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  1. Betta Fish Diseases and Emergencies
    Tank has been running for years, but I've had this Betta since February. 10g, filtered, heated ~80°. Parameters have been at 8 ph, less than 0.25 ammonia (it's not yellow but not as dark as the first block), 0 nitrates and nitrites since I got him so a solid 9 months. It has never fluctuated in...
  2. Betta Fish Care
    Hi, I am new to looking after a betta fish and was unaware that you had to cycle your tank before you add fish so I am now doing a fish-in cycle. I don’t know if my nitrogen cycle has started, or what stage it is at. I have been using the API Ammonia test kit and API test strips (I know the...
  3. Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories
    Hello, I’m new to the hobby and I’m trying to do things right! I have a 3.5 gallon tank that is cylindrical. After rinsing all everything and arranging it how I wanted, I filled the tank with purified water that I bought by the gallon because we have well water. I plugged in the heater and the...
  4. Betta Fish Care
    hey, i am new to the betta world and i am trying to be a good betta mommy. My buddy just got a new 10 gal tank and i am fish in cycling. yesterday we got it all settled and today the ammonia levels read over 1.0ppm. just out of curiosity i tested my tap water and it read .5ppm strait out of the...
  5. Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories
    Hello all. I have abruptly and unexpectedly come into the ownership of a new betta fish, which will be arriving Monday. I was not really expecting this, so I decided to start a cycle in my 5 gallon tank. The substrate and decor all came from a fairly old yet neglected tank, so I do not know if...
  6. Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories
    I recently got an awesome deal on a used 10 gallon which came with everything I need (filter, heater, canopy & light, gravel etc.) for only $25! Everything has been well and properly cleaned. I have been keeping bettas for several years now, but only in 2.5gal tanks. I did routine care and water...
  7. Betta Fish Diseases and Emergencies
    Hi, I did try to get an answer to this through reading stickies and other forum posts and doing forum word searches, but didn't find what I'm looking for. I'm starting with 1) what started this, 2) the change in tank conditions, and then 3) list the requested specs as they are right now: 1)...
  8. Betta Fish Care
    As discussed in a previous thread, I recently moved my fish from a 6.5 gallon to a 20 gallon. Due to basic inexperience (and impatience) I have one blue veil tail betta, Dart, five neon tetras, and one ghost shrimp. Dart, who came down with his third or fourth case of fin rot, and has healed...
  9. Betta Fish Care
    Today I did a 90% water change on male's 10 gallon tank and a 70% change on my females' 10 gallon tank. As I was adding new water to the tank and measuring out my conditioner, I ran out! Unfortunately, I also have my agressive female, Daphne, in an unfiltered 1 gallon bowl for the time being (I...
  10. Betta Fish Care
    My Nitrites are persistently high due to a cycle crash and now my poor betta is showing signs of nitrite poisoning despite me doing 50% water change every day. Started doing two water changes a day last night because they spike right back up. I'm only feeding him one pellet a day now too. Didn't...
  11. Betta Fish Care
    okay so i bought a betta for my daughter on a whim. i knew when we bought him that we would be putting him in a 10g tank. i did not know about tank cycling before i bought him. so i read about it and have been trying to cycle for a little over two months now. about three weeks ago i used to api...
  12. Betta Fish Care
    Hi there, To make a long story short. I got Marley on October 5th from PetCo. He is a half moon betta. He looked very healthy and happy and ready to go to a new home. I decided to get him the 2.5 Aqueon mini bow. Conditioned his water with Top Fin water conditioner I put one of those green...
  13. Betta Fish Diseases and Emergencies
    Please help! I just moved Sapphire to a new 10g tank on Monday. He was really active Monday and Tuesday, but when I woke up this morning, he was extremely lethargic and wouldn't eat. Even for the two weeks I had him in a small bowl (I believed the petstore people until I found this forum) he was...
  14. Betta Fish Care
    I made the newbie mistake of cleaning my month-old filter sponges too much last week and now my 3-gallon planted tank has the expected bacterial bloom going on as it recovers. Nitrite is pushing around 3ppm, nitrate around 10ppm, though I only have test strips so accuracy isn't great. However...
  15. Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories
    Hello, all! I'm currently in the process of cycling a five gallon tank in preparation of live plants and a betta. I've been using an "add and wait" method, where I add just enough ammonia to raise the levels to about 3-4ppm (about 15-20 drops for me) and testing daily while I wait for the...
  16. Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories
    Hi there all! So within the next few days I will be acquiring a male betta fish, named Finnick :-D, from a friend who can no longer care for him. I've never had one before myself but offered to take it off her hands. I've been reading up on their care over the last few days (mostly on this...
  17. Betta Fish Diseases and Emergencies
    My male betta has pretty severe fin rot so I moved him to a cycled 10 gallon tank to treat him. Before adding the treatment, I tested the water and there was 0 ammonia in it but I did a 25% water change to make it extra clean. My tap water has 1ppm ammonia in it, so I put some prime in to...
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