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  1. Panicking fish mom!

    Betta Fish Care
    I got my first every betta fish about a week ago when my 14yo daughter made me stand and look at all the sad bettas living in tiny cups at Petco. $100+ dollars later we headed home with saddest little guy that we thought had no chance of adoption so we rescued him. He's in a 5 gallon with a...
  2. Going on a trip

    Betta Fish Care
    Hi - I have 3 bettas, fancy frilly ones in 1.5 gal vases that I've finally gotten good at keeping alive & happy with Aqueon Betta Bowl Plus + 75% water changes (religiously) every 3 days. The oldest one, I've had for over a year & a half. Here is the question: There's an out-of-town...
  3. Api master kit on sale for $18 on amazon

    Betta Fish Care
    Just wanted to let ya'll know. A good friend of mine alerted me that the normally around $30 test kit is on sale for $18. Not sure how long the sale will go on. I'm getting mine in the mail tomorrow! :D
  4. Persistent crowntail finrot question mark?

    Betta Fish Diseases and Emergencies
    Peter the fish is a glorious and aggressive crown tail. When I first got him, I was keeping him in conditioned tap water, but it was a few weeks before I discerned that the water's pH was high. Over time and with experienced I realized it was VERY high and his fins were getting really curly. Now...
  5. Water testing

    Betta Fish Care
    I wanted to make sure the water is good before I get a betta, so I just tested my water with a test strips kit. These are the levels I got: Nitrate - 0 ppm Nitrite - .5 ppm Hardness - 150 ppm Chlorine - 0 ppm Alkalinity - 80 ppm pH - 7.8 - 8.4? (7.8 when just tested and 8.4 when dry, so 7.8?)...
  6. all of the sudden 6 shrimps died..

    Betta Fish Compatibility
    yesterday I did my weekly water change and tested the water before and after cleaning it.. this morning I woke up and saw 6 shrimps laying on the bottom of the tank.. I never had this before so I really don't know what could have happened. the water quality is still the same I do the water...
  7. which water is the best to use?

    Betta Fish Care
    I tested the water of the shower/bath: 9 KH 7 PH <0,01 mg/l NO2 but: 30 mg/l for NO3 :/ And also our rainwater: 2KH 6,5-7 PH 0,2 mg/l for NO2 :( but: 1 mg/l NO3 Now my question is: which kind of water should I use? I have blue fairy, bumblebee and cherry shrimps in one tank and one betta in...
  8. Why is my tank water cloudy and yellow and how do I fix it?

    Betta Fish Care
    I recently switched my halfmoon Betta's tank (5.5 gallon) to sand substrate (Caribsea) from gravel. I left just a bit of gravel to make a small "river" in the tank for decoration. I did do a 100% water change to get all of the gravel out, though I realize now I should have kept some of the water...
  9. Ammonia in tap water - how much Prime is safe

    Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories
    I just got the API Ammonia test kit on Friday and was shocked to see the reading from my 2.5 gal, filtered tank was around 2. I've been doing 50%-60% PWC every 2 - 3 days, so I expected a better result. As a control, I tested my tap water and it showed an ammonia level of about .5. That seems...
  10. New Betta, a couple questions

    Betta Fish Care
    Hello Betta lovers! I just got a betta fish this evening, and put him in a 2.5g tank. It has slow/little filtration. The water quality is normal but the water is a little hard. I read online that betta's prefer softer water, but my location's water is very hard. Will this be ok for the betta...
  11. What are some good chemicals to use?

    Betta Fish Care
    I'd like to know what you guys use when doing water changes as far as cheicals go. I don't need anything for chlorine, my water doesn't have any, but what's good for preventing diseases and impurities. I especially would like to add something to promote their slime coat, and something else to...
  12. Weird film on the top of the water

    Betta Fish Care
    I'm noticing a film on top of my betta's water just a day of having gotten him. He has a Tetra Whisper 3i filter in his 1 gallon aquarium so I wonder how this is possible. It's only been a day, so It's hard to believe that It's time for a water change. Any help? -Thanks.
  13. Proper Cleaning - 5 Gallon Tank

    Betta Fish Care
    Hi All! I got Bert Betta in January and so enjoy having him here! He lives in a 5 gallon tank with a filter, light, silk plants and a thin layer of gravel (maybe 3/4" deep - I had a much thicker layer orig., but have removed much of the gravel). I also have a heater for him (Top Fin 60Hz/50W)...
  14. Is any salt at all okay? Also question about peat moss to lower pH

    Betta Fish Care
    Hi, First off, I'd like to give a huge thank you to this community, as my betta got pretty sick with ick and velvet when I first got him, and you guys literally helped me save his life. My words are not enough to express my gratitude. :thankyou: So I have a few water quality related questions...
  15. What's the minimum amount of time I should wait for Prime to do its job?

    Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories
    I have to do a 100% water change, and since it would take my heater a long time to heat up a bunch of water if it's gotten to room temperature, I'm wondering if I can get the water warm from the tap, treat it with prime, and use it soon enough so the heater doesn't have to work so hard, AND so...
  16. Water parameters

    Betta Fish Care
    Hey everyone. So I just bought a water test kit for the first time today because my betta has a fungus and I wanted to see what was up with his water. I'm just a little confused about a couple of the results: pH 7.5 Alkalinity 180 ppm Hardness 300 ppm Nitrates 0 Nitrites 0 Ammonia 0 So I know...
  17. Increase alkalinity/buffering capacity with baking soda?

    Betta Fish Care
    Does anyone have experience using baking soda in order to increase the total alkalinity? Any information about how to raise the alkalinity/buffering capacity would be great. Thanks!