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post #31 of 64 Old 03-25-2008, 01:48 PM Thread Starter
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Hes doing pretty good I suppose. He's moving around quite a bit, but not eating anything. He also looks like he doesn't know how to swim very well? Maybe it's from being in a stupid small bowl/tank for weeks/months. I dunno.

It also looks as if he has trouble staying in a lower part of the tank. He'll float up (tail first) to the surface, and stay there for a while. What could this be?
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post #32 of 64 Old 03-25-2008, 06:03 PM Thread Starter
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Update!

The fish seems to be doing much better. He's swimming around alot more now, and exploring his new hiding places. He still will not eat though...

I just tested the water, and would like to know where to go from here. I haven't changed out any water since I set up the tank yesterday afternoon.

The parameters are:

Ammonia - 0.25
nitrite - 0
nitrate - 20
pH - 8.0
Temperature - 78 F

I am using a Red Sea brand Marine Land liquid test kit. I can post some of the instructions from the kit if needed. Here is the link: http://www.petco.com/product/6242/Re...-Test-Kit.aspx

I plan to keep a log on the water parameters each day and post them here until I learn how to do this properly (I'm very, very new to all this.)

Thanks for any help.
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post #33 of 64 Old 03-26-2008, 12:28 AM Thread Starter
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I successfully changed out 25% of the tank's water about 2 hours ago.

How long should I wait to change it out again? Tomorrow evening?
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post #34 of 64 Old 03-26-2008, 03:04 AM
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to much!

Your changing the water much to often...
You're supposed to be changing it 25-50% ONCE a week IMO but alot of other people say that too.
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post #35 of 64 Old 03-26-2008, 06:16 AM
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He's cycling with a fish so he needs to do it more, as it says earlier on in this topic posting.

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post #36 of 64 Old 03-26-2008, 12:10 PM
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That's right. When your cycling with fish you'll need to do more frequent small water changes. Keep testing your water everyday and do water changes every couple days.
Did you test your tap water? I'm curious as to why you have nitrates already. These usually show up at the end of your cycle unless they are already present in your tap water.

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post #37 of 64 Old 03-26-2008, 01:14 PM Thread Starter
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I woke up this morning to about 20 pellets floating in the tank. Someone else in my household must have fed him against my will. I fished out all the pellets, but the water looks somewhat cloudy.

Also, I just tested for Nitrates in my tap water. The reading was:

Nitrates: 20

Same as my tank's water.

Good thing/Bad thing?

I'll be testing the tank's water again to make sure the ammonia isn't high. If it's hovering around 0.25 again, should I do another 25% change? Or just leave it until tomorrow?
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post #38 of 64 Old 03-26-2008, 02:20 PM Thread Starter
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OK, here are the parameters for day 2:

Ammonia - 0.25 (I did a water change 25% yesterday afternoon)
Nitrite - .01 (This is new.)
Nitrate - 20 (My tap water comes with the same amount of Nitrates)

What should I do from here?

Thanks a lot guys.
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post #39 of 64 Old 03-26-2008, 03:43 PM
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Hmm...Nitrates in the tap water is not good. I don't have this problem but there are some on this forum who do. I think you can use RO (reverse osmosis) or bottled water for water changes? But having to buy bottled water all the time would be a pain not to mention $$$.

Anyone with this problem have any input?

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post #40 of 64 Old 03-27-2008, 12:45 AM
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I just want to say: Great Job Togiran!... you are doing whatever u can to help these beautiful creatures! when I first got my betta... i always thought u just add water and change it, feed it, and all that... but after my fifth one died (I'm SORRY!!!!) I began to extend my research, and learned bout tank size, filters, heaters, foods, ammonia, nitrates, etc... I have 3 and 2 of them are in a 2 gal... I just RECENTLY (like 2 hrs ago) started to cycle my 14 gal tank, and unfortuanately, I do not have the test kit to test the ammonia/ nitrate in the tank. I've been reading ur posts and its helped me alot! thanks alot, and good luck! :) wish me luck too... I'm new to this whole large tank/ filters thing... having fishes is alot more complicated (and expensive) then I initially thought, hahha
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