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  1. Betta Fish Care
    I tested my water levels today in a ten gallon fish tank for my male koi betta and here were the results: Ph: 7.6 Ammonia: 0.25 ppm Nitrite: 0 ppm Nitrate: 5.0 ppm I've heard that driftwood and peat moss can help lower pH levels; any recommended brands/other suggestions? Also, should I be...
  2. Betta Fish Care
    Around 3 months ago I moved my Betta that I have had for four years now into a new tank. It is 10 gallons with a filter and heater. No tankmates. The tank is planted as well. I don't dose ferts or have any sort of plant substrate in the tank, just sand. I live in an area with hard water so I use...
  3. Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories
    Newbie here. So I tested Meeseeks water pH last night at he was sitting pretty at a solid 7.0 in his 5 gallon tank. Pre-fish I used API tap water conditioner and that wasn't cutting it (the pH levels in my state are VERY hard/alkaline, lots of limestone). I didn't want to keep pouring it in the...
  4. Betta Fish Care
    To start I would just like to say I am a beginner with my first API master test kit. I try to do as much research as I can, but I have had my fair share of issues. After losing 2 of my Bettas recently I have bought the API Master test kit and Im finding out my tanks aren't as fine as I thought...
  5. Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories
    I'm very eager to get my betta, Shesha, out of his 1.5 because when I tested the water today after doing a %30 water change, the nitrites were scarily high... :blueshake: I've been replacing the water with bottled, reverse osmosis Dasani, which tests as ideal as possible,(0,0,25,40,6.8)...
  6. Betta Fish Care
    Hello Betta lover friends. I'm a newbie and am doing my best with the information I get here. This is my situation and planned attack. Max is spending a little over his 2nd week with me and is currently back in the cube he came in with conditioned water at the same temp his new 8.8 G planted...
  7. Betta Fish Diseases and Emergencies
    Hey, I have two betta fish. I got one back in the summer(Finley) and one this Thanksgiving(Zuko). When I bought Zuko, I bought a moss ball for his tank and another one for Finley's tank. About a month ago, I noticed Finley acting lethargic and decided to check his water. The Ph levels were...
  8. Planted Betta Tanks
    I'm definitely a betta fanatic, and fairly new to having a planted, cycled tank which I'm absolutely loving - so much easier and better for the fish. Things have been very stable until recently. We have softened (ro) water due to our extremely hard well water. Ph has always run a bit high...
  9. Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories
    My 20 gallon aquarium was looking cloudy and I woke up this morning to find one dead rasbora fish that we just bought the night before! So I testing the water with test strips, which read Nitrite and Nitrate 0, ammonia 0, pH7, GH 300+ppm and can't remember the KH anyway so we were gonna go to...
  10. Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories
    I have a betta in a 2.5 gallon tank with a sponge filter and a few live plants. When I put the plants in the pH was around 7.0-7.2, but I tested it again today (a few days later) and it was 7.6+. I read online it could be because the plants are using up the C02 in the water and doing so...
  11. Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories
    I have a few questions to ask before I stock my tank. I may have asked some of these before, but I need to be absolutely sure on everything because I can't afford to mess up again. My 20 gallon long aquarium just finished cycling after 2 weeks. I never saw any nitrites and the nitrates are...
  12. Other Fish
    I have 4 albino cories in my 20 gallon long tank. I know cories do best in sand, so I got some black aquarium sand from petco. When I put it in, it raised the ph to over 9 and I lost half my fish. The other cories are barely alive and hardly eat or move. I am going to move them into a 5...
  13. Betta Fish Care
    I am starting a new 20 gallon tank which will have 4 cory catfish and one betta. I planted the tank and put in black Petco sand for my cories. When I tested the ph of the tank, it was at 9 which is way too high. It may even be higher because my testing strips stop at 9. The ph of my other...
  14. Betta Fish Care
    I'm starting a 20 gallon long aquarium that will have 4 cory catfish and 1 male betta. I got regular black aquarium sand from petco, but it brought my ph up to 9! I'm not sure why this happened since it wasn't coral sand or anything special. I lost 2 of my cories already due to the ph and the...
  15. Other Fish
    I am starting a 20 gallon aquarium with 4 cory catfish and a betta. The tank is planted and has petco aquarium sand as the substrate. I put in the 4 cories and have just gotten the ammonia under control. When I tested the water though, it said my ph is at 9 which is WAY too high. In my other...
  16. Betta Fish Care
    I just started a 20 gallon tank for my betta, but the ph is WAY too high. In my 10 gallon tank (where my betta currently lives) it is at 7.5 which isn't that bed. In the 20 gallon tank though it is over 8.5 which is way to high for any fish. The only difference I can think of is that the 20...
  17. Betta Fish Diseases and Emergencies
    I read about the fin curling and it isn't the cause that I'm wondering about - I know for a fact it's probably the Ph which is at 8. So here's what I wanna know: How should I bring down the Ph safely? I'm extremely hesitant to use chemicals because I've read on the packaging that the stuff is...
  18. Betta Fish Care
    Beware of long post, lol. This is a link to a thread I posted awhile back, and it should explain most of my dilemma: http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=102907&highlight=crazy All of my fish had been asymptomatic (my Platys and my bettas), but I've lost about 4 platys in the past week. I...
  19. Other Fish
    Hey everybody, this thread i submitted explains it ALL: http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=105583 No bettas this time! My ideal fish would be a schooling fish( just have a school and thats it) that dosent bread readily but has an easy upkeep and are attractive and lively. I was...
  20. Other Fish
    Hey everybody, So recently i have been thinking my 10 gal. tank has been looking kinda dull. Although Honeycomb is thriving with his weekly water changes and as energetic as usual, my tank just feels like it needs more activity. I am afraid of converting it into a community though for the...
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