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  1. When should I do my first water change?

    Betta Fish Care
    Hello! I am a new betta owner, and am stuck on when to do my first partial water change. I set up my tank around 8 days ago (June 5th) and added my fish 5 days ago (June 8th). I remember reading that you should wait to complete your first water change until your cycle is complete. Is this...
  2. Terracotta pot question?

    Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories
    So I tried searching to see if this had been asked and couldn't find anything. I have a mini terracotta pot that I had tried to grow some plant in (got it at five below, it came with the soil thing and seeds.) Well, I kind of forgot about it and nothing ever sprouted lol. Anyway, now I was...
  3. Starting up again!!

    Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories
    So after losing my betta, King, I have decided to come back to the world of bettas! I need advice on how to go about setting up his tank again so its ready for a new fish friend. King passed away after being ill, (he had torn his fins on an ornament which I threw out once I noticed, but never...
  4. Cleaning a Betta tank with live plants

    Planted Betta Tanks
    Hi, I have a 15 gallon tank with a betta, guppies and nerite snails. This tank has been going strong for nearly 6 years, and several years ago, I made a switch to live plants (I believe they are Java fern attached to wood). I find that the plants are now large enough that the roots want to grab...
  5. New to owning a Betta fish

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    Hello everyone I'm totally new to owning my first betta, I've attached a pic of him :) I got him yesterday, he is in a tank with heater and filter and seems very happy, swimming lots and just resting occasionally. I was wondering what people's tips were on making a 25% water change, bearing...
  6. Hello, this is clueless and confusion I have a lot of questions

    Planted Betta Tanks
    Well hello. Recently my betta fish died :( And I just determined that it was probably because he most likely got scratched on his plastic plants then got a bacterial infection or something. So after chucking out those lovely little killers plus my crappy fickle water tester I decided that I...
  7. Tank cleaning/companion questions

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    Hi guys! :wave: I have a few questions for ya’ll. 1....On tank cleaning. i have a ten gallon planted with mostly fake plants with the exception of one moss ball. Today I took out the fish in there (One betta and four pygmy cories) and tried to vacuum it. Took about three gallons out. Still...
  8. Cleaning Rocks In Fish Bowl

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    Hey everyone, I've had my betta, Cedric, for 5 months now and I'm still getting the hang of cleaning his bowl... 1. I use a hose to clean it, and suck out the fallen food, and nasty stuff on the floor/rocks. Sometimes, it sucks all this stuff from under the rocks/stones that I've never seen...
  9. Where should I put my betta when I'm cleaning the tank?

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    So I'm not really sure what to do with my betta, Sokka, when I'm doing water changes or doing other misc cleaning things with his 3.5 gallon tank. I've only had him for two weeks. The first week, I did a 10% water change with Sokka still in the tank, because it was only a few days since I got...
  10. Algae and cleaning?

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    Ok, so I have a 15l tank with a live plant and corner filter, and it's near a window because I don't have a light. Before I say anything else, I have to say that I'm not moving the tank. Anyway, so there is obviously algae, as you can imagine, but it's also on the gravel. I'm going to get/make...
  11. Questions on Tank Maintenance

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    Hi everyone. I’ve recently set up my new betta tank and was hoping to get some advice on basic maintenance. I'm still in the fish-in cycling process so most of these questions will be applicable once the cycling process has completed. My gallon is approximately four gallons, houses one male...
  12. Cleaning the Bowl

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    Hello, My name's Jess, and I am new to the betta fish community! :) I've decided to sign up here so I can learn more about them and how to take care of them and keep them happy. I just bought a new betta fish named Gerard about a few days ago, and I already have come to love him. For now, he is...
  13. Cleaning reccomendations for 5g tank?

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    While I'm still waiting before getting another fish, I was wondering how often should I clean my 5 gallon tank? My last fish wasn't in it for very long. It's filtered so I was thinking a 20% water change weekly? or would 50% be better? Also, how long until a 100% water change if at all? I...
  14. Going on vacation?

    Betta Fish Care
    Hi I'm new here! Bonjour to everyone. In June I'm going to Scotland for two weeks. And I'm not sure what to do. I'm afraid my betta's tank is going to get so gross that it'll die or get sick. What can I do? Is it okay to leave my fishy in its tank for two weeks un-cleaned?
  15. Lots of floating waste after thorough cleaning

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    Hi there, I have a 5 gallon tank with a single male betta, filter, and heater. I have always been good about doing consistent, weekly water changes, but lately I've noticed a slight film on the side of the tank at the top of the water level. So, I decided I would do a more thorough cleaning...
  16. Fish died unexpectedly after water change, do I clean the tank

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    My fish died unexpectedly after a water change last night (RIP Krijger :cry:) My question is should I start the tank again? Heres a little info on the cleaning haha I had to clean my tank because of a dead snail (so obviously pretty high nitrogen compounds), I also added (cleaned obviously) new...
  17. Questions

    Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories
    My brother had 2 bettas. He took good care of them for a while but they died while I was away at college and he isn't interested in having anymore. He told me I could have his old tanks. They are both filtered and have heaters which is great. the only problem is that he was dumb and never...
  18. soap mix up

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    I was cleaning my tank today when I had an incident with soap. I had to transition from cleaning the tank to another task so I washed my hands and unfortunately I had left a part from the filter I was cleaning in the sink and it got soapy. I threw away the cartridge and replaced it with a new...
  19. Tank-Cleaning after Dropsy

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    My betta, Takeshi, was euthanized today after struggling with dropsy. Now that he's buried, it's time to clean out his tank, but I'm not sure how I should go about it. The tank is a one gallon with a filter. I read somewhere about cleaning it with bleach? I'm not really sure, since I'm not sure...
  20. To vacuum the gravel or not vacuum the gravel?

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    Do you guys vacuum your gravel when you do a water change? I've heard mixed things about it. Some people have said that it's best not to cause it holds beneficial bacteria and it could mess with my cycle but others say to do it because it holds so much nasty junk and most of the beneficial...
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