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Old 03-26-2012, 07:52 PM   #11 
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Still, I think it's worth saying that even if it doesn't grow back to the size it used to be, I'm sure as long as you avoid infection he'll be able to live a wonderful life-- bettas are troopers like that.

What will you be doing with the other, new betta?
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Old 03-26-2012, 07:57 PM   #12 
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Poor thing! I would move rooms instantly...
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Old 03-26-2012, 08:03 PM   #13 
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1- First of all clean up all that mess and wash the entire tank with hot water.

2- If you have a filter change the cartridges, get the water, treat it and dose 1teasp of aq. salt/gallon of water. Leave the termostat at 80F so everything heals faster. I suggest that you buy StressCoat, it helps recovering faster.

BUT THE MOST IMPORTANT THING IS: GET THAT TANK OUT OF THERE!!!

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Old 03-26-2012, 08:05 PM   #14 
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I don't think that tank is big enough but that is no reason to change a filter cartridge. You should never change a filter cartridge unless a very bad disease sweeps your tank.. this will most likely not get infected if proper care is taken right away.
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Old 03-26-2012, 08:06 PM   #15 
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Oh my god, you don't need to age water if you use conditioner?

SWEET HEAVENS ABOVE, I think you just solved all my problems in life. Here I am trying to find clean buckets to age water in for four different tanks. Why did I not know this before?

(Are you absolutely 100% sure? I mean, I just don't know why I never heard that before-- I've been taking care of bettas on and off since I was like. Four or something. This forum was such a good idea to join.)

Gosh, sorry to derail the thread! +1 to the aquarium salt, and +10000 to reporting him to some sort of authority.
As soon as you add the conditioner and swish it around for a second, the water is good to go :) I've been doing it for Paarthurnax and my bettas in the past.

On topic - that is the most disturbing thing I have ever heard...
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Old 03-26-2012, 08:07 PM   #16 
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I hear ya. I went on spring break and my sitter destroyed my tanks. two of my fish are still recovering...
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Old 03-26-2012, 08:11 PM   #17 
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You must change the cartridge atleast once a month. The only thing that you never have to change but clean with the own aquarium water is the biological media (ceramic rings or siporax).

Good luck with your betta!
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Old 03-26-2012, 08:18 PM   #18 
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If you are talking about activated carbon, most aquarists do not even recommend using it. In a small tank you'd be doing too many WCs, it'd really have no need to be in a filter. It also does stuff like absorb plant nutrients. I think it was from more of a time when people didn't do WCs that often, which would cause your water to stink. Not a problem these days, I personally think it's just a money grab so you keep paying for something.
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Old 03-26-2012, 08:23 PM   #19 
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I mean you have to change the perlon (mechanical media).
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You wouldn't have to change it unless it was clogged with debris. Which could or could not be the case.
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