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  1. ClaireRedfield

    Help Changing Substrate

    Just a quick add on to the above suggestions. Don’t do any filter maintenance or cleaning before you attempt this and never move a tank with any water in it. It puts incredible pressure on the corners of the tank and 6 months later, you’ll wonder where that leak came from. You will lose some...
  2. ClaireRedfield

    Help Betta An Molly

    Oh and don’t beat yourself up about it! We’ve all been there lol. Every fish keeper has made a bad decision, bought the wrong fish or the right but it still didn’t work out. It happens. Just do the best you can ♥️
  3. ClaireRedfield

    Help Betta An Molly

    Female mollies get up to 5 inches and to prevent him chasing them to death you would need 3. 3 x 5inch females and a 4 inch male, plus the cats and the betta would need at least a 30-40g tank. Plus they would be breeding so the numbers would just keep going up and up. So no way will that work...
  4. ClaireRedfield

    Question Tank Upgrade Cycle Questions

    Let us know and show us some pics! Have fun. Aquascaping a new tank is the best
  5. ClaireRedfield

    Cloudy Water

    Your results may not be accurate with test strips. They give a round about answer lol You definitely can get a bacteria bloom during a mini cycle, and that may be part of what’s happening. The question is why I’m going to assume you have nitrAtes(that test strips can’t show due to your water...
  6. ClaireRedfield

    Help Betta An Molly

    It really depends on the personality of the individual fish. Some bettas are really laid back and some are douchenozzles lol. I understand what you were going for, it just didn’t work out. That’s why you should always have a backup plan for a betta community attempt. Anyway, it is what it is...
  7. ClaireRedfield

    Cloudy Water

    I’m a little confused. You said the parameters are fine, but then said the tank is cycling. It can’t be both lol. If you have any amount of ammonia or nitrite (nitrate should be kept around 10 or below. Nitrate will only appear near the end of the cycling process) then the tank is cycling and...
  8. ClaireRedfield

    To Snail Or Not To Snail?

    That’s my baby girl Zoe. She’s a total weirdo I test drive my nerites now lol. I put them in the 30g first, if no eggs they can be moved to the betta tanks. The eggs don’t bother me in bigger tanks, but drive me nuts in a small 5g. They are cool little dudes, have fun with them
  9. ClaireRedfield

    Cloudy Water

    Are your water parameters good? Are you testing daily? Ammonia 0, nitrite 0, nitrate less then 10? If they are good, then just ignore the cloud. It will clear on its own. If they aren’t, do whatever is required to keep the fish alive. If there is any ammonia then you should up your changes to...
  10. ClaireRedfield

    Help Betta An Molly

    If you can’t get a 5g for the betta, (5g are tiny. I have 4 in my bedroom. They fit on a nightstand quite easily) you’d be better off keeping her in a breeder then the molly. Bettas adapt to small quarters better, the molly will need the space much more then she will. The problem with keeping a...
  11. ClaireRedfield

    Is My Fish Ok?

    It always sucks having to put any animal to sleep. I’m sorry you may have to do it, but it’s kinder then letting them waste away for weeks. You could try antibiotics first and occasionally parasites can cause lesions as well. Being a dwarf gourami though, it’s not likely. It’s something like 1...
  12. ClaireRedfield

    Cloudy Water

    Sounds l Sounds like you have a plan. Hope it clears up for you
  13. ClaireRedfield

    Help Betta An Molly

    60l, that’s only like 16g right? Molly’s are community fish, they like to be with their own kind. He’s definitely looking for company, which the betta doesn’t like as she has claimed the tank for herself. Unfortunately 16g isn’t big enough for Molly’s, they can reach 4-5 inches, produce a lot of...
  14. ClaireRedfield

    To Snail Or Not To Snail?

    Awesome names! Just a quick note. If you get female nerites they will lay awful white eggs everywhere, that are super hard to get off. Means they’re happy though, and the eggs may not bother you lol
  15. ClaireRedfield

    Is My Fish Ok?

    Sorry to say but if it is dwarf gourami iridovirus, there is nothing you can do. It’s a disease that only dwarf gourami(you don’t have to worry about the other fish) get and it’s always fatal. Keep the water clean, feed him good food and when he starts to suffer, put him to sleep.
  16. ClaireRedfield

    Question Tank Upgrade Cycle Questions

    Just cut the sponge from the 10g by a third and place it directly on top of the filter media in the 30g’s filter or place an extra sponge over the existing sponge in the 10’s filter for a couple of weeks before hand. Won’t instantly cycle a 30, but def get you started. If you keep 2 sponges in...
  17. ClaireRedfield

    Cloudy Water

    Filtered water...do you mean store bought spring water? Or that you are filtering the water before it goes in the tank? By “normal cut out filter” I’m going to assume you mean the filter/carbon pads you buy at the pet store lol. Are you throwing the entire pad away? If you are, your tank is...
  18. ClaireRedfield

    Cloudy Water

    Did you mean no nitrItes (not nitrAtes)?Cause no nitrite means your tank is still cycling. What colour is the cloudiness? White, brown, green...etc. Have you moved any decorations, changed filter media, changed food? How large are the goldies? At 2 they should be pretty large, perhaps you...
  19. ClaireRedfield

    Is My Fish Ok?

    Is he bloated or lethargic? Looks like the beginnings of dwarf gourami disease.
  20. ClaireRedfield

    Treating Popeye Without Meds

    Oh, I meant 5 days after the water is good n tea stained, but I can leave them in longer if you think it won’t hurt anything. I’m always afraid of leaving things to rot in nano tanks lol She certainly seems not to care about the eye lol. She swims all over, hunts seed shrimp and greets me...
  21. ClaireRedfield

    Treating Popeye Without Meds

    I have almond leaves in there, and I’ve been changing them out every 5 days. I’ve never done Epsom salts on a betta, only goldfish, so I wasn’t sure if it was safe. I’ll try it tomorrow morning I figured there was nothing I could do Maybe if I’d had her sooner, but I can’t do anything about...
  22. ClaireRedfield

    Treating Popeye Without Meds

    The woman at the convenience store kept her on the store counter in a 1/4 gallon filthy “tank” that her son left when he moved. When I said I would take her, she sold me her for $3. She had popeye when I got her. I’ll see if I can upload a pic Not sure if this pic worked. As I said, she is...
  23. ClaireRedfield

    Treating Popeye Without Meds

    Hello, I’m wondering if anyone here has attempted to treat popeye in a betta without meds? I recently rescued a female betta from a convenience store where she was living in a filthy cup. She is now in a cycled, heated 5 gallon. I’ve been keeping fish for 25yrs, so I’m not a newbie. I live in...




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