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post #11 of 17 Old 01-15-2010, 04:49 PM Thread Starter
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ok thanks alot guys i'm going to get sand and if i can afford one of the dead tree things(do they like those?). I had a trili one just one and it died :(. i have changed a ton of water already just sucking up the gravel poop and replacing it so it is probably out of the system(i have no filter i trust my snails and java moss[i think that is what it is] to give Oxygen and clean the tank. also do i need to get a filter? i wanted to get a cool live plant for the sand. i have no clue about plants though. Also since I am changing the gravel to sand soon i was wndering... i have a 15-18 gallon recycling bucket that i have washed out i belive to be all the grimy stuff on the bottom and sides should i store the water and fish in it while i change to sand? i need to put them in something the only other option i have is to beg my mom to buy me a changing water tank that is like 10 gallons and i would have to use the recycling container since she got rid of all my 1 gallon buckets i use for all my stuff like growing fry... also my zebra danios are rubbing against my hand and trying to nip it i think while i change the gravel is there a reason for it? am i disturbing something of there's? and does it hurt to get nipped by a fish? it has never happend to me all my swordtails are afraid of everything its funny.

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post #12 of 17 Old 01-18-2010, 02:56 AM
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You should definitely get a filter. Even fish that don't like a lot of current benefit from a little bit of water movement and without a lot of live plants in your tank, a filter is pretty much mandatory in order to establish enough bacteria to deal with the ammonia your fish will produce. You should be able to change the substrate without removing the fish from the tank so I don't think you really need to go out and buy another container.

Fish will nibble at you sometimes, sure. Zebra danios won't hurt at all, obviously, but my jack dempsey once drew blood (it was accidental; he was trying to eat the food I was holding). Depends on the fish.

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post #13 of 17 Old 01-18-2010, 12:17 PM
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my old betta used to love biting people's fingers, it was funny. He jumped out of the water to bite my sister once when she was pointing at him over the water.
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post #14 of 17 Old 01-18-2010, 02:08 PM Thread Starter
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so is there a filter i could get for a circular tank of my betta? and thatnks fr advice but i already changed it look at my freshwater link I have a video up.

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post #15 of 17 Old 01-19-2010, 03:48 AM
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It looks like you already have an undergravel filter. That plastic tube with the air stone at the bottom is (or should be, anyway) connected to a plastic filter plate under your gravel. You hook the airline hose that's coming out of the air stone to an air pump (usually kit tanks like that come with a small air pump). The pump pushes air down the airline tubing and out through the holes in the air stone, which forces water up that plastic tube. This creates a current down through the gravel on the floor of your tank so that the gravel itself acts as biological filter media. A filter like that is likely enough to handle your betta, so I think you're all set.

You do need a heater, though. The thermometer in the betta tank is reading about 68*F which is about ten degrees too cold for a betta.

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post #16 of 17 Old 01-19-2010, 06:40 AM Thread Starter
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i got a heater now just havent taken pics yet(i am getting ready for school now...) thanks for the help

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post #17 of 17 Old 01-28-2010, 06:11 PM Thread Starter
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I was just thinking... Could i get a 10 gallon tank with sand substrate plants and such and put Fudd(my betta) and 5-6 maybe albino cory? what would be suitable?

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