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  1. Andrea

    Tail biting

    The temp isn't matched as I currently don't have a heater in it because that's in the tank currently being used, but of course this could be easily swapped over and as it is summer here as you are quite aware haha, the temp is very similar anyway I'll test the new tank tomorrow to see if ph is matched. Oh and should I continue with any salt treatment in the new tank? Just to help clear up? I know you say .05%, what is this in teaspoons for this tank? The 23 litre one.
  2. Andrea

    Tail biting

    So would just like some opinions. I brought a 23 litre tank today but only filled it to be about 21 litres. A filter is running it which has some media from the current betta tank in it, when I clean the goldfish filter next I will also put some more in from there as there was no too much to spare from the small betta filter! I brought some plants and will be buying a few more plus maybe some silk plants when I have some more money. Plus a background as the tank is next to a mirror and I don't want Klaus stressed from that all day! Anyway I tested the current 9 litre tank and it was ammonia: 0.25 nitrite:0 and nitrate:0. I did a 50% water change. Now I'm just thinking how much longer could/should I leave Klaus in here? I mean at this point it seems there will be ammonia in either tank, I guess it is a question of which one will have the most? I mean I'm not sure whether to move Klaus now or in a week or when the cycle is complete (which could be another 4 weeks away or more).
  3. I am in the middle of going bare bottom after making some mistakes with gravel and my Clementine also gets pebbles stuck in her mouth occasionally. I like the aesthetics of it and the ease that I hope it will be I've nearly gotten rid of all the gravel and though she loves to suck and forage through the gravel. I notice my fish still sucks on the glass, plants and driftwood offered so she is entertained by that. So I don't think any natural instinct is deprived as they find other things to suck on haha.
  4. Andrea

    Tail biting

    He does look a bit pale, is what it means You already got great advice and although I am in no means a betta expert, I have noticed with my own fish (8 so far) that they do feel much less stressed if there is more cover in the tank. In your larger tank, adding some more life plants or silk plants may be a great idea. All of mine love simple floating plants, from mini water lettuce over hornwort, anubias, water sprite - whatever stays up and gives cover. Thanks I actually brought some silk plants today but they were too big! So after a rinse into the goldfish tank they went. I will definitely provide more cover in his new home.
  5. Andrea

    Tail biting

    Thanks so much for all your help! I'll keep you updated hopefully with good news.
  6. Andrea

    Tail biting

    I have a filter on this current betta tank, it came with a sponge and carbon. I removed the carbon and added filter wool and ceramic rings. Shall I use them? There is alot more to spare from the goldfish filter though, but I recently loss a goldfish to dropsy and I'm a bit scared what is in that tank/filter. I know dropsy isn't contagious but something caused it Ah maybe I'm just paranoid. I'm really excited to get this new tank, I hope I can make Klaus stress free with a happy life
  7. I'm so sorry for your loss RIP Basil.
  8. Andrea

    Tail biting

    I'm going to buy the new tank within the next few days, I'll start cycling (I'll take out some filter media from my current filter and put it in the new filter, add stability as instructions and some food too) and water changes as needed. However, what should I do about the tank Klaus is in now? Do I just leave it? Do a water change to get some of the salt out? Should I stop with salt altogether, even in the new tank? Sorry for all the questions, I just need to be spoon fed exactly what to do about his current situation until the new tank is sorted. Also with water changes with the 20L, I guess it depends on water quality, but often do you do a water change? Once a week, 50%?
  9. Good luck! They are such cuties (all your fish are!) and I really hope they make a full recovery.
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    Tail biting

    Oh and would you recommend a bare bottom tank? As I noticed Klaus sleeps on the bottom of the tank and I thought the little pebbles might be harming him too. I could just stick plants under driftwood/big rocks and not worry about Klaus digging them up like silly goldfish
  11. Andrea

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    Ugh what a waste of money Silly me, I thought the size wad adequate but should have known, always go as big as you can afford What does paling mean? Sorry! I'll look into the tank asap and start cycling. So I should just get an empty tank (i.e no filter attached) and buy a separate filter? Aquaclear is obviously available in Australia? Is 20 the type I would want for a 20L tank? I just want the best for Klaus of course. Thanks for all the help!
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    Tail biting

    When I first got him: http://i1117.photobucket.com/albums/k597/Andrea-Cronshaw/DSC00766_zps3ffc3900.jpg Before treatment begun (about 4 days before, it got a bit worse after this) http://i1117.photobucket.com/albums/k597/Andrea-Cronshaw/_MG_0815copy_zps12b34a88.jpg Right now: http://i1117.photobucket.com/albums/k597/Andrea-Cronshaw/DSC00783_zps659ebb04.jpg I don't have any photos of between before treatment and now. But it was healing, as new white growth was showing. That rounded bit in the middle is the brand new 'bite?' Oh and my full tank shot: http://i1117.photobucket.com/albums/k597/Andrea-Cronshaw/DSC00784_zpsbb5d31bb.jpg Please note this is my first ever Betta. I'm totally new to tropical fish (have been owning goldfish for about 10 years, about 4 years correctly) but I did try to do lots of research before!
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    Tail biting

    Ah it's so stressful, everyone tells you different things. I wasn't salting at first but as it wasn't healing I decided to. I really think I'm going to get a bigger tank!
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    Tail biting

    I'll get some photos up I'll take some now and show you what it was before. It was Seacheam's Stress Guard, not API's Stress Coat just incase you got confused between the two. Not sure if you did but. Just to repeat, I was just using stress coat, today for the first time I used Prime and Stress Guard. I just did a water change, it was 100%. Do you still want tank parameters? My tap water is ammonia: 0, nitrite:0 and nirtate:0 and ph 7.6. I can check it in the morning if you'd like? It just feels like this won't go away
  15. Andrea

    Tail biting

    I think my betta, Klaus, may be tail biting as I've heard of this happening before and I'll explain why. So I put my healthy Klaus on hold when I first saw him at the fish shop, came back a few days later to pick him up and he developed fin rot. I took him home and thought some nice clean water would fix it up, but though it healed, it kept getting worse and then healing a bit and so on. This continued for about 3-4 weeks. Tuesday last week I started the salt treatment with 1 teaspoon per gallon (2.5 gallon tank) and 100% water changes, I have been doing this every day since. After a few days, it started to heal and new growth had emerged though very slowly. I just did my usual water change and salt treatment, instead of using stress coat though I used Prime/Stress Guard. This was the only change. He seemed a bit crazy as I added him back in but he is an active little guy so I wasn't too worried. I just went to check on him and there is two chunks out of his tail, bite size and it's only been about an hour since I put him back in so could fin rot happen this quick??? Or is he tail biting? I have not seen him actually bite his tail but do often witnessing him chasing it like a dog does. I don't know what to do, I feel like I'm doing all I can, but probably not so please help He did seem a bit stressed when I put him back, but I slowly adjusted him into the water over 30 minutes as I have been doing this whole treatment.
  16. Oh no, I've just seen this making the rounds around the internet today. Sad to hear it has a bad ending, it's not something just anyone could try that is for sure.
  17. This is great! It would seem so scary the first time you did it though. Does anyone know why the fish start to tip on their side?
  18. Sorry to hear He did look really sick and you must have done all you could for him to get this far. Dropsy is an evil evil thing!
  19. Best of luck! I know how frustrating it is, it would be so good if we had access to goldfish connection products
  20. Oh really? Thanks for the info, Clementine is quite small so I'll have to pass then. Thanks anyway
  21. If no one claims them, I'll have the green packet (I already have a pack of the other one). Though if the person Helen mentioned wants both, I'm happy for them to have them
  22. They don't post to Australia as it won't get past our customs
  23. You should be able to get Seachem's Stability in Australia, they are also the ones who make Prime. It's a great product in my opinion and what I used to cycle my tank, it even tells you how Though it can take longer than it says and I also added a bit of pellet food when cycling mine.
  24. I think Alex means me and if you are from Sydney by any chance, there is a wonderful avian/reptile/aquatic vet in south-west Sydney. They are lovely and will do the best for your fish. Let me know if you are and need their contact info. Best of luck!
  25. I hope I'm not bringing up too an old thread, but I'm so glad I came across this! I have a black common as you can see in my photo and I've always wondered why she had slightly popped out eyes and a different shaped face to most other single tailed (We all thought she looked like a shark when we first got her, though she has somewhat out grown that). Well this explains it all, very interested to hear This may explain why she is not all that friendly either. Glad to see some Clementine look a likes in this thread hehe My Clementine is also a matte goldfish, not shiny like most other fishies I see.
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