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Conversation Between BETTACHKALOVE and Saphira101
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    09-03-2013 12:12 PM - permalink
    I don't know, for me it really easier to just the change the water . I really think cycling is more work with all water testing, filter swish/rinsing, gravel vacuuming. So i personally don't see anything wrong if you don't cycle even 10 gall. But i don't really like to cycle small tanks though.
    Any way good luck, i hope everything will go well:)
  2. Saphira101
    09-02-2013 07:55 PM - permalink
    I have already read the OldFishLady Water Change Sticky, but thank you. :)

    I'm not sure if I'll cycle the 10 gallons or just do water changes, but I really just want to get them in there. It's possible that I will begin by just doing water changes, but cycle the filters in another tank and then move the media into theirs.
    08-31-2013 11:04 PM - permalink
    One advice, do not keep the water too warm . There is a lot of more chance to have infections in the warmer water . And you probobly know more then me about cycling? But if you going to cycle your 10 gall make sure you swish/rinse the filter media weekly / with the gravel vacuuming. And did you saw Oldfishlady water changes recommendations?
    Or you not going to cycle 10 gall?
    And i do understand that when it busy crazy. Our loved bettas taking as much time as other animals. Some will think it just a fish but its really a lot of time, especially if you have more than one. I have 8 and i am driving crazy. But i still really appreciate that you have rescued them from the store where they are just dying .
    Let me know if you going to cycle the tanks or just water changes. I want to give you Oldfishlady link .
  4. Saphira101
    08-28-2013 11:25 PM - permalink
    CONT. I came home from a rather long trip to find that Merlin (the most recently deceased) had severe dropsy, and it was so far gone that I had to euthanize him.

    I do agree that I need to change something in my fish's care though, and I'm currently working on it. You see, I am a a very busy person, and most of my fish's tanks are quite small. Their water needs to be changed multiple times per week to keep the ammonia down, and sometimes I miss a water change because I am away. I am gathering the supplies for two divided 10 gallons, where I will move my fish. I will therefore only have to change the water once weekly, and I'll definitely be home enough to do that.
    Thanks for your concern. :)
  5. Saphira101
    08-28-2013 11:25 PM - permalink

    That's okay, no offense taken. :) I agree that a lot of my bettas die, and more often than they should. :/

    The longest I've kept a betta so far is about a year. The first betta of mine that died was a petco rescue that had an internal bacterial infection from the start, but I didn't know until it was too late. The second was a 'baby betta', who died of dropsy. I think that it he got it because of cross-contamination though, because my brother's gourami died of the same thing shortly before, and I'd been doing tank maintenance on both his and my tanks, no hand-washing in between. :/ CONT.
    08-28-2013 05:27 PM - permalink
    Hey so sorry for your loss. I see you have many bettas and many died. My bettas live lionger than 2 .5 and i have 3.5 years old betta. How old are your bettas? Just wondering , because if they don't live long then may be there is something you need to change in their care? When i had my first bettas they didn't live long and i was wondering what i am doing wrong. I did change something in their care and it seems they live longer now. Do you need any help or tips on betta care? Sorry i hope i didn't offended you, just want to help:)
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