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Moony 42 10-02-2019 01:33 PM

Me and ace's intro post!!!
 
Hello guys!!!

I am so happy to be here with fellow betta enthusiasts.
My betta ace has been with me for almost 8 months.
He has been through rough times, me not being able to clean his tank due to my busy schedule, me not being able to feed ace, me not able to find a solution to his fin that isn't healing and the list goes on. After feeling bad I've decided to separate my cherry barbs from my betta. I don't mind buying a little more resources. So with your help I would first like transform my 1.7 gallon cube tank into a planted haven. And then maybe my 2 gallon into a planted haven too.

With these resources can you help me?

1. A 1 and a 2 gallon [cube shape]
2. a betta with a torn tail not healing even after a few months but he is perfectly fine. His tankmates are cherry barbs [3] that sometimes nip his fin. They also quarrel amongst themselves [rarely fin nipping]. They are in a 1 gallon with soil and are fed Hikari micro pellets and tetra bits.
3. A set off DIY cleaning suplies
4. A smart uncle who knows fish very well but rarely helps me. He got me the betta for my BDAY.:grin2:
5. A budget enough to buy some ADA tissue cultures.
6. A light
7. Some spare budget to buy rocks,filter,etc
8. A filter that doesn't work well with my fish so I do not use it.

Can you solve this case?

Love y'all
Moony 42

Shortnsweet 10-02-2019 03:56 PM

Hello and welcome to the forum!

Do you currently have your betta and cherry barbs living in a 1 or 2 gallon tank together? Usually bettas shouldn't have tankmates in anything smaller than a 5 gallon tank, and even at a 5 you'd be looking more towards snails or shrimp. If the fish are overcrowded, it could cause aggression and might explain the fin biting that's happening. I'd suggest picking out a larger tank for the cherry barbs for sure, at the very least a 10 gallon, depending on how many you have.

You mention a filter that doesn't work well. Is this because its too strong? You could look up DIY filter baffling (a lot of people use a plastic bottle and cut it and hang it over the filter to displace the water outflow if its too strong), or you could use a sponge baffle! If the filter itself is okay and its simply too strong, those would be easy fixes!

Old Dog 59 10-02-2019 04:54 PM

The recommended tank size for Cherry Barbs is no less than 10 gallon. However it is not recommended to house them with betta. Barbs are an aggressive creature and are known to nip other fish fins including betta. Tank mates in a community tank with a betta must be very passive. (like Ember Tetra in a shoal of at least 6., Harlequin Rasbora also in a shoal of at least 6., White cloud tetra in a shoal of at least 6., Smaller or Pygmy Cory cats again 3 to 6 or better in a 10 gallon tank. also the tank must be heavily planted in either live or silk plants to give these smaller fish a good place to hide,

Moony 42 10-02-2019 11:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Shortnsweet (Post 1852521796)
Hello and welcome to the forum!

Do you currently have your betta and cherry barbs living in a 1 or 2 gallon tank together? Usually bettas shouldn't have tankmates in anything smaller than a 5 gallon tank, and even at a 5 you'd be looking more towards snails or shrimp. If the fish are overcrowded, it could cause aggression and might explain the fin biting that's happening. I'd suggest picking out a larger tank for the cherry barbs for sure, at the very least a 10 gallon, depending on how many you have.

You mention a filter that doesn't work well. Is this because its too strong? You could look up DIY filter baffling (a lot of people use a plastic bottle and cut it and hang it over the filter to displace the water outflow if its too strong), or you could use a sponge baffle! If the filter itself is okay and its simply too strong, those would be easy fixes!

I'll try getting a bigger tank for the barbs. Can you send me an image of how you can put a strong filter in a plastic bottle? Thanks for your help!!!

Shortnsweet 10-03-2019 09:53 AM

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Originally Posted by Moony 42 (Post 1852521820)
I'll try getting a bigger tank for the barbs. Can you send me an image of how you can put a strong filter in a plastic bottle? Thanks for your help!!!

There's a really useful guide on the forum here about filter baffling, here you go!

https://www.bettafish.com/101-betta-...er-baffle.html


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