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Does Moss Help Keeping Good Water Quality?

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by leeexie-flowy, Apr 6, 2017.

  1. leeexie-flowy Valued Member Member

    So tomorrow i'll be taking in my friend's betta fish that she no longer wants.
    But in the moment i only have my 5 gallon which in the moment is dry and will take time to cycle again, he's currently in a 0.7 gallon bowl, he's very beautiful i don't want him to die so i'll be doing WC every second day/every day if ammonia gets too high.

    I'd like to know if java moss helps with water parameters, i have a bunch in my 10G, and if it helps i'll keep some in the bowl

    Note:I have BB supplement to help speed the cycle, so it should take around 2 weeks/a month to cycle

  2. Aster Well Known Member Member

    It will, although I'm not sure how much of a difference you'll see. All plants help with water quality, but faster growing plants such are better at it. The java moss won't hurt though and it'll make him feel more comfortable :)

    Is the 0.7g cycled? If not, I think it would be better to move him into the 5 gallon. It'll take longer for ammonia to build up in a larger volume of water, and he'll have more swimming space.

  3. leeexie-flowy Valued Member Member

    Is it even possible to cycle a 0.7 bowl? Lol
    Now that i remember, my 10G is cycled *facepalm* i just need to take some of the cycled filter media and wait for a while for bacteria to colonize.
    Just out of curiosity, is it possible to have a cycled bowl? Like, taking cycled media and placing in the bowl so bacteria can grow around?Seems impossible but funny tbh lol

  4. Lorekeeper Well Known Member Member

    You can techincally cycle any volume of water, as long as you have some sort of media for the BB to grow on.

    In a 0.7 gallon, if you needed it to cycle, you'd probably want either a modded canister filter that could handle that tiny volume of water or a sponge filter.
  5. Aster Well Known Member Member

    Possibly, it would be very hard to find a filter that fits and it would probably be unstable, but who knows :) Simply placing the media in the bowl wouldn't work though, they need a constant supply of oxygen and ammonia/nitrite which is provided by the water flow of a filter.

    If you have cycled media you should have an instant cycle or close to it. You'll have to add the betta immediately to give the bacteria an ammonia source.
  6. leeexie-flowy Valued Member Member

    Thank you for your answers! I'll do my best to keep lil betta alive

    He's been in that bowl for 5 months and is still pretty as ever, what a hardy little guy[ ]i fell in love with him

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  7. Lorekeeper Well Known Member Member

    I'm sure you'll do great!

    I'd put him in the 5 gallon. He'll probably be better off in a cycling tank than a 0.7 gallon, imo.
  8. leeexie-flowy Valued Member Member

    Thanks! Don't worry he'll be in the 5 gallon
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  10. Mom2some Well Known Member Member

    Yes, obviously use your cycled media to help instantly cycle the 5 gal with the betta.
    And Yes, add the Java moss. I think the live plants add benefits that we don't know how to quantify. He will be lost in so much space! How great!