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so i am new here and any advice would be greatly appreciated In fact I just signed up today. So much useful info in here I couldn't resist. Well about a month ago my two daughters talked me into going into petsmart and fell in love with a couple bettas. So on the advice of the clerk I got them two small bowls and the fish and headed home. Got them set up in there bowls and the kids loved it. I however had a feeling that this could not be right. So after a night of researching the next day I went out and got them each a 5gal heated and filtered tank. They have been in there tanks for about a month or so and seem to be doing well. They were both small and almost albino looking when we got them. Now a month later they have grown a bit and are very colorful!They also got tank mates last week. They each have 2 ghost shrimp and 2 small cory cats. I am not sure if the tanks are big enough but they seem to all get along great.I have really fell for the little guys, I would of never thought I would be sitting in the kids room talking to fish all day:)
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Congrats and welcome to the wonderful world of the fish keeping hobby...great hobby to be apart of and share with the whole family....

You are correct in your thought that the 5gal tanks are not suited for more fish along with the Bettas-its not so much of them getting along that can be problematic-it more in the lines that the 5gal tanks doesn't have enough space to meet the needs of the other species of fish-especially since they really should be kept in larger groups of at least 6 or more-its not that they will drop dead if not kept in the proper numbers-but more that it can limit stress, help make them feel safe-plus when kept in proper groups with the correct substrate you get to enjoy their neat personalities and playful behaviors....one of our goals in fish keeping is to meet needs and for them to live a full life as can be done in a closed system.....sounds like another tank is in order.....lol......

The ghost shrimp are the perfect tankmates for the Betta in the 5gal tank, however, sometimes they can end up as snacks-this can vary based on the Betta itself and type of cover you have for them, sadly ghost shrimp are short lived to start-usually 1-2 years.....

You will find with fish keeping the best way to keep them healthy is by prevention-this being water quality and nutrition....since your setup are new you are going to be going through the nitrogen cycle for the first 4-8 weeks and you might need to add a 50% water only change to your already weekly 50% with vacuum you should currently be doing to maintain water quality-unless you have water test kit on hand-then base the second 50% water only on test results of ammonia, nitrite 0.25ppm or greater

Once you have nitrate 5-10ppm without any ammonia, nitrite spikes for several days-you are most likely cycled and the 50% with vacuum weekly is all that need to be done to maintain water quality....then you need to start giving the filter media a swish/rinse in the bucket of old tank water with a water change a couple of times a month to maintain the filter media......

Remembering that aquariums are closed systems and nothing leaves the tank until you remove it....what is in the filter is just being circulated over and over until bacteria takes care of it and even then you can have build up of that....everything is recycled in a sense.....

Look forward to seeing pic and hearing more about you and your children fish keeping adventures.....
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