Hi OFL. Im marshall, newbie on this thread. I have a sick betta and really need your advise on how to let my betta regain his liveliness.
Could u take a look at my thread(Betta can't swim) and advise me on how i should handle this persistent virus? Thanks in advance!
What I mean by that....in the experiments I conducted-ammonia levels didn't rise as fast in the smaller unfiltered, unplanted tanks...it varied some based on diet-more due to quality of food than amount fed...no need to change more water then is needed-more due to antibody development and stress
Even though ammonia levels don't rise or you don't detect it on the water test...you still have DOC's that are harmful as well and water changes are needed for that and why I recommend at least 2 water changes in 1g-4g tanks..live plants can make a difference too-as long as they are actively growing, enough of them and the right species...not all plants do the same thing in regard to filtering the water
I noticed a post by you stating "bettas don't produce ammonia like you think they do".
Okay, this intrigues me. My two bettas are in 2.5 gallons, my male has anacharis and java moss, my baby female no live plants. On accident I left them for 2 weeks without a water change, and they were both happy and fine. This past week I haven't done one, either, and the ammonia levels still aren't affecting them.
Are these the results you were concluding as well? After seeing how little affected they are I am considering dropping down to (2) 50% a week and a 100% every 2 weeks. (They eat all their food, and I siphon up all their waste during partial water changes.)
I would also invest in a python type siphon system too-if you don't already have one....you might need to make more than a weekly water change with higher volume and adding a second filter of some type might be a good idea too....messy eater...it seems like they blow half the food out the gills...lol....and it goes everywhere...laffs....
Thanks OFL, I heard varying opinions that Oscars need a 55 or a 75, I was just wondering your opinion :). If this does happen, I was going to use whatever filter it comes with, or buy a new, more powerful, filter, along with a heater( the tank has, or had, goldfish) and I was going to do weekly 50%. Thanks!