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Joel918 12-24-2008 09:50 AM

Betta Help and Tank Cycling
Hey I i'm a new to fish and I have a beta in about a hafl gallon tank. A couple months back I got a 55 gallon fish tank yesterday we set it up and it works fine we put in the water conditioner how long does water have to filter the water through before fish can go in

Joel918 12-24-2008 09:56 AM

Hey I have one more problem my beta is dying and local fish owners and sellers say I need to put him in a biggert tank so I need help!! Please help I'm in need!

Tyyrlym 12-24-2008 12:00 PM

Moved these to their own thread.

Tyyrlym 12-24-2008 12:06 PM

Well first off running water through the filter does nothing to get it ready for fish. What makes a filter work are bacteria and those have to grow in the tank. They can't grow until they have something to eat. Read up on this:

The betta is probably doing poor in that tiny tank. How often do you change his water?

More later but I'm pressed for time.

iamntbatman 12-24-2008 01:27 PM

In that small tank you need to be doing something like a 50% water change every other day or more. Improving water quality is essential to getting him back on track to a healthy life.

Joel918 12-24-2008 02:50 PM

Thanks for the tips hope he'll get better. thanks again

Joel918 12-24-2008 02:52 PM

I change the water often and get it about 70 degrees

dramaqueen 12-24-2008 03:09 PM

Bettas need a temperature of 78 to 80 degrees. I think it's suffering from both poor water quality and cold temperatures.

habitual 12-24-2008 03:16 PM

(off-Topic) i have a mature tank "cycled" and im running my new tank, am i going to wait for long weeks/month to wait for my new tank to mature again? or can i put the medias in old ohf to the new one to have some bacteria in my new tank. thanks.

iamntbatman 12-24-2008 08:27 PM

You can use substrate, decorations, and especially filter media from an established tank to introduce beneficial bacteria to a new tank to help it cycle faster.

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