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  1. Oldfishlady
    12-05-2012 11:54 AM - permalink
    Its not uncommon to have that in your source water-so I suspect you are doing the test correct. You can go to your city water web-site and see if their number are close to what you are getting. I wouldn't worry about the pH changes since it most likely is due to normal degassing-the gradual changes are generally tolerated.
    One of the best water testers is the fish and your power of observation.
  2. Oldfishlady
    12-04-2012 09:57 AM - permalink
    What are the results of the source water-with and without your regular additives for-ammonia, nitrite, nitrate and pH. Be sure and shake the heck out of the #2 nitrate reagent-it tends to settle and will cause skewed results. Also, what is the nitrate on the tank.
  3. Oldfishlady
    12-03-2012 03:09 PM - permalink
    It is important to follow the directions to the "T" with the test products to get accurate results-especially on the reading results time-line. Its also a good idea to get a base line on your source water-both with and without the additives. This will help you rule out false or skewed results related to the additives used-since some of these products can cause changes.
  4. LittleBlueFishlets
    12-03-2012 12:23 AM - permalink
    Sounds like you made a good decision on the heater. (I should had gotten adjustable ones, but, oh well. I'll know for next time. But mine do seem to keep the water temp consistent, though.)

    I don't see any specific signs that something is "wrong" with my newbie. Maybe he's just exhausted from all the stuff that's happened to him, and needs to adjust to the physical environment. So I'm just keeping an eye on him. Like you said, sit and wait!
  5. LittleBlueFishlets
    12-03-2012 12:07 AM - permalink
    "Newbie" has been hiding and sleeping all day. He does move around occasionally, at least. (He hides under his heater, or in a rock shelter, or he floats on the surface in a silk plant.) And he DID come out when I dropped his food pellets in, so at least he's eating. I figure if he's interested in food, then it can't be all bad. He really looks like a wilted lettuce leaf though. He's all clamped up and pitiful looking. *Sigh* Poor little guy. Hope he adapts soon. (But at least I'm not freaking out today, like I was yesterday!).... How's the new heater?
  6. LittleBlueFishlets
    12-01-2012 11:42 PM - permalink
    The only thing I don't like about bettas is that you can't put more than one in a tank! (Well, I guess there could be, with a sorority. But I'm definitely not ready for that!)
  7. LittleBlueFishlets
    12-01-2012 11:05 PM - permalink
    I probably should have gotten adjustable heaters, especially since I now have three of them. But, oh well. LOL I'll look at the tails & colors sticky. I need to get some better pictures of him, too. Right now, he's still stressed out, so I'm trying to leave him alone as much as I can. (Although I do keep peeking over at him. LOL)

    Glad to hear that your guy is taking the new heater in stride. I think they're pretty sturdy fish. (Which is a good thing!)
  8. LittleBlueFishlets
    12-01-2012 10:44 PM - permalink
    Yep, this site has LOTS of information and LOTS of really helpful people. Of course, I've now spent a small fortune on bettas and accessories because of it. LOL What type of heater did you get, and for what sized tank? Mine are all 7.5 to 8 watts, because I use the 3 gallon critter keepers. They're not adjustable, but they seem to keep the water temp pretty much at 78-79F.... If I ever need to raise the temp to fend off disease, I'll have to get a new one, I guess. But in the meantime, these work OK.
  9. LittleBlueFishlets
    12-01-2012 02:09 PM - permalink
    OK, I think we're both done freaking out now. He's exhibiting more 'normal' new-fish behavior where he's not sure about anything. So I figure that's OK. I even took a few (blurry) pictures of him and started an album. ( I know he's a HM, but I don't know what to call his color pattern other than 'blue with red.')
  10. LittleBlueFishlets
    11-30-2012 09:40 PM - permalink
    Thank you again! I think both my fish and I have been stressed out ever since that employee refilled his cup in that fish tank! Hopefully, we'll both calm down soon. LOL

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