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Old 07-23-2009, 06:17 AM   #1 
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Noobie help

So i got the betta as a starter fish and hes pretty awesome and seems to be doing pretty well. Its a 20 gallon tank and im debating on whether to get him his own smaller tank or what exactly to do.

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And heres him hangin out in the top corner, had to shine an extra light to see him


So what im wondering is i should take out/get a smaller air stone, i want one in there because i plan on getting more fish and my dad once told me about aerating water for them but he doesnt seem to like a current at all (although it was pretty funny to watch him chase food around in circles as the current took it). Ive got the filter and air stone on the left side of the tank and he mainly stays on the right side, usually the top back corner near the heater or then back bottom in a plant where theres no current. So will he get used to it or what should i do?

Also how does feeding fish brine shrimp work, does it have to be grown in a seperate thing or can i just toss some eggs in the tank?
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Old 07-23-2009, 06:39 AM   #2 
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Pretty betta, he looks like my Ares. I would remove the airstone if you also have a filter running. Betta's can breathe air form the surface and do not need all that aeration.

For cultivating brine shrimp you need a hatchery, do not toss the eggs in the tank.
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Old 07-23-2009, 07:11 AM   #3 
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What about for when i get other fish in there too? Do live plants put air into the water so i wouldnt need an air stone?
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Old 07-23-2009, 07:19 AM   #4 
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Live plants add lots of oxgen to the water. the airstone creates too much surface agitation for live plants, they will starve for food and algae will take over.
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Old 07-23-2009, 07:31 AM   #5 
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Ah i see, well looking around i found this "Unlike their plastic counterparts, live plants grow and respire. During daylight hours they take in carbon dioxide and give off oxygen, thus contributing to a healthy habitat. Keep in mind that at night this process reverses. In heavily planted tanks carbon dioxide levels can rise significantly, while the oxygen levels drop off. If fish are observed hanging close to the top of the water and gasp for air, it may be necessary to run an airstone at night." so so you think i should just run the stone at night like that?

Also, i was thinking about adding guppies and a sucker kinda fish or two, any fish you recommend that they go well with?
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Old 07-23-2009, 07:42 AM   #6 
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I would not put guppies with a betta. He may confuse them for small male betta's and kill them.

you can add an airstone at night of you notice all your fish at the top gasping for air. But unless you are adding CO2 to the tank this should not be needed.
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Old 07-23-2009, 08:19 AM   #7 
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Do bettas mix well with other fish? If not i guess i can just move him to the smaller 10 gallon tank above it.
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Depends on the types of other fish and the betta's personality.

My Zeus is in a 5.5 gallon with ghost shrimp and otto's and gets along just fine except for trying to eat the otto's algae wafer.
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Old 07-23-2009, 08:35 AM   #9 
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He seems pretty laid back but i was looking to get some really active fish since i really just put this tank together because its at ground level and my cat can watch fish till he falls asleep and he loves it. It kinda seems like a good idea to move him up so i can tailor the tank specifically for him.
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