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Old 03-24-2008, 05:51 PM   #21
 
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when you get back with everything make sure you rinse the gravel really well til it rinses clean (this is another time a 5 gallon bucket comes in handy). That way your tank won't get all cloudy when you fill it up. Add the gravel, plants and whatever decor to the tank. Install your filter (make sure to rinse the carbon filter before you install it into the filter) and heater (set the heater to the temp you want before you put it in the tank, 78-79F should be good for a Betta) but don't plug them in yet. Fill the tank with water and add the water conditioner (I use AquaSafe). Make sure you read the directions for how much conditioner to add. Let your heater acclimate to the water temp for about 15 minutes before you plug it in. Turn on your filter and heater and let it run for 1-2 days before adding your Betta. Since the tank won't be cycled you'll have to keep an eye on the ammonia and nitrite levels. This is where your liquid test kits come in use. When the ammonia or nitrites get too high then you'll need to do a water change.
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Old 03-24-2008, 06:44 PM   #22
 
Is there any real damage that can be done when you don't rinse your new gravel?
I didn't because there was just way too much.
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Old 03-24-2008, 07:03 PM   #23
 
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I don't think that it's harmful to the fish. It's just unpleasant to look at and your filter gets gunked up quicker.
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Old 03-24-2008, 08:05 PM   #24
 
Phew.
I'm sure after awhile though it'll eventually clear if you do gravel stirs.
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Old 03-24-2008, 10:34 PM   #25
 
Okay guys, I'm back.

I bought everything. I was very pleased to see that the things I picked out were the same or very similar to what Jeaninel posted.

I just finished washing the gravel. Pouring in the water. Setting up the thermometer and heater, and installing the filter, and adding all the silk plants and hiding spots.

One thing I was curious about was Incandescent lightbulbs. It came with two of them. Incandescent bulbs won't heat up the tank like other bulbs, right?

Also, the Betta is still in bad shape sitting in his 1/2 gallon tank. Since I just finished setting it up, how long should I wait to put him in? I really don't want to wait a few days as I fear he will die in that time.

Also, about testing the water. I bought an expensive $45 liquid test kit. It has everything I need, and then some. I just tested the pH of my tap water (out of the faucet, not the tank) and it said that the pH was 7.8. Is this good, or bad? I need to know proper ammonia, nitrate and nitrite levels too, for a single betta, that way I can test the tank's water and watch it more fully.

Thanks for your continued help guys.
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Old 03-24-2008, 11:20 PM   #26
 
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One thing I was curious about was Incandescent lightbulbs. It came with two of them. Incandescent bulbs won't heat up the tank like other bulbs, right?
Actually incandescent will heat up your tank. I bought replacement fluorescent ones at Walmart that fit into my hood. They were 15 watt compact fluorescents at $5 each (in the fish dept).

If your worried about your Betta go ahead and put him in the tank tomorrow. Just make sure the tank is up to temp. Make sure to acclimate him first. Ph 7.8 should be ok. It's better to have a stable Ph rather than playing around with it. As for testing your water you should probably test it every day or every other day while it's cycling. You'll see an ammonia spike first, then nitrites. When both of these drop to 0 and you have some nitrates then your cycled. But this may take 2-6 weeks. You'll have to do frequent small water changes to keep the ammonia and nitrites at a bearable level.

Hang in there and be sure to keep us posted how you and your Betta are doing. Would love to see some pics once you get everything settled in. :D
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Old 03-24-2008, 11:38 PM   #27
 
I went ahead and put him in the tank now. The tank had a while to itself to filter and for the conditioner to mix in so I think it'll be okay. At least better than that little tank.

The water temperature is perfect. He already seems more active. I want to wait to feed him anything (I bought pellets and blood worms, also have flakes) till he's even more active.

I think I'll test the levels in the tank tomorrow afternoon, too. Should I wait to change any water out until the day after tomorrow?

That sound good?

Also, thanks alot for the heads up about the incandescent bulbs. I'm new to the different types. I just know to change them, heh.

Oh, and a little math question I can't quite seem to figure out (my mind is going through a hundred things at once after getting this all set up):
The water conditioner I bought says that I should add 1 tsp. for every 10 gallons of water. I have a 10 gallon tank. I plan on changing 3 gallons of the water every other day. How much conditioner would I need to add to the bucket of water that is going into my tank?

If the levels of water is off, please tell me what an ideal amount to change out is (in gallons), thanks.
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Old 03-25-2008, 01:13 AM   #28
 
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3 gallon change sounds good...that's 30%. Hmmm...that would be 1/3 teaspoon but I don't know that they make that size measuring spoon. What I do is mix up a 5 gallon bucket of change water so I add 1/2 teaspoon of the conditioner (Aquasafe). Then, if I don't use the whole 5 gallons I have some ready for my next change although with the two tanks I always use all the water plus a few buckets more! lol (Gotta get me a python).
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Old 03-25-2008, 01:22 AM   #29
 
Awesome, great idea. I didn't think of that at all.

The betta still doesn't seem to be doing well. He is a bit more active. He has dived to the bottom of the tank a couple times, and has found at least one nice dark cave that he stayed in for a while. But now he's back to floating at the top. He isn't upside down or lopsided, but hes just in a corner at the very top.

Will he get better, you think? The temperature of the water is just below 80 degrees.
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Old 03-25-2008, 05:14 AM   #30
 
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Maybe just tired or a bit stressed from the move? Just keep an eye on him.
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