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Old 07-12-2013, 08:09 PM   #1 
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Thick film

Well i set up everythingfor my betta on tuesday, and i put a litte bundle of plants that he seemed to like from the dollar tree (like the fake plants people buy) i washed them off and made it so they were floating across the water and he swam through and liked them very much. But i noticed a thick film on the top of the water, so i got nervous and took the plants out. But now im nervous that he could get sick from them. Then i thought maybe its the real plants he has because i dont have a light for them[didnt fit] He seems fine though.. he has a big bubble nest in the corner and hes always very active. Could it just be he needs his water changed already? Is there any way to not ever clean their tanks if there is a filter? So the water is always moving?
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Old 07-12-2013, 10:02 PM   #2 
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Are you running a filter now? If you haven't read the sticky regarding fish IN Cycling a tank you'll want to. You should have a liquid water test kit such as the API Frshwater Master kit, you'll want to test daily for ammonia, nitrites & nitrates. Frequent water changes will be needed until the cycle completes, can take up to 8 wks. If you're not running a filter the frequency of water changes will depend on your tank size. A weekly water change is needed even with a filtered tank, there are minerals in the water that need to be replenished & nitrates will need to be removed. Depending on your current tank set up you may need to do a 50% water change.
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I dont have a filter at the moment, tomorrow im going to grab a bubbler just so the water is less stagnant. But next week i am going to get the same filter my father has, it is a very light flowing filter that takes the dirt from the bottom and top and also takes a lot if the nitrates out of the water so i wont have to change the water. :]
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Old 07-12-2013, 10:25 PM   #4 
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The filter doesn't remove nitrates, live plants will use them & water changes remove them. To keep a healthy tank long term water changes are needed regardless of filtration. In a new tank lots of water changes are need to keep the ammonia & nitrites in check until the cycle completes. If your unfiltered tank is 5g or less I'd be doing at least 2 50% water changes per week to keep my fish healthy & if its less than 2g I'd throw in a 100% with the 2 50%. That's my advice, take it or leave it.
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