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  1. Nitrates are an additional fertiliser and will help your plants grow. Moving the tank upstairs may also help with the nipping- he may also have been bored, so with people walking past his tank, he will have plenty to observe. Yes, when the environment is not conductive enough for growth, the hormone which allows them to grow switches off temporarily (sometimes permanently) so that is why you wouldn't have seen much growth in the 10 gal as you are now in a 60 gal tank I have just switched to seachem flourish excel and I am really liking it! More so than the flourish. It also helps with algae which is a bonus
  2. Sorry I forgot the filter part! Clean the tubing and see how it goes. I have an Atman canister filter and if I don't clean the tubing and the filter monthly, it doesn't flow as fast, but it doesn't get to the point where I really notice any change. What brand is your filter? I am pretty terrible with filters, so hopefully there will be a filter guru here to help you with that
  3. Reflection can cause nipping. I remember you saying your betta tank is in a basement? You can leave the basement light on during the day to keep the light in the tank and outside Similar to prevent reflection, however your parents might not be too happy with a light being left on all day. With your goldfish tank, if your nitrates are 40ppm after two weeks, then you could really be doing 60-70% changes weekly (check your nitrate reading at the end of the week though and see what your nitrate readings are after a smaller change) and even a back to back 80% change monthly. Water changes need to be based on your parameter levels, but must also be regular to prevent the buildup of bad bacteria. Why are you doing 90% changes on your betta tank? You do not need to remove 90% out of your betta tank unless the nitrates are also high by the end of the week- I don't see how one betta in a 10 gal will produce enough waste. Even with tank mates, 50% changes are enough. With goldfish, you do have to change as much water as you can to get the nitrates at 0ppm or relatively close to. I do around 70-80% in a 37 gal for three goldfish every 5 days and with my plants, my nitrates don't exceed 10ppm. Hope this helps!
  4. Frozen bloodworms are a lot easier to feed and you can get them free of any bad bacteria and parasites. I completely agree what has been said above. Even If you are to clean them under water, that does not guarantee them to be free of chemicals (which they do absorb into their systems through feeding an exposure) or even bad bacteria or other harmful micro organisms.
  5. There was speculation about glofish when they first came out, however they are merely genetically modified zebra danios (the first actual GM pets to be put on for sale to the public). The method used is transgenic genetic modification, which is the process of extracting a specific gene from one animal and inserting it in another so that once breeding commences, the gene inserted will become present in the offspring. The gene used to make glofish look as they do is the flouress gene of jellyfish. That specific gene was then inserted into zebra danios, and selective breeding has finally given what you see as glofish today in pet stores. The initial use of glofish was for environmental reasons, however they quickly became a profit-maker and a very popular fish to have in a home aquarium. You can read more about them on the glofish website. Hope this helps! Edit: I personally don't agree with animal testing as I see it as unnecessary (considering the technology we have today to extract human cells and cell cultures for testing) so I can't say whether or not I agree with the making of glofish as I don't know that much of the science behind it, but I do know they are selectively bred and aren't jabbed with needles So they aren't something to be concerned about. I don't think they endure any pain, so they are pretty much animal cruelty free if you're worried about that
  6. You can QT in a bucket but the plant does need a food source. You can add old tank water during water changes which provides nitrates, or just put the plant in conditioned water and add a chemical fertiliser for a week to two weeks while it is in QT. a good light source will always help
  7. Ooops sorry I just assume Anubis and driftwood lol. My brain mixed up the words haha. Nope that's not an issue. Still pp for 4 hours
  8. Have you cycled the filter? A lot of people here advocate against cartridges mainly because they do need to be changed often. You can cut cartridges open and use the wool and the carbon inside without having to replace them. Carbon does need to be changed roughly every 6 weeks, and you don't really need a chemical filtration unless you need to be removing medications, so you can actually just keep the carbon out of the tank
  9. His labyrinth will be fine I had a betta jump out on me once onto the carpet and I thought she was dead, but she was back to her normal self within a day. He should be fine. If you cant get stress coat and have salt on hand,I would add 1/2 tap per 5 gallons of dissolved aquarium salt as that will help his slime coat, improve gill function, as well as aid in prevention of infection. It's only a small dosage, but is enough You'll only need to leave it in for 5-7 days
  10. From what I understand you don't want to be pp plants for longer than 4 hours. I've just begun disinfecting driftwood that arrived in the mail yesterday with my plants order and I just disinfected it in a very light purple solution for 4 hours ( with plants attached I would also just leave it in for 3-4 hours), and my plants in a 4ppm solution for 30 minutes, neutralising the pp with hydrogen peroxide then letting it all soak for 10 minutes in dechlorinated water. I've only used PP a few times now, but that's what I do and I have never had an issue with dead plants or snails If you want to you can additionally QT the driftwood and plants but I don't think it is necessary
  11. I've got two balloon mollies and they are by far one of my favourite species in my tropical tank! I do find that with two, one gets picked on, so it might be an idea to get around 4 to reduce the chances of bullying issues despite them being social fish
  12. glofish are just genetically modified danios. I am actually doing a biotechnology assignment on them now they've been inserted with the fluoress gene from jelly fish and have been selectively bred from that Any other placid fish will do perfectly fine, such as corydoras, tetras, guppies, mollies, even dwarf gouramis (they are poorly bred so have a poor immune system). Pretty much any social and placid tropical fish will do as long as they all share similar water and tank requirements
  13. Yes, however bettas are solitary and it really goes down to trial and error to see if he will live with other fish. If you want to keep tank mates such as tetras, I would suggest nothing smaller than a 10 gal. The tank would need to be heavily planted as well for the betta and tetras. If you wish to get tetras, make sure you have a backup plan if he doesn't end up liking tank mates Generally it is best to keep bettas with placid fish that will keep to themselves, and are not brightly coloured such as guppies fins. Some of these fish are: -corydoras (preferably in a tank 15 gal) -Some tetra species such as neons, glowlights, cardinals, etc -shrimp -Snails -balloon mollies (tank no less than 15 gal) - siamese algae eaters These are just some, however with any fish you want to house with your betta, they need to be placid and suit the tank requirements you wish to house them in. It will be trial and error, so always be prepared to have to take the tank mates out and into another tank
  14. He is so cute! Congratulations
  15. Frozen foods are always better than freeze dried of sun-dried protein foods. Frozen foods are much more beneficial, whilst dried foods really don't have much nutritional value and need to be soaked prior to feeding
  16. How is he doing now? He may need a secondary treatment to make sure the popeye doesn't come back if it were caused by an underlying issue.
  17. I'm so sorry. that's awful! Hope your remaining fish recover
  18. Glad to hear he is looking better you've done a great thing getting him out of that cup and I am sure he will do fine in your care! Keep a close eye on him over the next two weeks considering how he acted when you first got him. Just To make sure he has no underlying issues
  19. I agree, in a tank that small 1/2 is too much. If you want to add salt for stress the dosage usually is 1/2 tsp per 5 gallons however I personally don't think salt should be used for stress at all as all it does is aid in gill function and energy if there is nothing affecting the fish. He needs time to settle down with just clean water
  20. They look beautiful! Yep, they aren't schooling fish, but they are social fish Lol, we all proudly advertise not to listen to pet store employees about fish They generally don't know much, but you do occasionally find that one good fish shop Love the look of the tank now with the fish starting to stock up! Can't wait to see your 111g in action!
  21. I myself have gotten a few bettas from terrible stores and tested the water of each of them. It was around 4ppm, so I would assume that is about the same amount he would have been exposed to. Let us know how he is tomorrow and see if there is any improvement and if he is eating Try to underfeed a little (if you feed pellets, only 3 a day), just in case the cold water and ammonia has played around with his digestive system.
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