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post #11 of 26 Old 02-18-2014, 01:41 PM
You are a youngster, I'm 83 years young.

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post #12 of 26 Old 02-18-2014, 03:47 PM Thread Starter
First......last night I put the Floating Betta Log in, but took it out b/c it looked like it took up too much room. Heck, I don't know. Anyway, this "little ol' Betta" looked pretty bored this afternoon, so I put it back in.

Don't know if he has to get use to it or what! Most of the time when I look at the aquarium, from the living room, I don't even see him and have to go over and look for him! Heck, seems like I'm MORE active than he is!! LOL Have a swim-thru rock décor and he hasn't, that I've seen, used that either! Heck, I THOUGHT Betta's were more active than this I wanted an OUTGOING Betta, like my personality!! Again, LOL

Starting to wonder about leaving the Betta Grass Pad in or not

[B]Am, I being to darn impatient or what

Anyway, just ran a "perimeters" test with the API Strips........(Master Kit is coming) and these were my readings:
0.5 Nitrite
0 Nitrate
0 Ammonia
7.5 pH

How's it look? Darn, we sure wish we were better at knowing how to read "perimeters"/what they mean than we are, but....
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post #13 of 26 Old 02-18-2014, 03:49 PM Thread Starter
Wife and I are getting there fast enough! Heck, I start getting Medicare the middle of this year........due to that, I KNOW I'm getting older!!

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post #14 of 26 Old 02-18-2014, 03:52 PM
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You're on your way to cycled! Ammonia is produced by the fish which is converted to nitrites which get converted to nitrates. You change the water when your nitrates are 20ppm. A cycled tank will have no ammonia or nitrites.
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post #15 of 26 Old 02-18-2014, 03:53 PM
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Oh and give him time. (: he's gotta get used to his new home.
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post #16 of 26 Old 02-18-2014, 04:13 PM Thread Starter
Well, this is just plain GREAT to hear............"you're on you're way to cycled!" Yipppeeeeee!!


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You're on your way to cycled! Ammonia is produced by the fish which is converted to nitrites which get converted to nitrates. You change the water when your nitrates are 20ppm. A cycled tank will have no ammonia or nitrites.
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post #17 of 26 Old 02-18-2014, 04:15 PM Thread Starter
Yea, I know. I just thought he'd be swimming up and waving a fin at me! You know, like the seal's do at SeaWorld! Am I expecting too much?

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Oh and give him time. (: he's gotta get used to his new home.
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post #18 of 26 Old 02-18-2014, 06:56 PM
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Betta vary in personality. Your fish is new and still getting used to his new environment. It'll be a few weeks before you'll know what kind of personality he has.

Parameters are those variables that we measure to assess the quality of the water. They include (but are not limited to) ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, pH , GH, KH, phosphate, DOC, TDS, etc.

I'm not sure how accurate your test strips are (some are better than others), but if your nitrite doesn't go down by tomorrow, I'd suggest a 50% water change to reduce them.

Prime by Seachem is a preferred water conditioner. New Life Spectrum Betta pellets or Omega One Betta Buffet are the best staple food.

If you haven't read this yet:
http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/b...h-care-232570/

Looking forward to pictures of your fish. Welcome to the forum .....kids.
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post #19 of 26 Old 02-25-2014, 02:59 PM Thread Starter
Update:

The cycling is coming right along. We bought the API Master Water test kit last weekend. Will use the rest of the API Strips (less than 10 now).

Next Monday (March 3rd) will be 2 weeks that Stormy and the TSS have been in the tank. I will do a gravel vacuum w/20% WC w/ 2 or 3 eye dropper drops of Prime. Have a 1 gallon container, w/room-temperature water in it, that I will use with the Prime. Later, if I need to do a bigger water change, I have a clean/new bucket for that!. At the time of the WC, will take out the Grass Pad, that he doesn't use, and put in a small plant we bought last weekend. If the plant is dead/black leaves, will get a Medium size Narrow Leaf java fern and put in. The small plant was on sale for $2, so no loss.

Put the Floating Betta Log back in and he is using it! He actually sleeps in it......wife and I have seen him! So, the Log will stay. Later, we are thinking very seriously about putting 1 or 2 ghost shrimp in with him for clean-up purposes.

Last weekend, we bought Frozen Bloodworms for him. We have/will only give him a small piece as a treat every couple of days. Tomorrow is his "fasting" day......nothing to eat.

He seems VERY happy and comes to the small plastic "feeding" lid when he sees me open it.

BWT, we had to turn off the Aqueon 10w Mini Heater, b/c it was making the water too warm during the day with it being 80 degrees outside and the aquarium light on for plants. We shut it off when the thermometer inside read between 84 and 86 degrees! Nighttime temperature has been between 78 and 80 in the tank. Will get a better (adjustable) heater later along w/a better/10W aquarium light.
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post #20 of 26 Old 02-25-2014, 07:02 PM
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Very good idea to get a reliable heater.

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