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Old 07-15-2013, 04:07 PM   #1 
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Betta Fish Swimming Actively Back & Forth

I recently purchased a 3 gallon AquaFarm, Aquaponics tank online. I purchased a Male Veil Tail, and set up the tank, and everything seemed ok for the first week but bacteria seemed to be building up. After reading some suggestions online, I purchased a small fern, a Catfish Otocinclus, a Inca Gold Snail, and Several Small Trumpet Snails to help maintain the tank. Since I have the Betta seems to be swimming very actively around the tank. Any suggestions?
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Old 07-15-2013, 04:17 PM   #2 
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Maybe you could elaborate further on what the issue is now? My boy is generally always swimming in his bowl.

Does your boy seem stressed? Biting fins, showing stress lines? Is he attacking things or hiding?
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I only thought he was stressed as he was very active all day. Before I added gravel, plant, and toy & friends he seemed more stationary. I am happy if he's happy :)
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Old 07-15-2013, 04:27 PM   #4 
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Hmm.. He may feel crowded. Try taking out one of the larger pieces of tank decor? And.. depending on when you added the things, he may still just be adjusting. Keep an eye on him and just watch for any signs that he's overly stressed.

Also.. as a side note, watch those snails. I've had them end up taking over if I had more than one..
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I only added a small plant and a small toy so he could hide and rest. Figured the plant to oxygenate along with the pump, and the snails to help clean the tank. Which snails should I watch out for?
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Old 07-15-2013, 04:35 PM   #6 
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I think you have added far too many friends...
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Old 07-15-2013, 04:49 PM   #7 
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Here have a look, what do you suggest?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wOVej21KqXs
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I think you should remove some of the snails.
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Old 07-15-2013, 05:26 PM   #9 
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Here is another video showing the circles he is swimming https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hq7t3Hbuhi4. The trumpets are tiny tiny snails, that I have 4 of. The Inca is one off an minds his own business. How many and which should I get rid of?
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Old 07-15-2013, 05:44 PM   #10 
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I think with a tank that size that you should have only the betta and maybe one snail. 3 gallons is very small.
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