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Old 03-21-2010, 01:06 AM   #11 
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Even once you are cycled you will need to do TWO water changes a week.. 50% each time. Once a month is way too little for a small tank and I think only tanks 50+ gallons that are heavily planted should only get monthly water changes.

Check and make sure your tests aren't expired. The last 4 numbers of the lot number are the exp date. For instance if the lot ends in 1109 the test expired in Nov. 2009.

A 2 gallon with one fish should start to show ammonia quickly.. maybe not in the first few days but definitely by the end of the week. Don't do a water change until you get an ammonia reading. When you get a reading do a 10-20% change.
Sorry to steal this thread from the OP.

I don't know what its exp date is I will have to look at that soon.

I did think my ammonia test was "broken" So I did my own little experiment. I added a drop of window cleaner (with ammonia) to the test tube which just had tap in it. The test immediately turned bright orange (5+ppm). So I know the test is working fine.

When I test my Bettas water I get a very very feint yellow, which is way below the orangish .25 ppm the test color is.
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Old 03-21-2010, 01:32 AM   #12 
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Ok I'll consider the filter. I've just dropped a tonne of money on my diabetic cat so I was hoping I can get by with no filter. haha..I'm sure he'll be fine for a few weeks.
I already have my little guy set up in a gallon tank, he's been with me for two weeks, so that was the water I was referring to =)
I have little experience with live plants. I've got some in my guppy tank, and a couple in my bettas tank at the moment. All seem to be ok, any suggestions?
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Old 03-21-2010, 09:48 AM   #13 
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Old 03-21-2010, 11:31 AM   #14 
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Ah I see then :)

Well shouldn't his current water be from your tap water already ? So I don't think there'll be any problems with the water ?

As for plants, I've heard countless times that its very difficult to kill anubias var. nana // java fern. Haven't grown them myself...yet. : )
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I'll have them this evening! Recharging camera batteries! =)
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Old 03-21-2010, 12:56 PM   #16 
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Ah I see then :)

Well shouldn't his current water be from your tap water already ? So I don't think there'll be any problems with the water ?
Nah I didn't think there would be any probs with the water, I did an ammonia test on it last night, and its negative...can't say the same about my guppies water tho


I think Anubias is what I already have..and I wanted to get some Java fern as well....since both are as you said, hard to kill.
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Ok here are the pics... I've never uploaded so hopefully they arent too big
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He's beautiful!!
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Old 03-21-2010, 02:58 PM   #19 
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OOooooh. He's a beauty.

I have the majority of my guys in 2.5 gallon tanks all with filters and 25w heaters.

I have one beauty in a 5 gallon with an AquaClear 10 filter and a 50w Petco heater (fully submersible WITH the ability to turn it up or down). Once you have the 5 gallon cycled, it's so little maintenance every week that you'll be thankful you got a filter.

Congrats on your beautiful fishy and welcome to the forum.
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