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    Extended power outage, how to help betta stay warm enough

    Hi everyone, I live in Northern California and there are extended power outages happening bc of fire danger and an actual fire creeping closer to town. We are on evacuation alert and I’ve got betta Simon’s escape cup plus a one gallon tank for temporary evacuation home, so we’re all set there...
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    Sad - Both Mystery Snails Died At The Same Time.

    Hi all, not really looking for advice, mostly empathy I guess. I had two mystery snails, a gold one named Lord Varys and an ivory named Danaerys (probably not the best names for them, in retrospect lol). They were originally in a 10-gallon tank with my betta Simon but Simon decided their...
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    Ammonia Always At .25 No Matter What I Do

    Hi all, I've cycled several tanks at this point, I'm very familiar with how to test, the whole nitrogen cycle, what to look for etc. I recently had a crash of my 10-gallon tank but moved my betta and re-cycled the tank til it was ready for him to go back. Question: my 10 gallon tank always...
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    Help! Sudden Crash Of Cycled Tank!

    Hi all, My previously cycled 10g tank always showed 0 to .25 ammonia, 0 nitrites, about 5ppm nitrates. I do a weekly 25% water change, I have one betta in there by himself and one tiny volunteer snail. A couple days ago I saw a bit more ammonia so I did about a 30% water change yesterday...
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    Help Very Sick Rescue Betta - Can He Be Saved?

    Hello lovely fish people! I made the mistake of going to Petco for some supplies and saw several dead bettas in their betta section, and one who was alive but clearly struggling. He was kind of “standing” vertically and not moving. Something got me about him so I thought I’d try to save him. I...
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    Help- Betta Has Thin Spots/holes In Fins!

    Hi all! My formerly perfectly healthy betta Simon has developed a couple of issues. About four days ago he appeared to be biting his dorsal fin. It seemed to be stress related to seeing his own reflection in the glass. I fixed that and he seemed to stop. Today I noticed 3-4 faded spots or...
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    Betta Stressing Himself With Reflection, Is There A Stick-on Background Scene That Can Go Inside?

    Hi all, my betta Simon was doing just dandy until I got lights for his aquarium. They are beautiful and he and his plants/snails need some light. The problem is when the light is on the inside glass on one side becomes reflective and he thinks there is a new fish enemy on the other side of the...
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    Flare “burp” Does Relieve Constipation In Betta!!

    Hi all, Simon the betta decided he really wanted to eat Dany the Mystery Snail’s zucchini...a lot of it! I noticed him picking at it but didn’t think that much of it. Until the next morning when he had a huge balloon tummy! Ouch! I fasted him for three-ish days and very little change, started to...
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    Don’t Give Up On Your Motionless/floating Mystery Snail!

    Hi all, Newish to fish keeping, recently got a gold mystery snail for my 10g betta tank. The betta kept nipping at my snail so I moved “Lord Varys” to his own 2g tank. Maybe too much movement happened or he was “shell shocked” (ha ha) but shortly after the move he was floating in the tank...
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    How To Reduce Stress/shock In Moving From 2-gal To 10-gal Tank!

    Hello experts! I have a somewhat new betta (3wks from a Petco cup) Simon, and plan to transfer him to a new 10-gallon tank after his 3 weeks in a two-gallon bowl. He’s been fine so far, bless his little fish-heart, with my unknowingly exposing him to undoubted high ammonia levels, substandard...
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    Hi There, Reluctant But Enthusiastic Fish/betta Person!!

    Hi all, This probably echoes a million other newbies’ introductions but hi, I’m Stacia and I’m a betta addict (“Hi Stacia...”) You get the idea, ha ha! Like so many others, I was gifted a beautiful, sweet, funny and smart betta fish, Simon, in a small (2 gallon) bowl and had no idea what I was...




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