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  1. Nitrate Problems

    Planted Betta Tanks
    I am new to planted tanks, but not to bettas. I am having problems with no Nitrate in my tank, even though it is fully cycled and about 2 months old. So I have a 20gal planted tank. I have Dwarf Hair Grass, Anubius, Java Moss, and Christmas Moss, all of which are attached to wood in the tank...
  2. Nitrogen cycle issue

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    I'm having an issue cycling my tank. It is a 5 gallon, I'm doing a fish less cycle using seachem stability and the issue I'm having is that my ammonia is at 2.0ppm my nitrite is at 0 ppm and my nitrate is at 10 ppm I have read low ph can cause the cycle to stall so I raised the ph to the correct...
  3. Establishing the nitrogen cycle with material from established tank... Help!

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    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...
  4. Tank cycling at a standstill and finrot?? PLEASE HELP

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    Hello everyone, I'm very new to fish keeping as this is my first fish/tank and I've had my betta for almost two months now. I'm still learning about cycling and the nitrogen cycle. Problem #1 Nitrogen Cycle at a standstill: I added Tetra SafeStart to kickstart the nitrogen cycle and Seachem...
  5. Nitrogen Cylcle help

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    So, I have a terrible confession to make. My roommate and I moved her betta to a new tank and he became very sick. He passed away today. We are both heartbroken because he was healthy as a horse until we moved him. I learned that out nitrate levels were a tad high as well as our pH level...
  6. Bacteria and duckweed.

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    The tap water in our city is absolute garbage and tests kinda high for ammonia. I was worried that this may affect my fish, and went down to the local pet store to see what products they had for removing ammonia out of tap water. I started talking to one of the employees there and she had...
  7. Cycling Questions

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    Hi All, This is my first fish tank and I am on week 3 of the nitrogen cycling and I'm a little confused as to what is happening. Background: I have a 5 gallon tank, filter, heater, and everything has been set up for about a month and a half. I am doing a fishless cycle using Dr. Tim's Aquatics...
  8. Aquarium Bacteria??

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    Hey guys, I'm new here and in the process of setting up a tank for a betta. I picked up a packet of aquarium bacteria that supposedly helps speed up the process of cycling the tank. I'll try to post a link, I'm new to forums as well. Any how, I'm just wondering if it's an all-go or no-go. I...
  9. fishless cycle?

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    This is my new betta Draco Malfoy (Draco for short). He is currently in a half-gallon My Fun Fish Tank and I am planning on upgrading him to either a 1 gallon or possibly even a 3 gallon! But, anyways, when I get the new tank, I want to do a fishless cycle (either with ammonia or fish food). But...
  10. Possible Cycle Problems?

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    Hi. I currently have a 3 gallon tank for my betta. He has a good filter, heater, and bubbler. I recently changed all the water out. I used to use drinking water from the store but i decided tap water would be cheaper. I've never had a problem with the drinking water before with water changes...
  11. Changing gravel?

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    I have a few pond rocks in my 5.5 gallon tank right now. They're about medium sized but my betta still finds ways to get in between the cracks and it angers me! Then again, there arent that many rocks; they just barely cover the bottom of the tank. Im getting gravel or sand tomorrow (Whats...
  12. Another nitrogen cycle question!

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    I have been cycling my new 20 gallon tall, lightly planted and with pond snails, for over 5 weeks. My nitrites had finally fallen, but my nitrates were low? First thing that popped into my head was maybe the plants got rid of it. But that seemed unrealistic. The next theory was that my liquid...
  13. Measuring Ammonia vs Ammonium Levels During Cycling

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    Hi all! I'm exactly a week into a fishless cycle on a 6 gallon tank for one of my bettas. I've been using crushed up fish pellets stuffed into pieces of tied stockings as my ammonia source. I've been testing my pH and ammonia levels daily since I started, but something occurred to me today...
  14. How often should i clean tank?

    Betta Fish Care
    I have a betta i got him today and i just got him into his new tank. It the aqueon 2.5 mini bow. it has a filter and a heater. i plan on doing 20-50% water changes once a week. is this okay? how often (if ever) should i clean the tank, like take out the fish rinse out the gravel and such...
  15. Still cannot get my nitrate levels down. HELP

    Betta Fish Diseases and Emergencies
    I have about 80ppm nitrate level, and I do water changes every other day and they just keep going back up. Does anybody know why this is happening? I have 1 betta, 4 zebra danios, and a bunch of snails that came with the live plants. Please help. My betta has developed dropsy now and I'm...
  16. How long is the cycle time with seed gravel and filter media?

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    I just set up a 10 gallon tank with ADA amazonia and gravel mixture that was previously in a tank running cycled (fishless, but I had the plants and added fish food and ferts to keep the bacteria and plants healthy) as well as an aquaclear 20 filter with a biobag and prefilter sponge pulled from...
  17. Filter went off in power trip

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    Over the weekend I went home (my tank is at my dorm), and this is my spring break week. I needed to get something from my dorm so I went there today and the filter and lights were off (I'm getting my friend to help me feed/manage the basic stuff this week). None of the power plugs were working...
  18. Filter changed messed up my water- advice?

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    I have a 5 gallon aquarium with a tetra "whisper" filter that uses bio bags for it's filter media. I changed my filter for the first time yesterday and I'm having issues. From what I read on here and other sites, the recommendation was to keep the filter until it was falling apart, as long as I...
  19. Changing filter media

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    I really do not want this to sound like a stupid question but I can't seem to get a consisten answer anywhere. Sorry in advance, I do not know the correct terms. I have a HOB filter with the sponge, white colored rocks inserts, and then a black bag insert. When I first bought the filter I was...
  20. Cycling newbie! Am I doing this correctly?

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    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...
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