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Old 04-20-2011, 08:45 PM   #1081 
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pheonix: In my experience, they are typically a bit smaller than males. in an uncycled 3 gallon, you need a 100% once a week as well as one or two 50% water changes. In your 5 gallon, it depends on the stocking
Okay, thanks. In the 3 gallon i usually do 1 1/3rd change and 1 large (like 95 - 98%) change. I say 95% because some water gets left behind in the gravel. In the 5 gallon i have very tiny betta and lots of live plants, i might add a few shrimp once it's cycled but i haven't' made up my mind yet. Both are filtered.
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Old 04-21-2011, 08:55 AM   #1082 
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I forgot to ask this but do females make bubble nests? or is it strictly a male behaviour?
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Old 04-21-2011, 11:03 AM   #1083 
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females physically can't really make large bubble nests like males can. Males have something in their saliva that helps the bubbles stick together and prevent popping. Some females make small ones, but it's not common.
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Old 04-21-2011, 11:10 AM   #1084 
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Adding In decaf green tea (left to pre soak for not too too long) makes the water sticker, which helps make nesting easier...just a suggestion to anyone who loves nig nests!
as soon as I tam the water with it, alle goes nuts and nests.
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Old 04-21-2011, 11:26 AM   #1085 
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How do you add green tea?
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Old 04-21-2011, 11:51 AM   #1086 
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females physically can't really make large bubble nests like males can. Males have something in their saliva that helps the bubbles stick together and prevent popping. Some females make small ones, but it's not common.
Oh, in that case my tiny female might just be a tiny male. I woke up to find a nice bubble nest next to the filter in her/his tank. Is there any other way to determine a male from a female?
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Old 04-21-2011, 12:29 PM   #1087 
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I think I'll just use sand in princetons 5 gallon. lol
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Old 04-21-2011, 12:59 PM   #1088 
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pheonix: look at the ventral fins (the two long ones right below the belly). Females have really small and thin ones, and males tend to have longer and thicker ones. When males flare, they flare sideways at the other fish in order to look larger. When females flare, they flare head on.

Here is my quick question:

I forgot to take the blanket off the tank (i use it to block out light when it's night time for them), and it's thick enough to block out all light. Will my boys be alright for a day in complete darkness until I get home?

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Old 04-21-2011, 01:35 PM   #1089 
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They should be fine. They last a couple days in darkness in a shipping box, so he should be fine. It'll be relaxing for him, he'll be all chill when you get home xD
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Old 04-22-2011, 06:06 PM   #1090 
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How fast will a golf/tennis ball sized clump of java moss grow in a heated/filtered ten gallon tank with a male betta & 6 cardinal tetras? I have one ten Watt bulb lighting 1/2 the tank(it makes a nice effect)
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