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  1. I didn't know that either about, put the fish in now regardless if it's cycled or now. I didn't want to use them as guinea pigs and take the chance of one or more dying. The fish were put into the tank first thing this morning and seem to be doing great. They all look so small in that big tank. We do not have a test kit. (I'm terrible) I should get one. I never had one in the past when my ex and I had a big tank full of other kind of fish. He was the one that took care of them years ago. What's so ironic is,....that tank used to be a 55 gallon tank. I sold it real cheap because I had a lot of stuff I was dealing with and didn't think I could take care of it back then. But that's okay the tank and fish went to a great family. I am going to go to a local pet store and have it tested w/in a couple of hrs. even though I have the fish in. I'm curious! We have another plant in it also. A total of 3. I hope they don't die. The fish aren't bothering them at this time. Thanks for your help and ShawneeRiver, and the others. I so appreciate it. Having your own test kit is definitely an essential to keeping your fish alive and happy Get a drop test kit, not strips, it's more accurate and will save you money in the long run because you get so many more tests out of the drops than you get with the strips. The API master test kit has everything you need in it. If you decide to get it tested at the pet store, make sure they give you actual numbers for ammonia, nitrite, nitrate and Ph, so often they'll just say its 'fine' when in reality one person's fine can be very different from what is actually fine. But I highly recommend your own test kit, it will help you know when you are cycled and is also good to have around to test your water regularly. Thanks for info. and letting me know what to look for. Not sure about getting kit today but will def. get one. I want fish to be healthy. You can get them cheaper on amazon than in any pet store: http://www.amazon.com/API-Freshwater-Master-Test-Kit/dp/B000255NCI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1349130872&sr=8-1&keywords=api+master+test+kit
  2. So, against all my better judgement I fell into the baby betta trap. I really went back and forth on this decision a lot. The responsible and moral part of me really thought I shouldn't buy a baby betta because it is supporting the sale of these poor little fish that are more than likely ending up with owners who have little knowledge on how to care for them appropriately (and being taken away from their brothers and sisters at such an early age). The selfish part of me thought it would be really fun to try my hand at raising such a little guy. Plus to be able to have a fish that you know most of their history and what they have been exposed to etc. etc. The selfish part obviously won out, but I hope to be able to make this a learning opportunity for not only myself, but other people out there on the internet that may have fallen into this trap and are looking for info on how to care for these guys. I have been doing a lot of research, but I am still not totally sure of what I am doing, or if what I am doing is correct. I grabbed some Hikari first bites (which petco sold) and some baby brine shrimp eggs. I haven't tried to make the brine shrimp yet, so I'll update you on how that goes. I also picked up some repashy meat pie because I figured that would be another easy to eat food for the little one. I plan to feed small amounts several times a day. The tank is at 78F and he is being kept in a breeder basket in the larger 6 gallon tank so that he will not get sucked into the filter and so that I can keep a close eye on him and how he is doing and eating. He still has some stress stripes, but they are less pronounced than when I got him. Any info on how long these take to go away typically? He is not really showing any color yet. If anyone has any tips for me on taking care of this little guy please please add them here! I hope this blog will not only be useful to me but to others as well. Video:
  3. I didn't know that either about, put the fish in now regardless if it's cycled or now. I didn't want to use them as guinea pigs and take the chance of one or more dying. The fish were put into the tank first thing this morning and seem to be doing great. They all look so small in that big tank. We do not have a test kit. (I'm terrible) I should get one. I never had one in the past when my ex and I had a big tank full of other kind of fish. He was the one that took care of them years ago. What's so ironic is,....that tank used to be a 55 gallon tank. I sold it real cheap because I had a lot of stuff I was dealing with and didn't think I could take care of it back then. But that's okay the tank and fish went to a great family. I am going to go to a local pet store and have it tested w/in a couple of hrs. even though I have the fish in. I'm curious! We have another plant in it also. A total of 3. I hope they don't die. The fish aren't bothering them at this time. Thanks for your help and ShawneeRiver, and the others. I so appreciate it. Having your own test kit is definitely an essential to keeping your fish alive and happy Get a drop test kit, not strips, it's more accurate and will save you money in the long run because you get so many more tests out of the drops than you get with the strips. The API master test kit has everything you need in it. If you decide to get it tested at the pet store, make sure they give you actual numbers for ammonia, nitrite, nitrate and Ph, so often they'll just say its 'fine' when in reality one person's fine can be very different from what is actually fine. But I highly recommend your own test kit, it will help you know when you are cycled and is also good to have around to test your water regularly.
  4. that is soooo adorable! The little ranchu (moxie I assume?) is just following around the oranda (mocha?), so darn cute!
  5. use the siphon without the attachment to suck out the last of the gravel (just the tubing)... works like a charm!
  6. Could you post a video? What are you noticing for poo from the others (normal? stringy? etc.)? I noticed from your earlier video that your substrate is pretty deep. Is this because you have live plants?
  7. Oh dear, I'm so sorry This looks like it may have been an internal infection How are the other fish acting today?
  8. I am talking with the mod team about what we should do next for these guys. Could you please post all your current water params again? How are they doing today?
  9. ^ yep, no need to wait. It will be better to have them in the 55 gallon regardless if it is cycled or not anyway because toxins will build up much faster in the 5 gallon than the 55. Do you have a test kit to test your water so you will know if and when you are cycled? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. I have very soft water as well. I keep cuttle bone in the tank as Alex suggested, but I also use the kent's drops on a daily basis as well
  11. good Will you post a photo update for us when you can (top view of the whole fish)
  12. congrats on the new tank and the plants!! sounds like you are off to a great start
  13. I ordered mine (and most of my other plants) from planted aquarium central. I have always been happy with my purchases from them http://www.shop.plantedaquariumscentral.com/Live-Aquarium-Plants_c6.htm
  14. this would actually make sense I believe 11 drops is 200 ppm on the API kit
  15. possibly. which would be good if that is the case. you could ask next time you are there
  16. Excellent article, Dnalex! I will definitely have to bookmark this one! It provides scientific proof for what I have experienced helping others with their cycles. I have had people 'recycle' their tanks quite quickly even after they sat for months without an ammonia source. I agree that I have seen limited success with people using TTS but Stability and Cycle (in my experience) has had a zero track record of having any benefit. I am curious to see how the Colony product performs. I can only speak for myself, but I believe Cycle really helped along my cycle. Granted it could have just been coincidence, but 24 hours after adding cycle to my fishless cycle (that had been running for over a month without sign of nitrite/nitrate) I got bot a nitrate/nitrite reading I certainly think all these products are a crap shoot and some I'm sure have a better success rate than others, but if people have the extra money and want to try it, it certainly doesn't hurt anything (as long as they aren't falsely believing a product like this will instantly make the tank 'safe' for fish as so many products claim).
  17. that's good keep us updated on how they are doing with treatment and if anything changes
  18. Winner Winner chicken dinner!
  19. I just read through your other thread, and see that you have been at .2% and a regular dose of prazi I am going to merge these just so we can keep all the info in one place. We will wait for a video, and if you could update with tap Ph reading as well that would be great.
  20. What is your tap ph at? Have you had salt at .2% for the whole prazi treatment? Are you doing a regular or double dose of prazi?
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