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  1. Tank cycling issues

    Betta Fish Care
    Hello! I’m a college student and I really wanted to get a betta to have in my dorm. Ive read into how to keep betta and want to make sure the little guy is comfortable and happy. I bought a 5.5 gallon tank from a local fish store and have started cycling it, using fish food to add ammonia and...
  2. When can I add my betta into his new tank?

    Betta Fish Care
    Apologies beforehand for the lengthy post, but I have had a confusing last couple of weeks cycling my betta's new tank and I'm not 100% sure if it is ready for him to go in yet because I don't know what everything is suppose to be at before putting him in! Alright so 2.5 weeks ago I received my...
  3. Cycling A Planted Aquarium.. my own method on my first tank!

    Planted Betta Tanks
    This is my first tank! I read so much about the nitrogen cycle that my head could spin, so I decided to just move forward with what I learned and stop rereading everything so much. Now I’m looking for a little reassurance and guidance. I didn’t have a lot of confidence in any of the processes I...
  4. Setting up fro a new betta after the death of another

    Betta Fish Care
    Hi everyone. I'm new to the forum as of about 10 minutes ago, but I'm really glad to have found it. Apologies if this is in the wrong place or I make any other equally silly mistakes. My beloved male betta sadly made a break for freedom a couple of days ago and jumped out of his tank. He...
  5. Cycling for a month and no Nitrite?

    Betta Fish Care
    So a little over a month ago I set up my tank. I'm doing fish-less cycle, and added the Ace Hardware Janitor Strength Ammonia to start the cycle. My tank is 20 gallons and planted (with plants such as water lettuce, java fern, anubias nana, basically easy to grow plants). I'm also using a sand...
  6. What to do with betta while tank cycles

    Betta Fish Care
    So, the bf got me a tank for my birthday. It is a 3.5 gallon aquaponic tank. I understand it is technically too small for my betta, but it's what I have so going to have to make due. Anyway, I got a cute little betta guy named Smaug who is just as fierce and feisty as his namesake. I never...
  7. Time sensitive - Fish arriving EARLY but soil substrate not cycled!!

    Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories
    So I was planning on making a planted tank this time in a new longer rectangular 5.5 gal. I bought ADA Aqua Soil Amazonia and was waiting on my live plants to arrive so that I could do what I've seen all the aquascapers on youtube do: add the soil, wet it a little, add plants, fill tank...
  8. Rescue Betta Situation - Advice Needed!

    Betta Fish Care
    Hi all. As you can see from my post history, I'm a new member and my betta just died. I'm very sad, and I wasn't planning on getting a new one anytime soon - I thought I would dismantle my tank, clean it out, maybe do a fishless cycle this time, and generally try to make everything perfect...
  9. Ammonia is at 0, but Drogo's fin rot is still progressing

    Betta Fish Care
    I tested the water today and it read 0 ammonia, 2-5 nitrite, and 10 nitrate. I have a lot of live plants in a relatively small space, and I'm assuming my tank is still in the beginning stage of cycling, which is why my nitrite is high. I'll be doing daily water changes to keep that at bay, but...
  10. Cycling, Ich, and the Mistakes of a Newbie

    Betta Fish Diseases and Emergencies
    Hi, everyone. I'm sure you get a lot of posts like this, but I'm a new betta owner, and I have just discovered... a lot of mistakes! I tried to do my research before getting one, but clearly I didn't do enough. I hope you can help me! My new betta, who I've had for about a week, is a...
  11. Ammonia, Half cycled tank, and a young fish HELP!

    Betta Fish Care
    One 3 month old betta Fish, marimo balls, Half cycled tank?, using Prime and testing at correct times, ammonia riddled tap water..... HELP! PLEASE! allow me to give you some details... I was given a tank cycled with just the gravel in it, I let it run a few days and ended up with a fish a...
  12. Need Help, fairly urgent.

    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...
  13. Possible to use sponge in a cartridge filter?

    Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories
    This may seem like a silly question, but I bought two of my tank kits before I knew about cycling. :roll: I have found that the tanks I have sponge filters in cycled much better than the ones with the carbon cartridge filters. Makes sense. So I am wondering - has anyone had experience with...
  14. Lightly planted 10gal cycling.... HELP!!!

    Planted Betta Tanks
    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...
  15. Pure Ammonia-based fishless cycle question

    Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories
    As title says, went with the pure ammonia seeding option. Made sure it was actually pure ammonia, no soaps etc, no bubbles. Got it at a hardware store and everything (It's actually the Ace hardware brand ammonia, which flat up had people reviewing it for fish tank use! LOL) I've read a LOT on...
  16. Establishing the nitrogen cycle with material from established tank... Help!

    Betta Fish Care
    After loosing my betta a couple months ago, I decided to put my tank away for awhile. Well, "awhile" immediately ended when I laid my eyes upon a beautiful white/icy bluish Dragon Scale Betta a few days ago. I haven't seen one like him at my LPS in quite awhile so I decided to get him while I...
  17. White mold on fish & tank-please help!!!

    Betta Fish Diseases and Emergencies
    PLEASE HELP!!!! BETTA & TANK HAVE WHITE MOLD OVERNIGHT ON THEM!!!! I just condensed my 3 ten gallons into 2 ten gallon tanks (2 fish/tank became 3 fish/tank temporarily only for the upcoming busy month). I did 80% water change and tried seeding the new tanks with water from the old tanks to...
  18. The Concept of Cycling Confuses Me in the Technical Details

    Betta Fish Care
    I really appreciate anyone's insight! I have some questions! A.) cycling B.) moving long distance with a "cycled" tank A.) I've read a lot about cycling online, and bare with me more experienced aquarists, but, I am still having a hard time understanding the technical need for cycling. I've...
  19. Tank won't cycle

    Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories
    Anyone having this problem? I started a 10 gallon tank just over 3 months ago, I had to do a fish in cycle because I was taking a neglected Betta off a friend who had him in a bowl. I've done water tests and every time it has shown 0.5 ammonia, 0 nitrite and 0 nitrates. Now on the other hand I...
  20. Partial water change after completed cycle??

    Planted Betta Tanks
    Housing: How many gallons is your tank? 3 Does it have a filter? Yes, foam block, and two bags of BioMax bio rings. Does it have a heater? Yes What temperature is your tank? 80 Does your tank have an air stone or other type of aeration? no Does your Betta have tank mates? What kind? no Food...
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