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Old 09-12-2009, 08:32 PM   #11 
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Hmmm I've read SEVERAL times that it is pretty impossible to to cycle a tank smaller then 5 gallons.
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Old 09-12-2009, 10:10 PM   #12 
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Just as I hit reply my mind went blank.o.O It was a important thought too.
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Old 09-12-2009, 10:42 PM   #13 
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It is possible to cycle any size tank given that you don't do 100% water changes, this ensures that there is just enough ammonia retained to keep your bacteria going. All you need is a bit of ammonia, a porous surface and water flow to get the ammonia to the porous surface. That being said, make sure the water is tested almost obsessively until you're sure the tank is established and keep in mind that the larger tank is always the better option.
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Old 09-12-2009, 10:54 PM   #14 
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My crowntail is having the same sort of thing. He used to sit at the bottom and not move to much. When he was in his 5 gallon he was fine and rather active then I added a bubbler(since my plecos kept dieing since there was no filter or anything) then I added the fliter and he started sitting low but still moved around a bit. Then I moved them to a 10 gallon and he sat at the bottom and wouldn't move around to much. With the addition of 3 silver mollies he seems to be really angry by this so those might go back tomorrow. I dunno about all them together
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Old 09-13-2009, 01:26 AM   #15 
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He may be laying at the bottom because the tank is too small, or he's getting old.
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Old 09-13-2009, 02:58 PM   #16 
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Even though the water tests said it was okay... I did a 50% water change and put in some betta fix, he seems much happier and much more active now. Thanks for the help though!
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Old 09-14-2009, 07:40 PM   #17 
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For a 1 gallon tank, water changes have to be done more frequently. I do a 50% water change once a week for my 6 gallon, and it has the whole set up. I'd do at least a 50% water change every 2-3 days. ): If possible, invest in a bigger tank, because frequent water changes can stress your fish out.
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Old 09-18-2009, 10:52 PM   #18 
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some bettas are just inactive in general I have two males that swim like crazy and another that just sits on the bottom a lot :) I think he should be fine! If you are concerned you could just continue to keep an eye on him and look for signs of illness
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Old 09-19-2009, 12:13 AM   #19 
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First of all, I agree with what is being said - 1 gallon is way toooooo small for a betta. 2-2.5 gallons is definitely recommended. Second, how did you cycle a 1 gallon? Once again as mentioned before - I too have heard it is hard to cycle anything smaller than 5 gallons. And to answer your original question, my betta does lay on the bottom of the tank resting and will randomly dart around. Flair is usually hanging around the bottom or in his cave if no one is in the room.

Oh and I'd be doing more frequent water changes on a 1 gallon tank also.
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Old 09-19-2009, 12:49 AM   #20 
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I read that you can cycle a small tank but that it's hard to KEEP it cycled and stable.
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