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Help! D= I got my water tested and the ammonia was sky high

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Help! D= I got my water tested and the ammonia was sky high
Old 10-03-2010, 07:17 AM   #11
 
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I would have asked at the fish store for some "already cycled media from one of their tanks" Some stores will give it too you.

You can get an instant cycle or at least a big jump start on one that way,
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Old 10-03-2010, 10:05 AM   #12
 
That would have been a good idea.
Unfortunately I can't go back to the shop for at least two weeks.

Bleh.

On a more cheerful topic, how big a tank would one need to house a betta & some algae eaters of some kind? =) & if you had enough plants is it true you could do without a filter?
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Old 10-03-2010, 10:19 AM   #13
 
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I'd say 10 gallons. Aunt Kymmie has a betta and some otos in a 6 gallon, I think, but you'd generally need plenty of room so they can keep out of each other's way. And, it would depend on the betta. Some bettas don't want "friends" no matter how big the tank....
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Old 10-03-2010, 05:35 PM   #14
 
ummm the fish were all literally not leaving the surface for several minutes, their mouths are up ,presumably trying to breathe.

I am about to do a massive water change but I've already done several over the past two days so surely it should be getting better? D=

Idrk know what to do. ='(
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Old 10-03-2010, 05:59 PM   #15
 
In the process of another 50% water change.
They're not gasping for air anymore thankfully. =/
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Old 10-04-2010, 06:00 AM   #16
 
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or you could use carbon.
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Old 10-04-2010, 02:01 PM   #17
 
I think it's possibly the buckets causing the problem.
I noticed a slightly oily layer on top of the water in the bucket I'd left over night.
How I am supposed to change the water without a bucket I do not know.. =/
I have a 2 litre jug but that's it!

carbon?
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Old 10-04-2010, 05:14 PM   #18
 
get a new bucket? I have one dedicated to JUST water changes to avoid crap getting into my tank. They're only a couple of bucks.

As for a betta, i used to keep mine in a 5g with a apple snail that helped eat some algae and leftover food. You can do no filter but change the water often. I think you need a soil substrate set-up to really reduce water changes. I think you need to change the water at some point for all set-ups.
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Old 10-04-2010, 06:43 PM   #19
 
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active carbon and zeolite help take out ammonia, heavy metals and med residues in the tank
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Old 10-05-2010, 01:04 AM   #20
 
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I'd say 10 gallons. Aunt Kymmie has a betta and some otos in a 6 gallon, I think, but you'd generally need plenty of room so they can keep out of each other's way. And, it would depend on the betta. Some bettas don't want "friends" no matter how big the tank....
Wow, good memory! Tanker is right, I had a 6gl with a betta and three otos. Some bettas don't care for tankmates. Always add the betta last, it'll be less likely to be territorial. I went with otos, but my tank was well established and HEAVILY planted. I'm not even sure the betta knew the otos were there. The Betta passed after 2 1/2 years, otos went to the 100g display and I set up the 6g as a RCS farm. The tank is now teeming with shrimp.
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