Originally Posted by copper08
i don't have a filter, i think i shouold pick one up.. and crushed coral! i'm not very experienced
ive had the 10 gallon for about a week now and have a water heater, thats it. i thought bettas didnt nesessarily need filters because they can get 02 from the surface!
i am starting water changes every three days but now i wont do the full tank cleanings!! i didnt know they were so bad..
so i need to get filter, crushed coral, then snails
wow its kinda confusling!
ps what do you need to figure out what your ph is?
It's the same sort of test as you would use to check for your other water parameters. Do you test for amonia, nitrite and nitrates? If not then I recommend you getting a master liquid
test kit (the test strips are unreliable) which will test for the above 3, and ph. They usually run about £20 but last for AGES and are well worth the money. It's important to check your water parameters even after your tank has cycled.
Is your tank cycled? If not, please, please hold off on adding anything else, especially the snails until it is. Like I said snails are often more sensitive to bad water quality than fish.
Wait until you can check your ph before you add the coral. Maybe you won't need to add it. Add it only if your ph is too low, and do it gradually so as not to shock your bettas, though they will do fine in a higher ph as long as they are acclimatised by doing it gradually.
You can add it to your filter, but the way I do it in my betta tank is simply to add it to the substrate in amongst the gravel. It's easier to do it gradually that way as you add a little, then monitor your ph after a day or so and add more if need be, monitor your ph after a day or so and so on.
Just to let you know though, you may need a lot ofit. I added a full bag (about the size of a bag of sugar) to my 8g to bring my ph up form 6 to 7.5. Of course how much you need, if any, will depend on your current ph.
Sorry to overwhelm you with information, just didn't want to see you buying a snail and finding it doesn't do well. It's best that you find out as much as possible before adding anything new to your tank. :)[/i]