Betta Fish Care  
Go Back   Betta Fish and Betta Fish Care > Betta Fish Care
Check out the eBook Betta Fish Care Made Easy
betta fish
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 05-19-2009, 10:37 PM   #1 
trillian1973
New Member
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Nashville
I could use some expert help...

I am new to fishkeeping and I need some advice. My sons wanted to rescue a Betta, so I got them a fish and a 1/2 gallon tank on Saturday. In order to do him justice, I did a little research. (Apparently not enough!!) So I find out that the tiny tank is not going to work for him, so we purchased a 5 gallon tank with a filter and a heater. We set it up, let it run for 24 hours, acclimated the fish to his new surroundings and then turned him loose like the LFS employee said. Well then I find out about how I should have cycled the tank, so I'm panicking a little. I don't want him to die because I stupidly didn't know to cycle the tank first.

He has seemed pretty happy since his move, he's eating ok but tonight he's been acting oddly. He can swim just fine, but he prefers one particular part of the bottom of the tank. He'll hang out there awhile, then dart off, hide in his cave, swim around a bit, deposit a tiny bubble for his nest, and then go back to his "spot." He looks ok and seems pretty energetic when he's swimming, so perhaps he's resting or just likes this spot? I am growing real plants for him, should I put a silk one in for him to rest on while the real ones grow?

Of course since I didn't cycle my tank I'm freaking out thinking the ammonia has spiked already and he's slowly being poisoned, but would a dying fish start a bubble nest? I'm sorry I'm such a newb. I am getting the ammonia/nitrate/nitrite test kits tomorrow...is there anything I can do to salvage the situation? I feel so awful for putting him through the cycling.

Thanks in advance for your help and for reading.

Last edited by trillian1973; 05-19-2009 at 10:40 PM.
trillian1973 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-19-2009, 10:57 PM   #2 
dramaqueen
Banned
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Central Texas
Hello and welcome to FishForum. You could always keep him in the 1/2 gallon until the tank cycles.I have a 4 gallon that I'm not cycling and I do partial changes, 50%, once a week and once a month I do a full change. you could do that if you choose not to cycle. Hope this helps.
dramaqueen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-19-2009, 11:42 PM   #3 
AngelicScars
Member
 
AngelicScars's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: SC
It sounds like he is just adjusting to his tank.
AngelicScars is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-20-2009, 12:11 AM   #4 
Red Betta
New Member
 
Red Betta's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
I would definetly put silk plants in the tank before you put in real plants, this way the betta has something to sleep and hide in.
Red Betta is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-20-2009, 07:32 AM   #5 
Twistersmom
Member
 
Twistersmom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Ohio
Bettas are pretty hardy fish, if you keep up on water changes, he should be just fine. I am glad you are buying a water test kit. Test daily. Try to keep ammonia and nitrites under .25ppm. There is no such thing as two many water changes.
A 5 gal tank is fairly easy to cycle, so I would never do complete tear downs, this would destroy your cycle.
Just do water changes along with a little gravel siphoning.
Do not over clean the filter or media. This section will help start and hold the cycle. Just clean the filter media off in old tank water when needed, use it till its falling apart.
Twistersmom is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-20-2009, 06:26 PM   #6 
trillian1973
New Member
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Nashville
Thanks everyone for your replies! I am getting ready to test his water and then we'll see how it goes. Thanks again all!
trillian1973 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-20-2009, 06:33 PM   #7 
MrVampire181
Member
 
MrVampire181's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Colorado
The 1/2 gallon COULD house a betta, but only if you have a bunch of bettas and not a lot of space.

Sorry I never add fish until it's cycled, so I'm no help :(
MrVampire181 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-20-2009, 06:40 PM   #8 
IonBaller07
Member
 
IonBaller07's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Yah I have 10 gallons that I didnt cycle and all my fish have done fine. Most new bettas will sit in one spot for the first day or so because they are used to not moving and they dont know if theres any predators in the tank. If you want you can buy a chemical called "cycle" and its supposed to speed up the cycling process, alot of people avoid chemical but it seemed to work for me.

What are you feeding him and how much? Sometimes SBD can make them lay on the bottom for a while and it seems to be common so I figure Id ask.
IonBaller07 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-20-2009, 07:33 PM   #9 
trillian1973
New Member
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Nashville
He hasn't been eating a whole lot, I've been giving him one or two pellets twice a day. That's all he seems to want to eat. I did happen to catch him eliminating today (lucky me haha) so hoping he's not stopped up. How much of the water did you change out when cycling that 10 gallon? Thanks!
trillian1973 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-20-2009, 07:39 PM   #10 
IonBaller07
Member
 
IonBaller07's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
When I did my water changes? I just do about 50% once a week, more or less if the water has leftovers in it or something looks weird.
IonBaller07 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
New to bettas... need some expert opinions. atinsley Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories 12 01-01-2010 07:40 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:06 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.