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Old 05-19-2009, 09:06 PM   #1 
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Question Horizontal Lines????

Hi, I have two Male Betta fish. One is from Walmart, "Rescue" currently being treated for fin rot. Doing well.

But, my newest betta, Sammy, does something that confuses me? When I put him in the little cup when I clean his tank, he gets horizontal lines on his body. I don't know what this means? Is it a sign of stress or something?
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Old 05-19-2009, 09:07 PM   #2 
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He is in a ten gallon tank.
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Old 05-19-2009, 09:12 PM   #3 
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Yes, they are stress stripes. He's probably scared when you change the water.
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Old 05-19-2009, 09:14 PM   #4 
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Yes horizontal lines is a sign of stress, you shouldnt have to put him in a cup when you clean his tank if its a 10 gallon. You only need to change 20%-50% water changes which you can do with him in there.
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Old 05-19-2009, 09:14 PM   #5 
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Ahh dramaqueen always beats me
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Old 05-19-2009, 09:15 PM   #6 
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If the tank is cycled.
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Sorry, Ionballer. lol
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Old 05-19-2009, 09:19 PM   #8 
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I needed to clean the gravel though. I don't have a gravel vacuum. So, I scoop all the gravel out with a container and then go rinse it.
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Old 05-20-2009, 01:12 AM   #9 
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I have a five gallon and was too cheap to buy a tiny gravel vaccuum so I just went to the dollar store and got a turkey baster. It works fine as a mini-vac and, well, it was only a dollar. If you're young and/or live with your parents, you could always try stealing one from them. haha.

You'd still probably want to scoop out and rinse the gravel once in a while, but probably something like once every two or three months. Maybe even longer... and probably not at all or maybe once a year or something if your tank is cycled.
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Old 05-20-2009, 05:08 AM   #10 
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Just use some hose for now, or a cup from the kitchen a MAN'S cup one of them big ones, then change it like that, you shouldnt need to vaccum the gravel after 5 months and 1 fish. You can use the hose, fan the gravel and the poops will come up and float and then you can use the hose or baster or whatever you can come up with and get it done.

If you have just 1 fish, what filtration system do you have?
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