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Conversation Between finnfinnfriend and Hallyx
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  1. Hallyx
    09-01-2013 08:41 AM - permalink
    Hallyx
    You may be feeding a little much. That's the correct conclusion, anyway. Try cutting it in half for a week or two. Won't hurt 'em.
  2. finnfinnfriend
    09-01-2013 08:28 AM - permalink
    finnfinnfriend
    Oh yeah....I run the ATI mini in my 2.5...But I seem to get 10-20 nitrate by the week's end. Am I feeding too much?

    No ammonia or nitrite though. It's cycled.

    Thank you for your help.
  3. Hallyx
    09-01-2013 06:36 AM - permalink
    Hallyx
    I keep my wild Smarigdina in a 2.5g bare-bottom tank. His Hagen Elite mini filter (set on low) has a little added foam, but not much. And just a few Anubias, so no real plant help. I vacuum and change 50% once a week (easy to keep a bare-bottom clean). I get 0.00ppm ammonia and nitrite and ~5.0ppm nitrate every week. One drop/gal Prime with the change just to chelate the heavy metals (My well has no chlorine nor ammonia).

    I would say that any sponge filter, even a small one, is plenty for just a Betta. When I activate my 3.0gals, I run an ATI Mini sponge filter, which is way overkill.

    Thanks for the friend request.
  4. finnfinnfriend
    08-31-2013 07:55 PM - permalink
    finnfinnfriend
    Hello again! A couple of questions if you don't mind...

    I don't like having a substrate in my 2.5 gallon, but would an over-sized sponge filter make up for lack of surface area?

    Also, for one betta alone in a cycled 2.5 gallon, do you recommend once weekly 50% water changes?

    Thanks!
  5. Hallyx
    08-15-2013 11:09 AM - permalink
    Hallyx
    Sorry, fff, no video capabilities. (44k dialup)

    Depends on the fish. Depends on the filter. Depends on the keeper.
  6. finnfinnfriend
    08-14-2013 04:23 PM - permalink
    finnfinnfriend
    Hey Hallyx, is there any way you could show me a video of your sponge filter(s) for your bettas so I can see what the flow looks like?

    Or can a sponge filter never really be too strong for a betta?
  7. finnfinnfriend
    02-19-2013 11:16 PM - permalink
    finnfinnfriend
    Thanks Hallyx!
  8. Hallyx
    02-19-2013 06:00 AM - permalink
    Hallyx
    I'd go with the mini. The one I have has a shorter lower base. The sponge almost sits on the bottom. This gives a longer lift tube for more flow. You can adjust the flow with a $3 valve in the airline.

    amazon.com/ATI-SPONGE-FILTER-LUSTAR-GALLON/dp/B003I5QRWO/ref=sr_1_sc_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1361271150&sr=8-1-spell&keywords=ATI+Hydro+sponge+fikter

    Type in http:/www. to get this link to work.

    Don't forget to get an airstone for deluxe operation.
  9. finnfinnfriend
    02-18-2013 01:00 PM - permalink
    finnfinnfriend
    Okay, so, for my 5 gallon, one betta, gravel, no plamts tank, should I get the hydro mini or hydro 2 sponge filter?
  10. finnfinnfriend
    12-04-2012 12:58 PM - permalink
    finnfinnfriend
    Perfect! That cut-to-size stuff just seems so convenient/cheap so I'm glad I can use it. I don't know when I'm going to make the switch, but when I do I will let you know. Thanks for your help.

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