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Old 10-26-2011, 01:48 PM   #1 
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Need an opinion

i was wondering if it were safe for me to add my new beta to his new 10 gallon enclosure.
the ph is 7.8
nitrate and nitrite levels are at 0
the water is hard
chlorine level is 0
Ammonia is also 0
there is an anacharis plant in the tank. it seems to be doing fine. the lady at petco told me to wait 24 hours before introducing the fish to the tank. it has been 2 days. I figure its best to be safe than sorry. what do you all think, should i add him tonight when i get home from school, or should i wait until the end of the week.
currently he is in a half gallon enclosure.
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Old 10-26-2011, 01:58 PM   #2 
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I added mine right away. I also got my tank from Petsmart. I was told since it was just 1 fish, before anything had a chance to build up, the filter would have been taking care of it and the tank would cycle. I was told if it was a less hardy fish, I would have a problem.

So, I think you should be safe.

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Old 10-26-2011, 02:03 PM   #3 
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I would recommend to cycling your tank, AKA building out beneficial bacteria in your tank.

There are a lot of ways to do this, here's some ways on doing it: http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=47838

so, what it's in the tank, filter & heater and just an anarchis?
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Old 10-26-2011, 02:39 PM   #4 
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It's just Anacharis pant, filter, and big battleship ornament.
I'm at school doing this on my phone. If you want to see a picture of the tank go to the fish tank picture thread in the tank section. It should be a page or two from the end.
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Old 10-26-2011, 02:53 PM   #5 
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Be sure and properly acclimate him to the new water chemistry in the 10gal tank by adding small amounts of water to the Betta in the holding container over about 10-15min or to his tolerance and add him to the 10gal....if you have to top off the 10gal with fresh water-be sure to use dechlorinator.....
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Old 10-26-2011, 04:49 PM   #6 
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Thanks for the advice, I will be sure to do that.
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Old 10-26-2011, 04:54 PM   #7 
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Do you have a heater too? Basically a necessity unless you're house temperature is always 80F.
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Old 10-26-2011, 05:12 PM   #8 
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i do not have a heater. the light in his pen keeps the water at about 82 degrees, and my computer keeps my room at 80 degrees almost year round

i live in southern california, it never really gets cold here
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Old 10-26-2011, 05:19 PM   #9 
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which of the cycling methods should i use, the planted tank method or the shrimp method?
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Old 10-26-2011, 08:35 PM   #10 
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Just be aware that light is not a good source of heat. You have no control over how hot it makes the water, and when you switch it (and presumably your computer) off when you go to sleep, the water temperature will change. Stability is really important and nothing can really provide that except a proper heater. It's always good to have one just in case. :)

If you can get pure ammonia, that is generally easier (and less smelly) than the shrimp method.
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