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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-06-2017, 10:11 AM Thread Starter
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Plants & frayed fins

I got some of the "Betta Bulbs" for Milo's tank, and in no time they have grown and are kind of taking over. How much plant is too much in a 2.5 gallon tank? (Pic 1)

Also, Milo's fins have started looking more frayed. I'm wondering if this could be because of the plants, or another reason. Any ideas? Pic 2 is current, compared to Pic 3 which is what he looked like a week or so ago.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-06-2017, 10:59 AM
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Doesn't appear to be plant damage.

Is there any decor that could be sharp? Like the inside of his cave?
Does your tank have a filter?
How often do you do water changes?
And what percentage?
Can you test your water? If not, take a sample to the pet store *before* you do a water change and ask for the exact numbers for Ammonia, Nitrite and Nitrate. They'll try to get by with saying levels are "safe" or "okay." Insist on the numbers.

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Is there any decor that could be sharp? Like the inside of his cave? No, everything is smooth.
Does your tank have a filter? Yes, it does. I have the Aqueon Mini Bow tank.
How often do you do water changes? I do 25% every week.
And what percentage?
Can you test your water? If not, take a sample to the pet store *before* you do a water change and ask for the exact numbers for Ammonia, Nitrite and Nitrate. They'll try to get by with saying levels are "safe" or "okay." Insist on the numbers. I should probably invest in a test kit. The only pet stores I have nearby (45 min away)
are PetCo and PetSmart. Do they test it there?
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Petsmart offer free water test. But they use test strips which means result can be inaccurate. I recommend to invest in an API master test kit.
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Just tested!
Ph 7.6
Ammonia .25 ppm
Nitrite 0 ppm
Nitrate 0 ppm
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Follow this tutorial to cycle your aquarium.
https://www.bettafish.com/30-betta-fi...-tutorial.html

If the budget doesn't allow for the entire kit you can get the liquid Ammonia test and API 5-in-1 test strips. I know some don't believe strips are as accurate as liquid but I've tested the same tanks at the same time with both and the readings were the same. However, by the time you buy the strips and the liquid Ammonia test you've spent almost as much as the Master Kit.

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