(ok so i accidently posted this in the meet the community section the other night. maybe ill get more suggestions here thanks!)
It's been many yrs since I had the tank up and running. The tank has been running for a month, no problems cycling do to "stability" by seachem. The betta belongs to my six yr old and has a very strong personality for a fish. he will go flying to his food ring if you come near the tank and follow you if you're testing the water or looking for another fish. he (while not meanly) chases the tetras or schools with them, knocks the otos off the walls and takes the corys' food when he can, even if it's obvious she doesn't like it. we though the first week he was going to stay mostly in the floating log but he's proven that the tank is his and everyone else is just permitted.
our current issues 1)I figured out, unfortunately after I added the additional fish that, the Betta has velvet. .( treating with copper safe trying to keep the lights off) -
2)Also this week we noticed our female oto is looking rather large.( I would guess eggs but I don't really know) with these two issues going on any helpfull hints would be great
3) we had one major ph dip which we managed to fix by adding a handful of crushed coral to the filter.
4) The other problem is unless we put a bubbler under the heater it seems to drop to 76F. Thinking of moving the heater under the filter so the betta doesnt have to deal with the current of a bubbler. any ideas?
5) is there any good way of feeding tetras? i mix the food with a cup of water and slowly pour it in. about half the time they come for it, the rest of the time the corys get a good meal, if i leave it on top the betta eats it all.
the water parameters being tested with api master kit, and api copper test kits
ammonia - 0
nitrates-0 (for this one i have to use the strips unfortly dont have any drops)
kh- 3.5 dKH ( tap water is untestable so I thank the coral for this)
gh- we have been unable to test this with two different kits. our guess is it's just too low(the strips show it very low)
copper- (used to treat the velvet) 1.5 ppm
Hopefully I can post some pics of the oto, and betta's velvet.