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Mine got jiggy in the hospital tank I have. My dad just asked what is growing in it, and I was like baby snails! He was like can't you clean the tank tho? I was like no cuz they are so small I don't wanna kill them or something.

If you get any blues or pinks, I am interested since mine have seemed to died out or I can't find them.
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I might have pinks. There are some that do seem to be getting that distinct pinkish tint. Most of them seem to be leopards, though. We'll see!

OK. Water change done. Giving 15 minutes for the heater to adjust, and then turning it on. I'll test the water after I do a few things inside the house.

Update on the tank I found in a thrift store:

Here's the whole setup - no heater, no thermometer. Filter & hood light need to be cleaned before I dare try them to find out if they work.


Decor piece #1. I really like this item. The edges are very smooth. It seems worth disinfecting and reusing. The coin is a quarter, for scale.


Decor piece #2: Moderately attractive. Also fairly smooth, but plastic. I'll soak it in a bleach solution and give it a closer examination. It doesn't seem like it'd be safe for bettas, and I like live plants, so I'll probably toss it.


Brand new filter refills. Always useful.


A close up of the filter. Eeeeeeeeeeew.


Cleanup plan: Everything will be scrubbed with plain hot water. That should dissolve most of the solids that are crusting this thing. I may have to do that twice.

After the hot water scrub, I'll do a bleach treatment. The tank and equipment are really gross, and who knows why this person got rid of it. I'm guessing by the colors of the decor that it was a kid's tank, so the filth is probably due to sheer neglect.

After the bleach treatment, I'll rinse with hot water until the bleach smell disappears.
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jeeze that's one dirty filter!! Poor fish before...
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What did they do to that filter? Like did they use it for a saltwater lake or something?!? It's so gross. Lol.
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After a water change on the 10g day before yesterday, and a water change today, the nitrate test still looks like this:



*grabs the siphon, sighs*
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Finally. I ran out of time, so I'll put him in tonight...

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you were mentioning having problems reading the colours on the test. have you tried checking what colour it isn't as opposed to what colour it is? that was how I managed to tell the difference between close shades.
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The problem is the colors themselves look identical to me. The 10 and 20 look exactly the same on the card, even under bright white light. So do the 40 and 80. I guess my vision for color isn't very good.

At least I can tell the difference between 20 and 40!
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LOL! I understand. I had to get my husband to read the colours for me for the first couple of weeks.
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The problem is the colors themselves look identical to me. The 10 and 20 look exactly the same on the card, even under bright white light. So do the 40 and 80. I guess my vision for color isn't very good.

At least I can tell the difference between 20 and 40!
I can't tell the difference either, and I'm an artist. I have received compliments on my eye for color by experienced art teachers. And I'm still squinting at that thing going "What?"

Not just you.
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