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  1. No need to soak pellets in warm water. Just use tank water, that way you won't have to de-chlorinate the water every time. Unless you are heating up tank water
  2. Unfortunately male and female bettas cannot be kept together either, the male is very aggressive and can kill the female. If you just have the one male now I would suggest giving him his own 10 gallon, he will love you for it. For keeping bettas together, all females works fine, just don't overcrowd.
  3. Hey I talk to my fish! Doesn't that make them people?
  4. Finding parts for it is relatively easy as well, if you need to extend the intake tube for example.
  5. I have an ornament in my tank with a little cave for my betta to go into. He chills out there at night and goes in quite often. Its like a little home for him. Try a little cave on each side. I think those little tera cotta pots work well, you can buy little mini ones. As for the plants I can't be much help for names as my LFS does not label their plants. I usually buy leafy plants as he likes to rest in the leaves. Check the planted section for how to disinfect the plants as they can introduce parasites/disease.
  6. jody

    Bottom Sitting Betta

    I haven't been keeping bettas for too long. Only a couple months. I can't suggest much but a few things. Have you checked the temperature, has it dropped recently? Bettas like a consistent temperature in the high 70's. If your tank is smaller than 5 gallons you cannot use a heater for this. Also a change in PH of more than 0.5 can cause ph shock. Your nitrates might be a bit a on the high side if they are 20. I change about 4 gallons of my 5 gallon tank once a week and the nitrates never get to high. If you add a plant it helps reduce the nitrates between WC. Another thing, I would vary the food a little. Bettas get pretty bored with having the same thing every day. This is what I have been feeding mine since I got him: Frozen blood worms, frozen brine shrimp, tropical flakes, freeze dried blood worms, and small guppy pellets. If you are to add a new food I would start with frozen blood worms, they go crazy for those. Let us know how things are now and maybe some more on your current setup, and WC schedule. Also how long have you had the betta? Now that this topic has been bumped and possibly another update from you soon, I am sure you will get some more help from other experienced members.
  7. What size is the tank? Maybe you have some room for some more females? This might help where the male might not focus on just her. Stocking can be 2 males for every 6 females. You might end up with a pile of Platies though. You mentioned you have plants? My Platies eat certain plants and I have ended up with all kinds of crazy poop. I stick to the leafy plants and that seems to work fine.
  8. They are not compatable tankmates. Consider seperating them to alleviate stress.
  9. So sorry for your loss I know how hard it is to lose a friend. I just wanted to add for reference purposes: I use the whole bottle (8ml) with about 200ml water shake it up really good and add it to 1 liter of water that the fish is in. No movement or breathing after 30 seconds and the fish passes peacefully.
  10. He is eating well, swimming around, not acting strangely at all. Since some of you have seen this coloring before it may just be nothing. He could have got his tail caught in the intake and lost that piece. I may add something to the intake so that his tail cannot get caught. I will keep an eye on his tail in the meantime. Thanks
  11. Take a look at the Anal and Dorsal fins, you can see it better there. My mistake for just specifying the tail.
  12. Ammonia - 0 Nitrites - 0 Nitrates - 5 PH - 6.8 5 gallon - 100 gph filter Feed 1-2 times per day - blood worms, flakes, pellets 76F change 75% weekly use prime only My betta has developed little black spots all over his tail. There was 4 bigger ones and where they were a little piece of his tail fell off. They seem to be getting more prevalent. I have only had him for about a month and a half. I think he may have had a few spots when I got him. The tank has never had ammonia, I seeded with existing media. Any idea what these are?
  13. Don't they know it loses half its value as soon as they drive it off the lot
  14. YAY for Koko!! I love this site, this might be the only good thing that came out of a bowl.
  15. My experience/advice: Make sure all your test kits are up to date, i.e. not expired. Keep ammonia less than .25 Try Nutrifin Cycle - it helps big time. Be patient. I believe overstocked tanks take longer to cycle. Try not to disturb the filter until you are cycled, unless water flow is restricted. Feed sparingly. If you have no nitrates/nitrites you lost your cycle, not something I would call a bump. Since you are now cycling all over again the process can take up to 6 weeks. What type of filter are you using? What is your water temperature?
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