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post #11 of 20 Old 02-04-2009, 02:49 PM
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hi J-Jo
follow the link that Tyyrlym offered you.
there you should find all the information you need,however if you don't understand
any of it,just ask :)
also a couple of other things,please forgive me if you have done this already,
it's just you have not mentioned them.
heating the water...what is your heater set at ?
and what dechlorinator are you using when you put water in the tank ?
you will probably find no readings in the water until you begin your cycle.

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
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post #12 of 20 Old 02-04-2009, 05:30 PM Thread Starter
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my heater is on 75 and i use start right water conditioner and my tests showed nitrites and nitrates are 0 ph is 6.0 and ammonia is .50. I really appreciate all your help I just want to save gomer pyle!lol
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post #13 of 20 Old 02-04-2009, 06:21 PM
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Bettas should be kept at temps of 78-80. Can you raise the tank temp up for Gomer??

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post #14 of 20 Old 02-04-2009, 06:28 PM
Good luck with Gomer. :)
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post #15 of 20 Old 02-04-2009, 06:33 PM Thread Starter
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ok the temperature is raised. so here is my question again.lol I dont want to take hime back to the store and cant flush him or anything would he be ok if i set up a 10 gal. tank and done the fishless cyle and planted it would he be ok in there?
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post #16 of 20 Old 02-04-2009, 06:36 PM
He would do great in a 10 gallon planted tank as long as its cycled.:) He would love all the room to swim around and there is lots of room for decorations if you want them.
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post #17 of 20 Old 02-05-2009, 06:38 AM
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Don't trust the dial on the heater. Get a glass thermometer with a suction cup. They cost about three bucks. Stick it in your tank and get your temp from that. Move the dial up or down depending on what temp you're shooting for, about 80 for a betta is good. The dials on even the best heaters are totally unreliable.

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post #18 of 20 Old 02-08-2009, 02:45 PM Thread Starter
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hey everyone thanks for your help. i went back to the same petstore today but just to get a couple of things not for advice. i got a better heater, a thermomete, and betta food.the guy remebered me and asked what i had moved the betta to and i told him nothing he was still in the 35 gal. he looked at me and told me that i was causing stress to the fish and was just killing it slowly. that bettas are bred for small tanks!!
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post #19 of 20 Old 02-08-2009, 04:13 PM
I don't think that there is such a thing as a tank being too big for a betta. 5 and 10 gallons is what people usually put them in . They do fine in any size tank as long as they are taken care of properly.
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post #20 of 20 Old 02-09-2009, 12:19 PM
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Ask him what is happening to the wild bettas living in tens of thousands of gallons of water in rice paddies ditches, canals, and such. Bettas are no more bred to live in tiny tanks than people are to live in cubicles.

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