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Old 09-24-2009, 07:43 PM   #11 
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By 'tropical granules', do you mean food for tropical fish? If so, I wouldn't feed that to a betta. I agree with AngelicScars, I also reccomend Hikari
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Old 09-24-2009, 08:56 PM   #12 
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Actually I did mean to post in this thread. I did a search for water problems due to the overnight cloudy water scare. I boiled the hard scape, cleaned the betta bowl & started over, waiting 24 hrs to see water quality. I had class this morning so I could not hang around to watch him. On a hunch, I gave FredFish an Hikari granule this morning, he scarfed that up. So I dropped in two more, hoovered those up as well. Good. At about six-ish I dropped in a few Omega One betta flakes, same result. On the whole, I think I have a pretty hearty fish.

However, after this experience with a betta bowl, I plunked down for a 5g tank, submers heater, some plants, bloodworms, et cetera. I have had mechanically maintained tanks in the past, 20g 25 years ago, 20g & 10g when I was a kid. I am not new to tanks/fish, just the betta bowl.

I have never tried a bio-managed tank. One fish, why not give it a try? I have the two excellent Walstad tank links from my research last night & the basics to get the plant/bacteria matter started. One thing is for sure; NO 7-day blocks again. As preventative policy, all scape material will be tested in a separate enviro first. Any new fish will be quarantined for 21 days before I trust they are good to go, in the case of a larger community tank or additional sorority project sometime in future.
Thanks for the feedback Jupiter & AngelScars,

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Old 09-24-2009, 08:59 PM   #13 
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6 pellets at a time is a little much. Most people feed their bettas 2-3 pellets twice a day. They'll eat like pigs if we let them.
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Old 09-24-2009, 10:09 PM   #14 
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It was three Hikari all together this morning, one then two. The few Omega flakes were at six this evening. I am convinced the 7-day leave-in food block caused the cloudy water. What irritates me about the food block I removed is, the manufacturer claims that it supports the water, not ruins it.

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Old 09-24-2009, 10:53 PM   #15 
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I've heard that those feeding blocks can really mess up your water. Sorry I misunderstood about how much you were feeding FredFish.
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