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  1. Forum Introduction - meet Gator

    Meet the Betta Keepers
    Hello everyone! I used to be on this forum 10 years ago at the age of 13. By the time I stopped using the forum at 18, I had 8 betta fish. My username was bettaluver4ever, but for the life of me I could not remember my password after all these years, so I just made a new account. I have pretty...
  2. Air stone for my planted tank?

    Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories
    Hi! I’m nearing the end of my nitrogen cycle and looking to add a male betta in the next week or two. I have a 6 gallon Fluval Edge tank. I am prepared to lower the water level if necessary for him to breathe better. I’ve been doing so much research as this is my first tank. My main source of...
  3. Fluval Spec Filter Mod - Near Disaster

    Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories
    I am a brand new betta owner and did a lot of research before selecting my tank, food, habitat. Because of limited space I chose a Fluval Spec III knowing I will have to be more rigorous in changing and monitoring water quality. I ran into a very odd problem in my betta's 1st week that really...
  4. Scales Missing?

    Betta Fish Diseases and Emergencies
    A Betta Called Saul Hi guys, I'm afraid that my first post on this group is a bit of a downer. I did join awhile ago with the intention of uploading my tank journals, but as it is, things got so hectic I never got a chance to upload anything to this forum! Anyways, my little 2.6 gallon spec...
  5. What betta color looks best under blue light?

    Betta Chat
    Hi all! I just got myself a fluval spec and decided to go with a planted tank. Right now its up and running and getting a cycle going, and when its all done I want to get a betta for it. Only problem is, I want to make sure I get one that really pops under the lighting. The LED lights are mostly...
  6. Halfmoon is tearing his fins to shreds, nothing seems to help

    Betta Fish Diseases and Emergencies
    Hello. I purchased a halfmoon betta almost 4 months ago and have recently run into some slow but steadily progressing tail biting. Last time I had a halfmoon betta he also bit his fins and he eventually had almost no tail or dorsal fin left. It was awful. :'c This fellow is on a similar path...
  7. Lighting for a rim tank.

    Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories
    i have a 5g tank, with the typical black rim. I love the fluval 13W light and the problem is it only fits on rimless tanks. I was thinking of making some type of DIY clip thing so ican attach the light to the tank. I'm not sure, any ideas? :-D
  8. Fluval Lighting for Carpet plants?

    Planted Betta Tanks
    I got this kit: That site has some info. I want to get a carpet plant but I'm not sure which or if they'll even grow in the lighting. If someone could please tell me if I could get a carpet plants and some recommendations!
  9. Fluval Filter not sucking water in..

    Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories
    So I recently got a Fluval Spec V for my Crowntail. The filter was WAY too strong for my betta. So I searched online and found a 'hack'. Basically, I put several holes in the tube that redirected water from the pump, to the nozzle. But the problem is, water is just being pushed out from the...
  10. Attempting to properly start a tank. I need help!

    Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories
    So I recently got a Fluval Spec V and I need some help before I add my male crowntail, Finley, in it! The tank is 5 gallons, and I just added Caribsea Tahitian Moon San (5lbs) It's still cloudy because of the sand. I got a packet of Caribsea Bio-Magnet Clarifier along with the sand. I added all...
  11. New Shrimp tank

    Other Fish
    I plan on starting a new tank for shrimp. I am not 100% clueless, but I'd like a bit more info and I'd like to see peoples shrimp tanks and their experiences! I want to get the Fluval EBI which I heard is discontinued but I'm pretty sure I saw one at petculture (last one most likely) if its...
  12. I need help starting up a 5 gal!

    Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories
    Hello :) I am fairly new at this, and I need your advice! I'm getting the 5 gallon Fluval Spec later this month for my male crowntail, Finley. I have a few questions regarding substrate, plants, and heating. I currently have Finley in an unheated 1.5 gallon filtered tank with gravel and a...
  13. Mangled Fins

    Betta Fish Diseases and Emergencies
    I've had my betta fish for about 5 months now. For the first 4 months he did really well with no fin issues (see my profile picture) but now his tail is a complete wreck. I thought it was just him tail biting but now I'm not so sure. He is still acting healthy but I'm very concerned that his...
  14. Which tank set up should I use?

    Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories
    So, after some intense internet research I've narrowed down the upgraded home for my betta down to 2 options. Let me know your thoughts, comments, opinion and personal experiences with both. Thanks in advance! Option One...
  15. To filter or not to filter...?

    Betta Fish Care
    that tis the question. So, I've had my betta for about a week and I am going to be upgrading him to a 2.5 gallon tank (I'd go bigger but I'm crunched for space) with a small heater. However, my main dilemma is whether to get a 2.5 gal with or without a filter. I have been trying to research...
  16. Which tank would you recommend?

    Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories
    Alright, so I've had my first betta for about a week now and I've decided I have to get him a bigger tank. He's currently in a 1 gal and I realize now that that is unacceptable. Jaws (my betta) brings me great joy and I want to make him happy in return. I want to upgrade to something at least...
  17. URGENT Fluval Chi issues

    Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories
    Hey guys, helping a friend set up her 5 gallon fluval chi fish tank but we're having some problems with the filter. We can hear water flowing, and can see particles floating up towards the bottom of the filter like its supposed to, but it's not spilling over the top of the filter like it says...
  18. Meet Ares

    I'd like everyone to meet Ares. :-D Ares is a typical-looking red male veil tail betta fish, but what he lacks in genetic flair he makes up in personality. I personally have a soft spot for rare genetic morphs, and when it comes to bettas there's definitely not an exception. But it was...
  19. Bubble nest, flaring, following finger

    Betta Fish Care
    So, about 3 weeks ago I got a betta. Originally had a 1 gallon bowl but after reading I bought a 5 gallon tank about 2 days ago. He used to make bubble nests in the bowl and he just made his first one in the new tank. Today he did something I've never seen before. I came up to the aquarium and...
  20. New Aquarium with strong filter

    Betta Fish Care
    I just bought the Fluval Spec V and from reading reviews online I know that the current is too strong for bettas even when set on low. My first question is if there is any way to prevent this? I've read about filter sponges or using rubber bands and tie a piece of cloth to it (my filter thing...