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Old 12-30-2011, 10:15 PM   #1 
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Help would be highly appreciated

So this girl's on a trip. Her betta tank = not so good. And I have it till Tuesday night. Tomorrow I plan on cleaning it. Here's a description of it. Its a rather big bowl. Probably 2 gallons. Size so much doesn't worry me. It's how it looks. The plants have white ick on them, they can't stay in, bleeech. Should I do a full change of water? Half of the water? Input........??????????? (The poor betta went from a vase to a 1 gallon bowl to the bowl it's in now. He's a fighter)
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Old 12-30-2011, 10:29 PM   #2 
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White ick? That doesn't sound to good...
I would take them out and run them under VERY hot water for a couple of minutes. (and a water change for the whole bowl...) If the white stuff doesn't go away you should buy new plants...
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Looks like white algae..
Would I have to cycle the bowl?
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Old 12-31-2011, 11:27 AM   #4 
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While I'm relatively new (to bettas, not fishkeeping in general, but you may want to wait for a more experienced member to help you) I believe a 2 gallon bowl cannot hold a stable cycle, especially if unfiltered (do you have a filter in it at all?).

If you don't have a filter you'd need to do regular 100% water changes, so a cycle wouldn't be able to establish itself as the water is consistantly being changed.

Even with a filter I'm not sure if a 2 gallon bowl can maintain a stable cycle, so I wouldn't think you'd have any problems with cleaning the bowl and ornaments, refilling it and then acclimatising the fish back to it.

If you have substrate (gravel, rocks, whatever) in the bowl I suggest thoroughly rinsing that with hot water as well just in case there is something nefarious residing in it.
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Old 12-31-2011, 12:01 PM   #5 
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Ok Thanks. I thought so. It's NOT MINE. I would be shamed to call it mine.
No filter.
At all.
I will do a 100. Ill let it set a few min then float the betta. Thanks.
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