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  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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 :)

  7. 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?

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  8. Well I buried Google about a month ago. I had to keep her frozen until the ground had thawed. I bought a little wooden box at the dollar store and some material(the same color as her). I placed her in the box and buried her next to Oscar my Black Moor that had passed the year before. I had some marbles that she used to move around the tank and put them in a vase that I used for plants for the grave marker.

    Her box:

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    With the liner:

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    And the resting place:

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    I hope this gives anyone ideas about how to remember their loved one.

  9. 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?

  10. I am not disagreeing with anyone, I think you should take everyone's advice. I am just sharing my experiences here. I have had three air pumps running for almost 4 years and I have never installed a check valve. We loose power here in New Brunswick all the time. I have never had a problem. My air pumps rest on the floor so there is no chance of the water ever reaching the plug/socket. Also just wondering, I am not an electrician here, but I didn't know electricity can travel through rubber. If you plug in your pump into a power bar with a trip circuit, and ground plug this would never happen anyway. My :twocents

    Might be worth the couple bucks for a check valve though, if you want to be sure :)

  11. It would be nice if your landlord could use a safer alternative like those listed here--

    http://www.greenpeop...estControl.html

    Then you wouldn't have to worry so much. :)

    Thanks for the link :) I don't see any for my area though :( The silverfish are gone for now, hopefully it will stay that way although the exterminator said they might.

    I have read about silverfish and they only go where there is moisture.I kept seeing one in a new couch I had bought. Eliminate that, and they will move on.

    Yeah that would be nice, I wish I could eliminate the moisture around here. We live in a ground floor apartment building and the humidity/moisture gets bad starting this time of year. With all the snow melted and the rain. The lawn outside the building gets really soggy and stays that way till about mid summer, We have improper drainage here. We have a de-humidifier to help and a window air conditioner in the summer. Its a real hassle for sure. But nothing short of moving is not going to solve our moisture problem. Believe me we did our reading as well.

  12. I think the signs are an excellent idea! I worry though they will scare off potential goldfish hobbyists. How many of us started out overstocked and undereducated? And look at us now. I believe for the signs they should state the bare minimum and then preferred or ideal conditions, not one or the other. I feel that if someone could just afford a 10 gallon and one fancy that would be better than getting scared away from the hobby. I also think, as mentioned on the forum before, that a phamplet should be available and given to customers to take with them on goldfish care.

  13. Make sure no one thinks its broccoli soup :lol

    :rofl3 I never thought of that. I better let the wife know it's not.

    Oh and Peepers absolutely loves it. It didn't even make him floaty, and believe me he floats on almost anything.

  14. Ingredients:

    Several broccoli florets, some stalk

    20 peas de-shelled

    Fresh spinach - 5-6 leaves

    cucumber - 2-3 thick slices, skinned and de-seeded

    zucchini - 2-3 thick slices, skinned and de-seeded

    celery - 1 stalk

    Wash all vegetables. Steam broccoli, celery for 10 minutes till soft.

    Steam spinach, cucumber, zucchini for 5 minutes.

    Add peas to boiled water for 1 minute, de-shell.

    Throw all ingredients into food processor and blend until everything is chopped up finely. Be careful not to over blend.

    I added a drop of prime to all boiled water, I am not sure if it is okay to boil freshly primed water. Maybe someone else can confirm?

    Add mixture to pot and add one packet of knox gelatin. Stir 2-3 minutes on medium heat until smooth.

    Put in shallow dish and chill in refrigerator. Cut into cubes. Freeze cubes and de-thaw as needed for feedings.

    Thanks for reading :D

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