Just saw your posts and wanted to say hello from Pompano Beach.
Check out the Gold Coast Aquarium Society. They meet monthly on the 2nd Wednesday and often have mini fish auctions and annual conventions. I went to their Spring Auction in March at TY Park and picked up some very...
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That. Is. Odd.
I have experienced a white film buildup when starting a new tank. Often it's the good bacteria (a "bacteria bloom") that gets a little crazy until the cycle stabilizes. It's a thin white surface film that can be broken easily with a finger or other water...
Well, actually there is a color change with every single water change. It's very faint but you can see it. That's the point....that it's not enough to do anything at all.
Another consideration is the concept of back-to-back water changes. For example, in an ammonia emergency you'd complete a 50...
Mathematically speaking, a 10 percent water change once daily for seven days is equivalent to a 70 percent water change once a week.
Practically speaking, it is not. That's because you're not achieving the same amount of dilution doing 10 percent daily.
In aquarium-speak, "the solution to...
Those sound like red clawed shrimp. They are often mistaken for ghost shrimp. Red clawed shrimp are aggressive and they will continually tear at your betta's fins.
If they are red claws, I'd get rid of them.
Seachem Prime is the best water conditioner and dechlorinator, in my opinion. And that's good that you used the API quick start.
The only way to tell if your tank is cycled is by testing the water. I recommend the Freshwater Master Test Kit.
A tank is cycled when the tests...
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You've got a nice tank set up for your betta right now. He (or she!) has some growing to do, so you could concentrate on making the home as awesome as possible.
For example, make sure that the tank is cycled. The nitrogen cycle is the most important aspect of fish...