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Old 04-22-2011, 05:58 PM   #1091 
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Another question about java moss:
I found little snail things in mine. Are they dangerous? I destroyed the ones Ive seen so far. How long should I wait before adding the moss to my tank? It's in a separate container now.
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Old 04-22-2011, 06:32 PM   #1092 
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I bought java fern that had a snail in it. Find out what kind of snail you've got before you put it in your tank. I found out mine was the kind that would reproduce like crazy (even without a second snail) so I got rid of it. I waited 24 hours after I got my plants; I left them in untreated water for a full day befoe adding them to the tank to try to get rid of any unwanted stuff.
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Old 04-22-2011, 08:56 PM   #1093 
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Quick question:

am feedin my boy 3 times a day 3 pellets each time. Am i over feedin or under feedin?
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Old 04-22-2011, 09:02 PM   #1094 
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newarkhiphop, well, you are over feeding. Two to three pellets twice daily is more than enough for even a betta in a large heated tank that exercises a lot. 9 a day definately too much, you have to keep in mind that bettas' stomachs are the size of their eye balls.
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Old 04-22-2011, 09:08 PM   #1095 
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newarkhiphop, well, you are over feeding. Two to three pellets twice daily is more than enough for even a betta in a large heated tank that exercises a lot. 9 a day definately too much, you have to keep in mind that bettas' stomachs are the size of their eye balls.
ive been feeding him this way for the 3 weeks or so ive had him, should i switch him right away to what you recommend, or ween him down to it?
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Old 04-22-2011, 09:11 PM   #1096 
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I would just make the change. It'll be fine; it won't stress him out. The other thing I'd add for your consideration is to feed your betta six days and fast the seventh. (For my fish, Friday is the day I don't feed him. On Sunday, I give him a couple of frozen bloodworms instead of pellets for his first feeding.) It helps their digestion. A lot of people here follow that sort of schedule as overfeeding can lead to bloating and other problems. :)
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Old 04-23-2011, 08:14 AM   #1097 
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Uhg I don't want to begin a new thread but open sore on the top of bettas head? It started off small yesterday and now its quite large...it's white but it looks like hes sorta missing, i dont know what you call them...scales? He is eating normally, he is slightly more active and in the middle of the water he twists around a lot briefly then goes back to swimming like nothing happened. 2.5 gallon heated and filtered tank (temp 76 degrees, heater preset) last water change was a 50% on wednesday, I was gonna do another one today. The past two days he's been eating freezedried bloodworms because he is now being picky and refuses pellets >_< ik im probably over reacting...again...but you guys have helped in the past so, yea.
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Old 04-23-2011, 08:38 AM   #1098 
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I'd keep an eye on it. He might have columnaris. Can you try to get a picture? In that sized tanks, you are doing 2 50% and one 100% water changes a week, right? I'd get him back onto pellets, freeze dried is no good (think of it as potatoe chips).
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Old 04-25-2011, 10:56 AM   #1099 
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After adding driftwood and some anacharis, my water has turned green. Could the driftwood be releasing something? Algae bloom/suspended algae?

Also my nitrates have spiked significantly (about 40ppm), where my nitrites are 0, and the water is all around safe and more stable (the driftwood really lowered my pH from 8.4 to almost 7.0).

I read that nitrate isn't altogether toxic but will gave harmful consequences if not taken care of. True? I've increased water changes, and I'm getting on a 20% daily schedule until it clears up.

Thoughts? Comments? Thanks!
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Is your tank cycled? Or maybe it's just finishing cycling? In cycling a tank, ammonia spikes and drop, nitrites spike and drop, then nitrates are present but ammonia and nitrites should be at zero.
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