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    Does a betta's tank need to be cycled?

    Anyway, I will get two more 2.5 g's and cycle them, then transfer my bettas over. Thanks everyone.
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    Does a betta's tank need to be cycled?

    oldbean Peacefantasy I have three bettas, in three separate 2 g's. I was cycling the 2.5 considering raising frogs or snails, or a scarlet badis. The two bettas I had as a kid were never in "properly" cycled tanks, just 2 g's with conditioned/heated water and vacuumed gravel. Today, I have been...
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    Does a betta's tank need to be cycled?

    I had two bettas as a kid, and now I have three. I'm currently fishless-cycling one 2.5 g tank and I'm wondering if I should get two more to transfer each betta.
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    Are diatoms on artificial plants safe to scrub off in the water?

    BamBamSorg my gouramis love them too, actually. I just wasn't sure if they could be harmful or anything.
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    Are diatoms on artificial plants safe to scrub off in the water?

    Aquaphobia mschwegler thank you very much!!
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    Are diatoms on artificial plants safe to scrub off in the water?

    Or do I have to remove them and scrub them off in the sink?
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    Pink kissing gourami still not growing?

    slayer5590 i had an issue with nipping for a short time, but they get along well now. they're both healthy and love hanging around each other.
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    Pink kissing gourami still not growing?

    weiji great to hear. thank you! and my neon tetra actually are growing differently too, one is sort of the runt and hasn't gotten fat or quite as long as the others have. he eats well too, I haven't been worried about him at all though. he has the most vibrant colors of all my tetra.
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    Pink kissing gourami still not growing?

    I've had two since about January and one is around average growth rate (approx. 4-5 inches) and the other is still 1-2! He grew normally with the first few weeks alongside his brother to get to where he is now (I call them brothers because they get along well but love to play fight). It seems...
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    I think my betta has ick?

    TexasDomer my 2.5 was $14. thanks for the advice!!
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    2.5 g temporary tank until ammonia spike goes down

    tfreema thanks for the suggestion! i'll look into it.
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    I think my betta has ick?

    TexasDomer I haven't seen that sale around here, but I'm going back soon so I'll definitely check! I have three, so I like to be fair to all of them lol. If that sale is going on, I'll probably get two more 2.5 g's and transfer them. All three seemed pretty spooked at the extra space when I...
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    I think my betta has ick?

    TexasDomer 2 g tall.
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    I think my betta has ick?

    TexasDomer thank you! i didn't know that heat could do that. do you have any methods for heating? my heaters are all set to 78 degrees.
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    2.5 g temporary tank until ammonia spike goes down

    tfreema ammonia got down to 0 as of two days ago!! and cloudiness comes and goes, but it hasn't been since the ammonia went down. i have an aqueon quietflow 20, which is 125 gph, and probably not even that :/ it trickles from the corner, you can see it in another post of mine.
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    I think my betta has ick?

    Because of his color scheme, I'm not positive if the white spots are ick, but I'm pretty sure. I think he's also a little constipated and you can see his torn right fin in the second picture, but that's unrelated. Should I add in a remedy tablet? He's not lethargic or anything, and he's eating...
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    2.5 g stock suggestions?

    Jaxsco i guess i just never thought of keeping shrimp before, aha. what kinds of plants can i get that fit in a 2.5?
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    2.5 g stock suggestions?

    Jaxsco oh wow, didn't know that.
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    2.5 g stock suggestions?

    how much room do fancy goldfish need? would one of them be a good fit?
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    Aqueon QuietFlow 20: is this normal????

    TexasDomer i'm gonna check on the warranty. we don't have the money to just buy another one right now.
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    Do more mature fish school with young fish?

    @Dovah i figured, i barely get any flow out of that thing, if you look at my latest post... @Anders247 sounds reassuring. thanks!
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    Aqueon QuietFlow 20: is this normal????

    @BamBamSorg my mollies used to do that!!! @TexasDomer oh, okay. do you think that a different type of media would help with the flow?
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    2.5 g stock suggestions?

    @Jaxsco i actually didn't know about the puddle myth. mine just seem to prefer smaller spaces; two shot around in stress then stilled for long periods and one stayed completely still in the 2 g, i thought he got sick from something (or someone) in there. maybe i could try again since they're...
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    2.5 g stock suggestions?

    Currently cycling this new 2.5 g. Can't think of anything off the top of my head to stock it with! Any and all suggestions are welcome. I do have 3 bettas, but they all seem to be happier with the minimum possible free space (they wouldn't swim around in the last 2 g i had, which is now a...
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    Aqueon QuietFlow 20: is this normal????

    TexasDomer what BamBamSorg said; i keep the holder for the bacteria but replace the cartridge. is simply holding out on replacing the cartridge for a few more weeks okay? i've heard a few bad things about just changing media.
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    Aqueon QuietFlow 20: is this normal????

    TexasDomer every other cartridge change (which is every 3 weeks, so every 6 weeks) i use a brush in every good place i can think of.
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    Aqueon QuietFlow 20: is this normal????

    @TexasDomer i'm not sure what's causing that. it would trickle all the way across at first like in the aqueon product videos for maybe a month or so, but this has been the norm since then. do you also notice the mucus-y substance? i thought that substance could be the beneficial bacteria but...
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    Aqueon QuietFlow 20: is this normal????

    not sure what's causing this. it certainly is quiet, just not sure if it's safe (i've had two bacterial blooms in the past month and have been experiencing an ammonia spike; just going through all possible causes) so can anyone else with this tank tell me if this is normal??
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    What looks good with neon tetras?

    Redshark1 looks amazing!! are glass catfish the same as ghost catfish? i've seen one at petco and the other at petsmart and i remember thinking they look the same, and wondered if one just had the name wrong.
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    2.5 g temporary tank until ammonia spike goes down

    tfreema that's the plan. however, the 20 g water is clouded again? that had gone away days ago, i was just dealing with the ammonia but now i'm managing both again. it looks the same, so i'm thinking it's another bacterial bloom??? for the 2.5, i'm just going to do the fishless cycle.
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    Neon tetra preferred conditions?

    TexasDomer it's a new tank, and the water was store bought. the person who bought them for me didn't get a heater for it also. so i'll just be fishless cycling the 2.5 and keeping everyone in the 20, by suggestion.
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    Neon tetra preferred conditions?

    TexasDomer i've decided against moving them into the 2.5, by suggestion from people on here. the temporary tank was just until i can get my 20 g back on track. TexasDomer temp was definitely below 72 (store bought and was sitting in a car for a little while) but ammonia and all was at 0 and...
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    2.5 g temporary tank until ammonia spike goes down

    Megg01 alright, i'll definitely get that soon. thank you!
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    Do more mature fish school with young fish?

    Dovah i kept the tetras in the 20g by suggestion, and i believe it's 30x12x12 or something along those lines. i have an aqueon quietflow 20, and api master test kit.
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    2.5 g temporary tank until ammonia spike goes down

    Megg01 i'm on a low budget, so is prime expensive? and where can i get it? i've been doing 40-60% daily for at least a week and just got down to .25 ppm today.
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    2.5 g temporary tank until ammonia spike goes down

    Megg01 is it safer to keep them in the .25 ppm ammonia though?? that's how i got down to four in the first place
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    Neon tetra preferred conditions?

    I'm moving them into a temporary 2.5 g (I have 4 for now, but will have a full school in a few days) and would like the preferred pH, temp, etc.
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    2.5 g temporary tank until ammonia spike goes down

    Dave75g do you think just the tetras will be fine? i've also heard they're good for cycling, so i thought that'd be a plus and maybe i could move one of my bettas or something else into it later.
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    2.5 g temporary tank until ammonia spike goes down

    tfreema i have been doing 40-60% daily changes for about a week, and just today i found the cause of the spike. after removing it the count was so much better. for the 2.5, i have bacterial supplement, and i've heard that tetras are good for doing fish-in cycles. so should i skip the 2.5...
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    How often can I use API Stress Coat?

    Thai Aquarium owner yeah, i know.. i'm not the only one who tends to this tank, so i take partial responsibility lol.
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    2.5 g temporary tank until ammonia spike goes down

    I have a 20 g which is currently undergoing an ammonia spike which is almost completely under control, but I don't want to lose anymore fish. 20 g stats- ammonia: .25 ppm nitrites: 0 nitrates: 0 pH: 7.2 stock: 4 neon tetras and 2 pink kissing gouramis (yes i know they need more space)...
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    Do more mature fish school with young fish?

    Dovah i keep getting referred to seachem prime, is it expensive? i know it's probably worth the buy either way, i'm just on a low budget, lol. for the ammonia, i just use jungle (walmart brand i believe) ammonia clear tablets. i have 4 tetras, and 2 pink kissing gouramis. since the ammonia...
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    How often can I use API Stress Coat?

    I've had a eureka moment, lol. Lifted up a decoration to find one of my mollies who passed, and I just thought someone had already done the deed of removing him. My gouramis must've been pecking at him and moved him into there. Very strange (and a little haunting) experience to get the zombie...
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    Do more mature fish school with young fish?

    Dovah thank you, and API stress coat. 20 g
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    How often can I use API Stress Coat?

    CindiL about .25 ppm for ammonia in tap. api stress coat removes chloramines and chlorine. i use jungle ammonia clear tablets, not the highest quality but all i can find locally.
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    Do more mature fish school with young fish?

    @Dovah thank you. and there's an ammonia spike of about 1 ppm now that i'm handling with topfin bacterial supplement and daily 40-60% water changes. @TexasDomer thanks for the info.
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    What looks good with neon tetras?

    TexasDomer thank you for the suggestion! i'll look for some when i go to my fish store.
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    How often can I use API Stress Coat?

    Rivieraneo okay, thank you. it's just that it doesn't seem like the water changes are doing much.
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    How often can I use API Stress Coat?

    CindiL i hadn't added in my bacterial supplement in a while, and so i had more bad bacteria than good. is there anything that can "take away" ammonia rather than just detoxifying it, besides water changes? i've been doing 40-60% daily for a while and i've yet to see a significant change.
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    Do more mature fish school with young fish?

    My four neon tetras are not happy, they separate throughout the tank and aren't together much. I lost my other two in a bacterial bloom situation. When I buy two or three more and add them into the tank, will all of them form a school no matter what?




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