I have a single king betta in five gallons. Before yesterday's water change: ammonia 0, nitrite 0, nitrate 10, pH 7.8. I fight to keep pH down, and worry that I'm just stressing my fish by using pH Down to do that.
Someone has suggested I use bottled water. I guess I could do that, if I find...
PascalKrypt, thanks for your interest. You've asked questions I haven't thought of. I need to wait to reply until Saturday, though, when I have some time to get on my laptop. I'm on my phone now and it'll be too long a post for the phone.
Meantime, László is eating a bit now. One pellet or two...
Pagoda, I'm starting to feel that the pH is the problem (and that maybe "leaching acrylic"
was a silly idea). I need to find a place to read about tropical fish - specifically bettas - and what pH does to them. Got any links?
Pagoda, thanks so much for your input. I appreciate it.
I'd never thought of bottled water. I wouldn't even know where to get it. But what comes out of my tap is over 8, so I'm going to consider bottled.
Hey, Nette. It's good to see you.
Stick around. Lots of good people and good info, advice, and help here.
Note: you'll read a lot of advice about the cycle. Its importance can't be overstated. You'll find good articles here: what the cycle is, how to get it going in your tank, how to tell...
Yep, I did. It took about seven weeks.
I give him pellets mostly. Two-three, morning and night. Every couple of days I give him frozen bloodworms.
Thing is, my other two bettas did the same thing: started spitting out their food (whatever it was), consuming nothing, until they...
I last tested the water when I did a water change a couple of days ago, on Sunday.
pH 8.4 *
Thanks for whatever thoughts you can offer.
* I know the pH is a problem. I went to the LFS and got some pH Down. I'm trying to bring it down slowly. Right now...
Gotta be quick, gotta get into the office
I have a 5 gal acrylic tank with my third betta. My last two have died. I've done all I can think of. But now László is spitting out his food, which is how my other two died. They wouldn't eat. (Of course I euthanized them.)
Is my acrylic tank leaching...
Thanks, JJ, for all your posts here and the info you've given me. I'll be a noob for a long time, but because of you and others like you, I'm learning fast.
I haven't given any meds, but now I'm tempted to because he won't eat. He keeps spitting out his food. We'll see after today's water change.
Hi, JJ. He's not near a window. I cycled the tank and test about once a week. It's always good. I'll get a pic of the brown rasser frasser stuff as soon as this Rat Face gets off my lap!
Edited to answer your question better, I hope: it took seven weeks for this little tank to cycle. I let it...
My king betta, László, has been a happy guy since I brought him home. Lately he's gotten a little sluggish, and I wonder if it could be the diatoms. I can't get the upper hand on it and I can't figure out how to stop it.
1. Could it be hurting László?
2. Does anyone know what I have to do to...
I'm not exactly a noob.... I guess I'd say I'm a weak novice.
I'm upgrading my betta, László, to a 10 gallon (from five) and I have questions about the tank I want, the substrate I should get (I'll have live plants), what to do about diatoms, the best pH for a betta, and more.
Is this the...
I'm largely ignorant of anything besides the cycle, testing, and water changes. I didn't know there is yet more harmful stuff.
How can I know what the pH should be? Does it depend on the fish?
Thanks for your advice.