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Old 08-18-2009, 03:17 PM   #1 
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Is this OK?

I'm a new fish owner, and recently got a male betta as a first fish. He is about 2 inches long, and I got a normal fish starter kit for him, as the betta tanks were TINY! As in, a fourth of a gallon. The tank I purchased is 1 US gallon.

My question is, is that OK? I feed him twice a day (as the food instructions say), test the water twice a week, and change 25 to 50 percent of the water every two days. He seems fine, and the local fish store said it was fine. I have two live plants, an under gravel filter, incandescent light bulb as a heater, and a marble in his tank. The water has some wierd white stuff in it occasionally, but it disappears eventually.

Here's the test results I got today:

Temp: About 74.6 degrees F (not Celsius!)
Ammonia: 0.25, before water change
Nitrites: 0, before water change
Nitrates: 0, before water change
PH: About 6.2
Hardness: 0
Chlorine: 0
Alkalinity: 0

Is that fine?
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Old 08-18-2009, 03:44 PM   #2 
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Sounds like a great little home for a betta! In the future, you may want to upgrade to a 2 gallon tank, but he will be just fine in the one gallon for now.

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Old 08-18-2009, 03:49 PM   #3 
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Welcome to the forum and your betta sounds happy however in the future its easier to maintain a 2.5 gallon and up.
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Old 08-18-2009, 05:22 PM   #4 
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The home is fine, but the temperature seems a little low. Usually any temp below 76 degrees requires a heater, but as your tank being only a gallon there really isnt any for that size of tank. Maybe try relocating the tank to a warmer part of your room, away from vents but make sure it gets no direct sunlight= algae growth. But for the most part, everything seems good. Good Luck!
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Old 08-18-2009, 06:31 PM   #5 
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Once your tank begins to cycle, its ok for your Nitrates to go up to 40, but no higher. Ideal is between 10-20
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Old 08-18-2009, 06:47 PM   #6 
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Wow, thanks for the quick replies!

The temperature is a bit low, but the betta seems fine. It also went up recently for some reason, to 75.2.
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Old 08-18-2009, 08:20 PM   #7 
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Hello, and welcome! Congratulations on getting your first betta fish. If your ammonia reads 0.25 before the water change you may want to consider doing 100% water changes every 2-3 days, the reason being that you are eventually going to see it accumulate if only doing partial water changes. Even low ammonia levels for longer periods of time can stress a fish and cause disease. The goal is to have 0 ammonia, 0 nitrites and 0 nitrates in an uncycled tank.
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Old 08-18-2009, 09:06 PM   #8 
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sorry posted on wrong thread!
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Old 08-19-2009, 02:24 PM   #9 
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Hello, and welcome! Congratulations on getting your first betta fish. If your ammonia reads 0.25 before the water change you may want to consider doing 100% water changes every 2-3 days, the reason being that you are eventually going to see it accumulate if only doing partial water changes. Even low ammonia levels for longer periods of time can stress a fish and cause disease. The goal is to have 0 ammonia, 0 nitrites and 0 nitrates in an uncycled tank.
Thanks! But, how would one go along doing a 100% water change? You move them to another container, right?
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