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  1. Planted Betta Tanks
    Hey everyone. A few questions. I have been cycling my planted tank (no fish) for over a month now. ammonia still reads 0 (sometimes it looks like it could be .25 but i cant tell. Some of my plants are dooing really well, but others not so much. I have these plants that have red stems and look...
  2. Planted Betta Tanks
    I started a planted tank this past thursday. I plan on doin half a dose of fertilizer after one week, but I am not sure where to go from there. I keep my light on for 8 hours a day at only 25% becuase my tank is only 10 gallons. Some of the water is evaporating and I am noticing a film on the...
  3. Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories
    Hello! I recently decided to upgrade from my 5 gal TopFin Hydro Change tank (don't worry, I actually use a gravel vacuum instead of the hydro change nozzle for water changes) to the 15 gal Fluval Flex tank to better accommodate my betta, plants, and maybe even a few new tank mates in the future...
  4. Betta Fish Care
    I've owned my betta fish for over 2 years now and I've been noticing him making bubbles at the top (not a bubble nest), always resting at the top, rather than the bottom and developing bits of black on his scales. I've just recently got a new 3.5 betta tank and I tried cycling it for the first...
  5. Betta Fish Care
    I've recently been doing a lot of research about bettas and learned a lot more about their care and things to look out for. I just recently got a 3.5 gallon tank with a heater and filter and I'm looking into getting some live plants for it too. I have my betta in a 2.5 gallon with a mystery...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  11. 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...
  12. 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...
  13. 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...
  14. 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...
  15. 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...
  16. 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...
  17. 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...
  18. 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...
  19. 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...
  20. 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...
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