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Old 02-06-2014, 05:00 PM   #11 
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I use it in my 5g.

I don't have any substrate, so I can't answer that question from experience, but I imagine it would be just as good as any other siphon for that.
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Old 02-06-2014, 05:07 PM   #12 
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Ok thanks. I read all the reviews on amazon and everybody but 2 were happy with it but some said it drains the water to quickly do you find that it drains the water fairly quickly?
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Old 02-06-2014, 05:11 PM   #13 
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Yeah it's pretty quick. It's fine for a 5g though.
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Old 02-06-2014, 05:11 PM   #14 
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Go to sink with put or bowl on floor.. Start water running thru tube and Spill into bowl until you can see that tube is full and put your hand/finger over the ends At tank, bucket should be below tank; plunge 1 end of siphon into water and the other fall into bucket. The water should flow. Does take some practice. I went totally ballistic one day when I could not get the siphon to work. I use a mini siphon, now. Too big and it's hard to manage. Try cutting the tube shorter.

BUT, low tech...use a turkey baster for the junk on the bottom and a bowl to scoop out the water.
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Old 02-06-2014, 05:29 PM   #15 
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I think I will take back my siphon and API stress Zyme and order the siphon online and get the API stress Zyme at petco.

If I do a 50% water change that should lower the ammonia from 0.25 to 0 right even if I don't add the API stress Zyme? And will I be able to add the betta before I exchange the API stress Zyme and siphon?

SO to try to simplify my question. Can I do a 50% water change to lower the ammonia from 0.25 to 0?

And will it hurt the betta in any way to be in the tank if I haven't vaccumed or added the API stress Zyme before he is put in the tank if the ammonia is 0?
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Old 02-06-2014, 05:50 PM   #16 
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Rather than keep answering similar questions, I'll be plain . . .

Yes, you can add your betta now.

You can add Stress Zyme if you want, but it's not needed.

When your betta is in the tank, do a 50% water change whenever the ammonia goes over 0.25ppm.

If you don't have a test kit, do 50% changes twice a week.

After 8 weeks, change the schedule to one 50% change a week

Every 2-4 weeks, swish your filter in tank water. Don't use tap water and don't scrub it.

Use a water conditioner whenever you do a water change.

If you do all that, then your betta should enjoy good water quality.
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Old 02-06-2014, 06:18 PM   #17 
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ok thanks. I am going to the pet store Saturday and if they have the EE beta and I like him and he is healthy I will get him or another one there I haven't been in there for a month because the other pet store across the street is better but only have plain bettas.

I am going to try to order the siphon you reccomened because I am sick of trying and trying again and just keep failing. This time I know how often to change the water.

Sorry It took me so long to learn but now I know what to do and thanks for your help and patience.
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Old 02-06-2014, 06:22 PM   #18 
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No worries. I understand that you want to make absolutely sure you are doing the right things. That's good as it shows you care.

EEs are a lot of fun to own. Their silly flappy fins seem to give them a lot of personality. Good luck finding a nice fish!
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Old 02-06-2014, 07:26 PM   #19 
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Thanks. I think he will be healthy if he isn't the same one that was there a month ago. I called yesterday and they had a EE and I am hoping he/she is still there Saturday because that is when I can go in town. I didn't get one earlier because they were $20 but now they are going out of business in a week so all bettas are 40% off plus and I think an extra 10% off so he is only like $10. But If he has something wrong with him I am afraid I will not be getting him if it is very bad because I don't have enough experience to purposely buy one with something wrong with it. I don't normally have good luck but maybe I will get lucky this time.
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Old 02-07-2014, 12:25 PM   #20 
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StressZyme really does nothing useful for a new tank. You really need an API ammonia teat kit and a bottle of Prime water conditioner. That's a better way to spend your money.

And some New Life Spectrum Betta or Omega One Betta buffet. Then you'll be taking pro\per care of him.
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