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bex101 03-02-2010 08:42 PM

new tank, betta has velvet and a fat otto
It's been many yrs since I had the tank up and running. The tank has been running for a month, no problems cycling do to "stability" by seachem. The betta belongs to my six yr old and has a very strong personality for a fish. he will go flying to his food ring if you come near the tank and follow you if you're testing the water or looking for another fish. he (while not meanly) chases the tetras or schools with them, knocks the otos off the walls and takes the corys' food when he can, even if it's obvious she doesn't like it. we though the first week he was going to stay mostly in the floating log but he's proven that the tank is his and everyone else is just permitted.

our current issues 1)I figured out, unfortunately after I added the additional fish that, the Betta has velvet. .( treating with copper safe trying to keep the lights off) -
2)Also this week we noticed our female oto is looking rather large.( I would guess eggs but I don't really know) with these two issues going on any helpfull hints would be great
3) we had one major ph dip which we managed to fix by adding a handful of crushed coral to the filter.
4) The other problem is unless we put a bubbler under the heater it seems to drop to 76F. Thinking of moving the heater under the filter so the betta doesnt have to deal with the current of a bubbler. any ideas?
5) is there any good way of feeding tetras? i mix the food with a cup of water and slowly pour it in. about half the time they come for it, the rest of the time the corys get a good meal, if i leave it on top the betta eats it all.

the water parameters being tested with api master kit, and api copper test kits
ammonia - 0
nitrates-0 (for this one i have to use the strips unfortly dont have any drops)
kh- 3.5 dKH ( tap water is untestable so I thank the coral for this)
gh- we have been unable to test this with two different kits. our guess is it's just too low(the strips show it very low)
copper- (used to treat the velvet) 1.5 ppm

Hopefully I can post some pics of the oto, and betta's velvet.

bex101 03-02-2010 10:05 PM

please let me know if this works

You will notice that the arangement of my tank changes often it does not seem to bother the other fish and the betta likes to find new paths threw the tank.

PaperclipGirl 03-02-2010 11:27 PM

Welcome! My daughter's betta is called Jewel - he's a male, but you can't tell her that. Your tank looks great - could you get a picture of the whole thing at one time so I could see the whole set up? Just curious how it looks all together.

As for the velvet and bloating issue - I'm sorry that I can't help you there, but I'm sure someone will come along that could give advice - you might post your questions in the freswater aquarium forum too.

bex101 03-03-2010 06:51 AM

Thanks. Guess It was late and I got a bit lost filling everything out last night. And I know what you mean about the betta being a "girl" My six yr old got him for her bday, I had to correct all my shes to hes when I was typing lol.

willow 03-03-2010 02:10 PM

hello and welcome.
i hope you'll be very happy here.
i'm sure people will be able to help you.
good luck.

iamntbatman 03-04-2010 03:25 AM

Welcome to TFK! I responded to your concerns about your tank in the thread you made in the Freshwater Aquariums section.

bex101 03-04-2010 08:44 AM

Thanks for the welcome it's nice to bounce ideas off people, I have to say reading many many diffrent forums on diffrent sites has saved the tank a couple times arleady:-) .

Here is a pic of the current set up I want to add more rock caves/ledges since the fish like them alot but for now this is it.

PaperclipGirl 03-04-2010 08:47 AM

Wow! Tha is very beautiful! I hope all goes well for your betta and ottos.

bex101 03-04-2010 10:17 AM

It defintly looks better in the pictures then in real life. If only i could make the plastic plants look like that normaly lol.

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