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Old 08-10-2011, 11:17 PM   #2191 
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Oh, derp! I though it was a separate air pump...

I forgot sponge filters need air pumps...but no, you do not need two filters...as long as there is water flow between the two sides...
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Old 08-11-2011, 12:44 AM   #2192 
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cool thread(:



what's a recommended water conditioner? my water is pretty icky, it tends to stink.


also if you put too much in, does it harm the bettas?
Does it stink when you just run it from the tap, or after its in the tanks?

If it stinks when in the tank, it needs more changes.

All water conditioners are more or less the same- except for conditioners like prime that help neutralize ammonia.

Look for ones that require less drops/gallon. Top fin's should be around 2 drops a gallon, which is really good. I use it, too.
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Old 08-11-2011, 04:00 AM   #2193 
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ahaha, okay. thanks you (:




well it stinks mildly whenever it comes out of the tap. i know it's particularly bad when we wash dishes. why i keep nagging at mom for a filter, ha. but it gets worse when i put it in the tank.


i do daily changes though. :( and i did a 100% today and it stinks like crazy.
I NEED MY SPONGE FILTER
i've been using prime, also.

i have a regular filter but i can't leave it in there when the bettas are in there- it sucks their fins right up. x_x and the cotton thingy inside looked downright vomit worthy when i pulled it out today.


also, does excess conditioner hurt betta fish?

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Old 08-11-2011, 09:19 AM   #2194 
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Generally no.
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Old 08-11-2011, 11:06 AM   #2195 
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Two quickies.

How old until the betta's (male and female) a completely mature?

At that time will they start build actual bubble nest instead of the random little bit of bubbles?
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Old 08-11-2011, 11:50 AM   #2196 
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First question: I think its about 10 months to a yr. Second: they may do it sooner, or might not do it at all. It depends on the betta.
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Old 08-11-2011, 12:26 PM   #2197 
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cool thread(:

what's a recommended water conditioner? my water is pretty icky, it tends to stink.

also if you put too much in, does it harm the bettas?
Tap water can be conditioned but I'm not sure about natural water. If your water stinks, I wouldn't use it. My well water stinks and turns yellow after an hour in a tub and it's deadly for fish.

The only way to use these kinds of water is through filtering - here are some media commonly used in my area (depends what is in your water):
Media Filter:
- Activated sand (to filter fine debris)
- Manganese (to reduce diluted metals)
- Activated carbon (reduce the smell, neutralize unwanted chemicals)

- Chlorine Tablet (neutralize chlorine)

- Zeolith (filters fine debris and add oxygen concentration)

- Antrasit/Anthracid (filter fine debris)

- Ferrolite (reduce iron concentration)



The most common media used in my area is activated sand/zeolith sand and activated carbon. My well water would also need both manganese and ferrolite if I wanted it to be safe.


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Two quickies.

How old until the betta's (male and female) a completely mature?

At that time will they start build actual bubble nest instead of the random little bit of bubbles?
Most bettas stop growing after 12 months (if they are kept in small tanks). If well cared for, they should be fully grown by 10 months. But they are sexually mature around 3 - 4 months. Most males build their first "actual" bubble nest at 4 months. The ideal age for breeding is around 6 months (about 70-90% growth).
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As is Dragon has a nice little nest going, but Phoenix just has a few bubbles around the rim of his apartment. I'm going to wait a couple months since I have no clue how old they actually are.
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Qt them, as one may be sick, and the other not..

How long should I keep them in QT?
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A week. Maybe two.
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