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post #21 of 25 Old 01-25-2013, 10:57 AM
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The Betta will be better in the tank than in a cup of water. Some floating plants will help a lot. And the green is more likely copper, not limestone which would be white.

If you buy a test lkit, forget the strips which are not as accurate as a liquid test kit. API make good ones, most ofus use them; the MAster Combo is a good investment, it has pH, ammonia, nitrite and nitrate tests.

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post #22 of 25 Old 01-28-2013, 02:46 PM
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Hey mate. Yeah it was a steep learning curve but trust me it gets easier when all the facts and info becomes routine. Can I suggest eBay for getting the test kit. You might be able to pick up a bargain. I know they are about $20 cheaper for me here in Australia.

And as far as bettas go I have absolutely no experience. I'm a tetra fan. But the forum has plenty of experience.

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The Betta will be better in the tank than in a cup of water. Some floating plants will help a lot. And the green is more likely copper, not limestone which would be white.

If you buy a test lkit, forget the strips which are not as accurate as a liquid test kit. API make good ones, most ofus use them; the MAster Combo is a good investment, it has pH, ammonia, nitrite and nitrate tests.
Ok here's where I am: test kit ordered and on the way. 10 gal tank up and running with heater and 4 plants and some jungle brand bacteria starter. I fitted a plastic cup over the filter to decrease the flow for the betta. I have the betta in a 1 gal bowl with a plant and a heater (stuff I had from a while ago). I have been changing the water in the 1 gal daily. He seems happy ( but I'm no expert) and has a gigantic bubble nest. Should I still put him in the 10 gal before its done cycling?
Also, would you recommend snail, shrimp, or otos to go in the 10 gal with the betta? Thanks!!!
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post #24 of 25 Old 01-29-2013, 03:35 PM
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Hey mate, I wouldn't put him in the ten gallon until its cycled. Not sure how sensitive they are. The bubble nest is a good sign as its the precursor to needing a female and mating. I've seen snails do alright in a mates Betta tank so I would go for them. I'm assuming algae control is your concern here. The fish is carnivorous, but I don't see why shrimp wouldn't work so long as they have plenty of cover and well they might breed given the right conditions and provide a alternate food supply for you. Red cherry shrimp would be the best as they breed real quick given the right conditions and look cool. Just put some java moss in the tank for them.
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post #25 of 25 Old 01-29-2013, 06:23 PM
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Plants were mentioned, so I would add the Betta with live plants in the 10g. These will eliminate the "cycle" effects.

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