Betta Fish Beginner

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by Jlsmith80, Apr 15, 2018.

  1. Jlsmith80New MemberMember

    i boutght a 2.5 gallon Betta tank with small filter for my son. Put water and conditioner for Berta’s in the water filled it let it cycle had a heater set at 78. Let cycle for 24 hours. Bought fish let bag sit for hour two days later fish was dead what did I do wrong?
  2. Katie13Fishlore VIPMember

    The tank was not cycled and leaving him in the bag for an hour like that probably resulted in a high level of oxygen depletion.

  3. Jlsmith80New MemberMember

    How long should tank cycle. He was in a bowl from pet store I let it float

    Any other thoughts or do’s and dont’s

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  4. Ryan PValued MemberMember

    If you can get a bigger tank that would be ideal (not the cuase the the betta died), as 2.5 gal is really not good for any fish at all. I also use Seachem Prime as my water conditioner.

    Here's a link for nitrogen cycle

    Bettas are hardy fish though so it can also be that the fish was already sick to begin with.
    This forum is great and helped me a lot. Good Luck!

  5. Jlsmith80New MemberMember

    I thought two and a half would be ok for one Betta.
  6. FanaticFishlore VIPMember

    2.5 gallons are the minimum, nothing smaller.
    There's nothing wrong with keeping bettas in a 2.5 gallon, I have one in that size, and he does just fine.
  7. Jlsmith80New MemberMember

    What did I do wrong do you have a heater. I have well water but conditioned it should I use distilled water.

    What did I do wrong I have well water but treated it. Should I use distilled water. Do you have a heater. Thanks.
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  8. Abby565Valued MemberMember

    Well water is fine. You do need a heater.
    The problem was that cycling a tank takes weeks, not a few hours. The ammonia levels rose quickly in such a small tank and killed the fish.
  9. Mr.Mang09Valued MemberMember

    What you did wrong was you didn’t cycle the tank properly. Just letting the water sit in the tank for 24 hours isn’t cycling. You need to add an ammonia source( bottled ammonia) as a food source for the bacteria to grow.Cyclig takes 4 -6 weeks
  10. FishL:))Well Known MemberMember

    Hello @Jlsmith80!

    With your size of tank you need to make sure you change it more often than a bigger aquarium to keep your water parameters at safe levels. I would read up on the nitrogen cycle that one of the members posted, and then give it another try!
    Bettas are so much fun, and reallllly cute!! :)

    Best of luck.
  11. Ryan PValued MemberMember

    This is what I meant by bigger tank can be better, on such a small tank and not cycled water parameters can swing very fast and can be harmful to fish, specially when you accidentally overfeed.
  12. Jlsmith80New MemberMember

    Letting it cycle longer will keep ammonia levels down.
  13. Mr.Mang09Valued MemberMember

    Yes it will keep the ammonia levels low if you cycle correctly. But it won’t cycle unless you start the cycle. I would suggest following instructions on a fishless cycle.
  14. Bettafishies126Valued MemberMember

    It 100% is okay for 1 betta people on here all have different opinions on it though but most people will say for 1 betta, 2.5 is fine.

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