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post #1 of 17 Old 09-11-2006, 09:33 PM Thread Starter
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Help stocking tank

i have a betta splendens wich i got like a week ago i gt it along with a 30l i think thats around 8 or 9 gallons and im wondering wat other fish i could put with it. i was thinking maybe some tetras or some bottom feeders any suggestiions?
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post #2 of 17 Old 09-11-2006, 09:36 PM
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Hi. I would avoid anything with long fins/ flashy fins. They betta will think it is another betta and will eventually fight it and kill it, such as lets say guppy's and long finned zebra danios. I would wait for the tank to cycle first and have/maintened good water stats. Water stats would be helpful too.

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post #3 of 17 Old 09-11-2006, 09:40 PM Thread Starter
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yeah i have a heater and an undergravel filter i keep the water temp at 26 C and ie used all the water conditions i can to remove the chlorine, how long do u suggest i wait? wat do u eman by water stats?
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post #4 of 17 Old 09-11-2006, 09:51 PM Thread Starter
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i was thinking of geting 4 or 5 harlequin rasboras and maybe a couple of cardinal tetras or neons
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post #5 of 17 Old 09-11-2006, 09:52 PM
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The undergravel filter is a problem right there. The undergravel filter does work, but not as effectivly as a regular filter. It filters the water but to just blow the debris around the tank. It doesnt elimenate the waist's that it is sposed to. i would go and get a filter that is right for your tank size, for the fish's sake. The way i see it is would you like to swim in your own poop ;)...haha.

Sorry about not being to specific. But what i mean by water stats is a test kid ( preferably MASTER TEST KIT ) which tests for kh, gh, AMMONIA, NITRITE, NITRATE, AND Ph.
Have you cycled the tank? Here is what cycling the tank means in a non confusing way:
Cycling a tank is pretty simple when you brake it down. The point of cycling a tank is so when u put your first fish in they dont die. When the fish poop, it turns into AMMONIA which is VERY toxic and kills the fish. If your going to cycle a tank with fish than get a few zebra danios or platy's/mollie's they are all veyr good starter fish to cycle the tank with. So, the poop it turns into ammonia, and then there needs to be bacterial colonies/bacteria in the tank which eat/consumes the ammonia, which turns into NITRITE, which is toxic to the fish also. The point of cycling the tank is to make bactera colonies to eat the ammonia and nitrite. When that happens, than it turns into NITRATE which is less less less harmful to the fish and you want to maintain it under 40. You know your done cycling the tank when you have 0 AMMONIA, 0 NITRITE, AND UNDER 40 NITRATE. I hope this makes sense I tryed to break it down so it would be easier, because it can be confusing!

I hope this helps you out!

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55 Gallon:1 Baby Bristlienose,1 Swordtail, 1 Bala Shark, 2 Common Pleco, 2 Clown Loaches, 2 angel fish,3 (look a like) rasbora Tetra's, 4 Black Skirt Tetra's, 4 Long-finned Gold Zebra Danios, 4 Cardinal Jumbo Tetra's,6 Red Eye Tetra's, 7 neon tetra's
10 Gallon Nano Reef:1 Chocolate Starfish, many snails...Work is in progress...err
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post #6 of 17 Old 09-11-2006, 09:53 PM
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You should concentrate on the water stats and if the tank is cycled before you get any more fish :D I would avoid neon tetra's for at least 3-6 months. They are 'picky' on there water conditions and will die if in poor water conditions.

55 Gallon:1 Baby Bristlienose,1 Swordtail, 1 Bala Shark, 2 Common Pleco, 2 Clown Loaches, 2 angel fish,3 (look a like) rasbora Tetra's, 4 Black Skirt Tetra's, 4 Long-finned Gold Zebra Danios, 4 Cardinal Jumbo Tetra's,6 Red Eye Tetra's, 7 neon tetra's
10 Gallon Nano Reef:1 Chocolate Starfish, many snails...Work is in progress...err
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post #7 of 17 Old 09-11-2006, 09:56 PM Thread Starter
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WOw thanx so much guys

so helpful ill do all that pronto for no peace

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post #8 of 17 Old 09-11-2006, 09:59 PM
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Yep no problems were all here to help! :) Feel free to ask questions.

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55 Gallon:1 Baby Bristlienose,1 Swordtail, 1 Bala Shark, 2 Common Pleco, 2 Clown Loaches, 2 angel fish,3 (look a like) rasbora Tetra's, 4 Black Skirt Tetra's, 4 Long-finned Gold Zebra Danios, 4 Cardinal Jumbo Tetra's,6 Red Eye Tetra's, 7 neon tetra's
10 Gallon Nano Reef:1 Chocolate Starfish, many snails...Work is in progress...err
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post #9 of 17 Old 09-13-2006, 06:11 PM Thread Starter
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wat should my pH rating be? and is there another way to cycle the tank? or can it only be done with fish
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post #10 of 17 Old 09-13-2006, 06:13 PM
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There's nothing to worry about pH. Your fish will adapt.:D

You can do fishless cycling wherein you put ammonia i the tank. Will post the manual shortly.:)

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