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Old 04-05-2008, 10:29 PM   #51
 
Hey guys. I took some pictures of my tank and fish. Please deal with the quality, though. I'm still learning the odds and ends of this camcorder/camera. Also, the snail is hiding in the log on the right side. I'll upload an image of him later tonight when he's out and about.


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Old 04-05-2008, 10:34 PM   #52
 
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Looks great. Your Betta must be very happy in there. :D
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Old 04-05-2008, 10:52 PM   #53
 
Nice tank. Your betta is happy, no doubt. I keep mine in a 10 gallon as well, but not as nicely decorated as yours.....I used to keep him in my 60 gallon Discus tank, but he was the king and let everyone else know it...so I took him out to keep my discus happy. He was nice for about 6 months, then changed his attitude.

I also hate the whole "betta tank" thing in stores...so many types. A coworker has two on his desk in 1/2 gallon vases....I have told him about 10 times that sucks for them....even keep my eye out for a 5 gallon on CL to buy him...he can put a opaque divider in it or something...at least they will have 2 1/2 gallons each...they just sit there now....doing nothing every day....

In fact, today I saw one that was 1/2 gallon that came with gravel, light even a tiny HOB filter!!! Must have been rated at a cup an hour.... $20.

Just because they can live in a small space doesn't mean they like it....we keep our prisoners in a 3x6 cell, doesn't mean I want to rent one for myself....

Anyway, good job recognizing his needs and giving it to him....
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Old 04-05-2008, 11:00 PM   #54
 
Thanks for the great comments guys.

I hope he keeps on thriving. I've been changing the water every other day (25%), and I hope the Nitrates are getting better thanks to my new plant (which is growing alot already.)

One problem though, he doesn't eat pellets anymore, but he'll eat blood worms just fine. Anyone have suggestions? He still won't eat flakes, either.

I occasionally give my snail 1/4th of an Algae Wafer, he loves those things. He'll snack on one all night. I just vacuum out the leftovers during a water change. Thankfully, they don't get the tank messy at all (Hikari brand).
Any suggestions on what else I can feed him?

Since I've had this tank for a while now, can anyone tell me the best way to tell if my tank has cycled yet? Just curious. I plan to keep up the 25% water changes every other day.
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Old 04-06-2008, 01:02 AM   #55
 
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Sounds like your betta may have gotten a little spoiled on the bloodworms. Try not feeding them to him for a while and maybe he'll get hungry enough to eat the pellets again. Maybe try another brand?

You'll know your tank is cycled when you have 0 ammonia and 0 nitrites and some nitrates and it stays that way for at least a week.
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Old 04-06-2008, 06:29 AM   #56
 
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Yeah, you don't want him getting bloated, I'd actually go ahead and feed him a pea just to keep that from happening if he's only been eating the bloodworms.

Your tank looks great and your tap water will probably keep that plant growing like a weed.
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Old 04-14-2008, 07:42 PM   #57
 
Update!

Hey guys. It's been a while.

My Betta is doing great. He has some fin growth going on too. His new transparent fin tips are turning red finally, so I hope that's a sign of him being healthy as can be.

I changed his pellets to something else, since he was being stubborn by only eating blood worms. I'm now using the Hikari brand pellets (the ones that come in the weird package). He absolutely LOVES them. He ate them up quicker than the blood worms. I was so happy. I also got him to eat a whole pea the other day. He really loved it, though it did put some temporary floaty matter inside the tank.

Also, I was thinking about adding about 5 of those little blue Neons. I have loved them ever since I was a kid. What do you guys think about that? Will the rip my betta to shreds? Can they live in the same conditions? Is 5 of them too many?

Something is troubling me too. I recently noticed some kind of strange brown colored mold all over the silk plant's leaves. It's on all the silk leaves in the tank. I took a picture. Here it is:



Thanks for any help guys.
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Old 04-14-2008, 07:51 PM   #58
 
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Diatom algae. It will clear itself up after a while.

I wouldn't have neons...maybe a group of cories?
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Old 04-14-2008, 08:53 PM   #59
 
Cories? Am I looking at the "catfish" ones? Or is there some other kind?

It says they are a bottom feeder, so I suppose that's great.
Will they harm my Mystery Snail?

What is wrong with Neons by the way?

Can I have more than one Cory? Keep in mind, my tank is a 10 gallon. Maybe you can recommend me some other fish too?

Thanks.
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Old 04-14-2008, 09:45 PM   #60
 
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i read ur whole post from page 1 great story there is one kind of thing you can add with your betta that is actually really cool and that would be a few african dwarf frogs. they are really neat and live totally underwater.
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