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Old 03-06-2014, 02:40 PM   #11 
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Date: 3-6-14 (Day 4)
Ammonia: ~.10
Nitrites: ~.10
Nitrates: x
Drops of Prime added: 2
Water change: x
Ammonia after water change: x
Nitrites after water change: x
Additional notes: So as some of you might have heard if you have seen the Betta Care forum today, there was an insane incident this morning. Flareon had jumped out of his tank. Luckily I woke up to go to the bathroom and noticed he wasn't in there. Full story here. He's still alive and his cycling adventures will continue. Because I think it might have been a factor in his jump, I have baffled my Azoo palm filter even though it is already set to the slowest setting. He seems to really like that. He isn't getting drawn toward the filter from the current anymore.

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Old 03-08-2014, 09:27 AM   #12 
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Date: 3-8-14 (Day 6)
Ammonia: .10
Nitrites: .25
Nitrates: x
Drops of Prime added: 4 (with new water)
Water change: 50%
Ammonia after water change: 0
Nitrites after water change: .10
Additional notes: Flareon seems to be doing fine two days after his attempt to mimic a beached whale.
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Old 03-08-2014, 03:52 PM   #13 
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I'm so glad he's ok after his out of water adventure!
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Old 03-09-2014, 11:31 AM   #14 
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Date: 3-9-14 (Day 7)
Ammonia: .05
Nitrites: .25
Nitrates: x
Drops of Prime added: 4 (with new water)
Water change: 50%
Ammonia after water change: 0
Nitrites after water change: ~.7
Additional notes: I guess I've reached the point in the cycle where nitrites begin to skyrocket? Because I just did a water change yesterday, and nitrites were back up to .25 overnight. At this rate I will be doing two water changes a day. I'll check Nitrites again tonight and if they are high I will do a water change before I go to bed just to be safe.
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Old 03-09-2014, 08:58 PM   #15 
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Date: 3-9-14 (Day 7 part 2)
Ammonia: Below .10
Nitrites: Below .10
Nitrates: 30 ppm
Additional notes: Just a quick test I did an hour ago to make sure the levels were acceptable, just because I was curious I tested for Nitrates too. I also checked the pH and it is at 7.4
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Old 03-10-2014, 12:43 PM   #16 
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Date: 3-10-14 (Day 8)
Ammonia: .05
Nitrites: .25
Nitrates: x
Drops of Prime added: 6 (with new water)
Water change: 75%
Ammonia after water change: 0
Nitrites after water change: .05
Additional notes: I did a 75% water change today because I discovered last night that one of his painted decorations was peeling (go figure). I did an extra thorough cleaning with the vacuum just to be sure there weren't any paint chips floating around. Now the only decorations in his tank are the green silk plant and the tiny green plastic plant in the front (looking at my avatar). I'm returning the two trees today, and I ordered some silk plants which should arrive in 2 days.
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Old 03-11-2014, 01:44 PM   #17 
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Date: 3-11-14 (Day 9)
Ammonia: 0
Nitrites: .10
Nitrates: x
Drops of Prime added: 3
Water change: x
Ammonia after water change: x
Nitrites after water change: x
Additional notes: So I'm not sure, but I think Flareon might have fin rot. His fins turned into swiss cheese after his jump, and I noticed today those areas look a little black. I don't know how I'm going to treat it, if it is fin rot...
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Old 03-11-2014, 02:53 PM   #18 
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So I ended up doing a 50% water change anyway, 6 drops of prime added. I want to keep the water clean just in case Flareon DOES have fin rot.
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Old 03-12-2014, 06:02 PM   #19 
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Date: 3-12-14 (Day 10)
Ammonia: 0
Nitrites: .15
Nitrates: x
Drops of Prime added: 3
Water change: x
Ammonia after water change: x
Nitrites after water change: x
Additional notes: The silk plants arrived! I boiled them for a minute, rinsed them in primed water, let them dry, then added them to his tank. Now there are no plastic plants in Flareon's tank to snag his fins. Here are the updated pictures of his set-up. I also built him a rock cave which I'll add in tomorrow as a centerpiece.



Even though his tank is so full now with plants, he's still glass surfing like a maniac, which you can see him doing in picture #2. I know it's not because the filter is too strong, because the silk plants have zero movement and the water looks still from above, so that's not what's causing it. I'm just going to wait to see if it passes.
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Old 03-16-2014, 06:48 PM   #20 
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Date: 3-13-14 to 3-16-14 (Day 11-14)
Ammonia: 0
Nitrites: .25
Nitrates: x
Drops of Prime added: 6 (with new water)
Water change: 50%
Ammonia after water change: 0
Nitrites after water change: .5
Additional notes: Sorry for the lack of updates! I've combined the last few days because it's been the same thing over and over. Within 24 hours nitrites are always back up to .25, so I'm doing daily water changes now. Flareon has stopped glass surfing, finally. He still does it a little but definitely not as bad. Tomorrow after the mandatory water change I'm going to also test for pH and nitrates.
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