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post #21 of 26 Old 02-26-2014, 09:24 AM
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If your tank is staying between 78-80 at night without a heater you don't need one.
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post #22 of 26 Old 03-03-2014, 10:43 AM Thread Starter
Our tank is cycled , as the water parameters are saying. This was done w/Prime, TSS, our betta (Stormy) and no W/C for two weeks. The two weeks was told to us by Tetra company. Doing water testing during those two weeks, nothing showed that we required a W/C.

Now, either today or tomorrow we will do a gravel vac, up to a 25% W/C with Prime, add a small Java Fern and remove the Grass Pad and Aqueon Mini Heater. Have not had to turn it on since turning it off over a week ago.

After the W/C, we will get a couple of Ghost Shrimp for bottom cleaning.

Got Stormy some Frozen Bloodworm and Frozen Brine Shrimp. Are changing the pellets we have (Tetra brand) to the Hikari Betta Bio-Gold Pellets. He doesn't seem to like the Tetra brand anymore.
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post #23 of 26 Old 03-03-2014, 12:57 PM
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The best quality pellets are New Life Spectrum Betta formula and Omega One Betta Buffet. More meat, less filler.

And it's OK to leave the heater in just in case your room goes down below76*. And it doesn't cost anything to run.

Yummm....brine shrimp.
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post #24 of 26 Old 03-03-2014, 02:38 PM Thread Starter
Well, Hikari Betta Pellets are excellent as well and many people feed them. All reviews are 4 Stars w/Petco. We'll see and report back.

As far as the heater goes, will take it out.........don't want algae all over it and see not reason to leave it in. Our apt has been at 75 w/the aquarium thermometer reading 78. Our filtration motor creates warmth in the water. It sits right over the top of the aquarium. We just don't need it inside the aquarium.

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The best quality pellets are New Life Spectrum Betta formula and Omega One Betta Buffet. More meat, less filler.

And it's OK to leave the heater in just in case your room goes down below76*. And it doesn't cost anything to run.

Yummm....brine shrimp.
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post #25 of 26 Old 03-03-2014, 02:54 PM
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Even when you're using TSS, you can still use as a guide this One-Sentence Cycling Tutorial:

Change half of the water whenever ammonia or nitrite rises above 0.25ppm, or weekly, whichever comes first using Prime @ 2-drops/gal, and 1-drop/gal daily until cycled.

When using TSS, that should be real soon.
Hallyx, I want to ask a question at this point. Last week I did a 20% water change and got a reading of zero for Ammonia, Nitrite and Nitrate. But this week there is a reading of .25 for Ammonia and .10 for Nitrate. YOu mentioned in the above to change 1/2 and add .... until the tank is cycled. My question is this, Once the tank is fully cycled will it continue to read zero for the 3 readings? If some ammonia does show up, does it mean to just change some of the water? I guess my actual question is How does one know when the tank is fully cycled? Thanks, Kevin I am new to the hobby
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post #26 of 26 Old 03-03-2014, 03:38 PM
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If your tank is cycled and properly stocked you will never show ammonia or nitrites only nitrates. I suggest making your own thread regarding this, however.
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