04-26-2012, 04:35 AM
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Would read where Romad suggested above regarding beginning a new aquarium . answer's to a few of your question's are there.
Cycling a tank can take six to eight weeks.
You have hard water with pH of 8.0, which means neon's,and cardinal's will not do well for long, for they need soft acidic water which you don't have.(according to what's posted)
If mickey fish you speak of is mickey mouse platy ,then it will do fine in hard water, but it does not appreciate temp's much above 76 degree's F,would be more comfortable at 75 degrees F, And your betta willl be happier at warmer temps 78 to 80 degree's which platy would not appreciate.
Mollies would tolerate the warmer water, and also appreciate hard water but they need larger tank than 10 gallons to help curb aggressive tendencie's, and also to allow proper swimming area/room.
Fishes become stressed in water that does not suit them, and are often more sickly as a result.(pH,GH,Temp are important)
Would advise you to keep fish that will do well with the water you have from the tap with respect to hardness and pH, rather than trying to adjust water to suit the fish(should this cross your mind),,
thing's will be much easier.
If the Betta and or other fishes were or are subjected to ammonia or nitrites for more than a few hour's ,then damage to gills has already occured and nothing will fix it.
Fish may survive with good care ,good diet,weekly water changes.
According to your number's ,,nitrites are still present and I would suggest not adding anymore fishes until ammonia,and nitrites read zero all day,,every day, for a week minimum.
There is well documented reason why most expierienced hobbyist's don't place other fishes with Betta's.
Some of these Betta's will tolerate tank mates but many,many,more won't.
Poor tetra's ,,between unsuitable water chemistry,possibly still cycling tank, and possible attacks by Betta would be under considerable stress, and either or scenario's would be detrimental to their chances of living long.
Last edited by 1077; 04-26-2012 at 04:42 AM..