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Emergency: Betta Fins Disappearing FAST!
Old 08-04-2008, 07:10 PM   #11
 
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you sure are moving him around an awful lot. since he's the only fish you have, its safe to say that either tank will suffice for him, but constantly moving from tank to tank is going to do nothing but stress him out. which will accelerate his illness. i say pick a spot and keep him there.
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Old 08-04-2008, 09:38 PM   #12
 
Yes. The cycling one is less than 3 gallons. I asked around and was told to cycle it. (Personally, I don't mind water changes, but I want to do whatever's best.)

As far as moving him is concerned -- I brought him home in a cup. He was put in a one-gallon bowl type thing, until I moved a few weeks later. Then, I moved and transferred him to a bigger container with a UG filter. I never knew about betta fish and water current. It REALLY stressed him out. He is a tail biter and, a few weeks later, he got fin rot. I put him in medicated water in a 5.5 gallon tank, while I decided on what to make his permanent home. (He did NOT seem to like the 5.5 at all.) I bought two of the exact same aquariums. One has a cycling filter and one has no filter. He is in the one without the filter. When he goes in the other one, it will pretty much be the exact same setup he has right now, but with a low flow filter. I don't plan to move him after that, unless he gets too big for the small tank.
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Old 08-04-2008, 09:55 PM   #13
 
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I asked around and was told to cycle it. (Personally, I don't mind water changes, but I want to do whatever's best.)
you do realize that cycling is not an alternative to water changes? you will have to do regular water changes even after your tanks are cycled.
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Old 08-04-2008, 10:03 PM   #14
 
Oh, yes. I meant full water changes as often as I do now. I was told that after the tank is cycled, I should do only partial changes (maybe 25-50%) once/week. I wanted to get more clarification, on that, before moving him.

Right now, I am doing full changes every 1 or (at most) 2 days, because that was how I was told to use this Fungus Eliminator/Methylene Blue treatment. I hate disturbing the poor little guy, but it seems to be helping him. I try to do it as quickly as possible and make sure the water temps are the same and everything is put back as it was when I started.

(*** Note: Though he is a fin/tail biter, he seemed to be getting infections on the areas he was damaging. This was what had me confused. He'd show signs of improvement and then CHOMP! It would start all over again.)
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Old 08-05-2008, 11:20 AM   #15
 
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okay, just making sure. i'm sorry you're havin a hard time with him, and yes, once cycled, you should only need 1 water change per week. between 15-25%.
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Old 08-08-2008, 01:14 PM   #16
 
In case someone checks this post, for reference, I just wanted to send an update.

Cornelius has regrowth!

He also built a HUGE bubble nest overnight (and mini bubble nests all over) and was dancing around the tank today, as if proud and showing it off.

I have to do a water change and I feel bad for breaking up his nests!
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Old 08-08-2008, 01:45 PM   #17
 
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That's great news geekchicklet, I'm glad to hear there's some improvement! :)
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Old 08-08-2008, 02:27 PM   #18
 
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great news!! :D
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