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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 10-19-2019, 07:26 AM Thread Starter
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confused about feeding my betta

Good Saturday Morning all. A lot has happened with my aquarium hobby since last posting & NOT very good. All my Mystery snails have passed (my favorite tank pets), I've put the 5 gallon Fluval in my barn for temporary storage (really NEVER liked it), My 3 cory catfish seem to be TOO happy in the new 10 gallon tank (they keep laying eggs), but this time they all seem to be getting fungus and not hatching, & I lost my one & only previous fry in the Fluval before I tore it down. This post, however, is to ask 2 questions & get suggestions please. 1.) I feed my betta "Blue" that I'm crazy about a variety of foods & I soak all of them before giving. They all sink immediately and though he does eventually get them it seems very hard for him to swim all the way to the bottom. He's always at the top of his tank & it just seems he'd like the food to float for awhile for easier access. Do I really have to soak the foods first? 2.) The Cory catfish are FILTHY I need a second filter in their tank what would be the best to have. Currently I have an Aqueon QuietFlow AT10 and an airstone (I know it doesn't help w/filtration), but they seem to like it & I think it helps w/oxygenation. All my water parameters are good per API master water tester except Ammonia is 0.25 & Nitrate is about 40ppm close to 60ppm. I am NOT crazy about the cc, but still want to give them the best environment to live in. I ABSOLUTELY CANNOT give them a larger tank so that's out, but if another filter would help keep the 10g cleaner I can go that route.
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As for food, if he is eating from the top of the tank don't soak the food. (I would think you are feeding pellets?) if so and he isn't able to eat the pellet until it is softer than I would try crushing the pellet not soaking it. Either that or switch to feeding flake foods that float on top where he can access a meal.

I had the same problem with my Aqueon 10 LED filter. It only filtered about 65 GPH and didn't keep the tank clean. I have 6 5.5 and my 10 gallon tanks in all but one 5.5 I use a Top Fin 10 adjustable flow that came with a setup kit. They are all working fine in these heavily planted tanks. I have larger plants in front of the discharge shoot to baffle the output but the filtration is always on full. The 5.5 with the Aqueon 10 is not as clean and the filter has to be rinsed every few days to keep that darn light off. The pad is fine but the filter really stinks. In My 10 Gallon I switched from an aqueon 10 to a Top Fin 20 with 100 GPH filtration. The filter is also an adjustable flow but remains on full filtration and only plants to baffle the output. It doesn't create a real bad top current but there is top movement in the tank. I also put in a 6 inch air stone and adjusted the air floe to give me the right amount of aeration. giving plenty of oxygen to the tank. My 10 gallon is very heavily planted and overstocked, so the need for better filtration is required. I also find that with that filter change I don't have to remove as much water per week in water changes, I went from 75% to 55% changes per week and the water parameters are spot on. My stocking is 24 small tetra and Cory and one very large male betta. 181% overstock. all are doing well but I do not recommend anyone doing this unless they have the experience and the time to maintain the tank.
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