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Old 12-29-2009, 10:19 PM   #11 
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Well said 1fish2fish! FYI I found a master test kit (the liquid kind) at walmart for around $15, about half the price of petsmarts, I hate the way walmart treats their fish but I'm a poor college student :)
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Old 12-30-2009, 12:28 AM   #12 
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You gotta do what you gotta do. lol
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Old 12-30-2009, 01:26 AM   #13 
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bettababe... thanks for the tip. I'll have to look for those at my walmart, I'll be needing a new test kit soon.

I hate the walmart fish treatment also but like you said broke college students don't have many options.


Oh and to the OP... I forgot to stress .. when you get your test kit make sure its the liquid dropper kind (my roommate calls it a chemistry set and it does kind look like one lol). If you get the strips its really just a waste of money because they are not accurate at all. On a similar note... I don't remember if you said you have a thermometer for your tank but you will need one... the best ones are the in-tank glass ones (really cheap at walmart or petsmart)... the stick on ones not so much. Another good tip is to have a digital kitchen thermometer on hand for quick temp testing (but not necessary).

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Old 12-30-2009, 02:50 AM   #14 
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I'll have to go to Walmart soon and look for that kit. I did have the strips, but no matter what water I tested (I tried it from various sources), the results were almost always the same, so I really need a new/different one. I do have a liquid ammonia test kit, and that seems to work pretty well. And I have a digital thermometer that I got from Petco.
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Old 12-30-2009, 08:45 PM   #15 
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Wow! 0.o I had no idea that a 3 gal could be cycled! 0.0; Well I don't think I'll be able to get a betta until some time in febuary anyway. I REALLY want one now but my college is like 6 or so hours away and my next set of classes are going to actually take some focus so I'll have to have a month to myself to get acclimated! XD Everyone on this thread is REALLY knowledgeable! I'm really glad I came across it! =] Oh! and although you probably already got it I'm a poor college student too! XD =]
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Old 12-30-2009, 09:38 PM   #16 
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yup.. any tank will cycle. The reason people say that 1 gallons and lower won't cycle is if you are practicing proper husbandry (ie doing the daily necessary water changes required for that small a tank) it will make it impossible for a cycle to work.

When you have tanks that a bigger and thus require less frequent water changes it makes it easier for the cycle to take place.

If you were to let a 1 gallon tank sit and only do small partial water changes it would in fact cycle. The problem is that with the small amount of water and concentrations of ammonia and nitrite would probably kill your fish because its just too small (not enough oxygen etc in the water to support a fish and still be cycled)... if that makes any sense.

But even if you do the proper water changes on a one gallon.. over a LONG period of time the bacteria will develop somewhat... just not enough to reduce the frequency of water changes.
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Old 12-30-2009, 10:25 PM   #17 
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Thanks for explaining that 1fish2fish. I had always heard that a small tank won't cycle but now I know that it CAN work.
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Old 12-30-2009, 11:00 PM   #18 
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Oh good.. I was afraid I made no sense :-/. I try to explain it as best I can... I've had to learn a lot so I don't have to keep being dumped on when I say I keep a fish in a 1 gallon tank... yes its not ideal.. but it won't kill your fish if you keep up with proper husbandry.
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Old 12-31-2009, 12:00 AM   #19 
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I've been dumped on too, for keeping mine in gallon containers.

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Old 12-31-2009, 01:49 AM   #20 
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Yeah it seems to be a favorite pastime for betta "enthusiasts" LOL. I don't understand it though because breeders keep their fry in small containers... I've heard it helps their fins grow better. But for Joe-schmoe who has to save to upgrade to a bigger tank its unacceptable.
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