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05-17-2013, 02:08 PM #1Junior Member Guppy
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API test results...need recommendations
So my wife bought my 2yo son a betta. It will technically be a family fish so no worries I'll be taking care of him. In a rush to get the little guy in a home i rushed out and gpurchased a 10g aquarium kit. I know i should have cycled the tank first...no excuses but i need some help on my API test results which are listed below.
10 gallon tetra aquarium
whisper 10 filter
small bubble stone with regulator.....turned way down so not to disturb the little fella
Conditioner added to britta filtered water
5-11-13 Tank setup- added "cycle" per instuctions- i know..most say this doesnt work but i was desperate :)
5-12-13 Second dose of cycle
5-13-13 Third dose of cycle- Betta introduced to tank
5-14-13 PH- 7.6 Amonia- 0 N02- 0 N03- 5
5-15-13 PH- 7.6 Amonia- 0 N02- 0 N03- 10
5-16-13 PH- 7.6 Amonia- .18 N02- 0 N03- 20
What should i do today? I was planning on doing 25% water changes once a week starting with the 1st partial on Monday. Should i go ahead and do more per week?
Also, my son wants some schooling fish like 5 neon tetras. When would be a good time to introduce those guys with maybe a couple of amano shrimp.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
05-17-2013, 02:15 PM #2
Read this http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...ad.php?t=36492
Keep testing daily and do big enough water changes to keep the ammonia and eventually the nitrite down under .25ppm. With only one betta in the tank, you may not get readings over .25ppm weekly, if that is the case 50% water change weekly will be fine.When I go fishing I just throw sharp rocks in the water and wait for the dead fish to float to the top... Kingfisher
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I think my fish is adjusting well to the four gallon, He's laying on his side attempting to go to sleep on the bottom of the gravel.
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05-17-2013, 02:20 PM #3
first welcome and good for you for getting your betta a proper sized tank.
cycling a tank with the betta will take a while because he's not going to produce an abundance of ammonia.
Use your API liquid master test kit to test the water daily for a while. any time ammonia and or nitrites approach .50ppm do a water change to get it back to .25. keep nitrates under 20. It's that simple. You may have to make daily water changes for a while once ammonia starts to build up - your tests will tell you when to do the water changes.
You didn't mention a heaater. Bettas should be kept at 82 minimum.
Don't add any new fish until your tank is fully cycled. this could take a couple months.
once your tests read 0 ammonia and 0 nitrites before a water change, the tank is cycled.
there's a sticky in the beginners section detailing cycling with fish and I'd strongly suggest you read it. It will give you a lot of insight on the cycle process.
Additionally, I'd add a 2nd filter in preparation for the additional fish. your whisper 10 is rated for a 10 gallon tank but that rating test is made with no media in the filter. most here double their filtration on their tanks to insure it can handle the bioload produced by your fish. You could add the second filter after your current filter and media in the filter have grown enough Beneficial bacteria to sustain the betta. In fact, you could tuck an additional filter cartridge or a filter sponge into your filter now so that media would be seeded with BB, then when you add your 2nd filter, move that extra media over to the new filter and it will be instantly seeded.
Good luck and do ask more questions!
05-17-2013, 02:39 PM #4Junior Member Guppy
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Thank you for the responses.... I will keep an eye on things and adjust water changes accordingly.
One more thing @ fishmommie....my kit did also come with a heater but it appears to stay a constant 78. Is this to cold. the heater isn't adjustable as far as i can tell.
05-17-2013, 03:08 PM #5
Hi, and welcome to fish keeping!
The heater that came with my tank kit was not adjustable either...
One of the good people here suggested this heater for my 10 gallon tank, and I like it alot...fully adjustable, and fully submersible (even though the instructions that come with it say that it is not submersible, it is, no worries)
05-17-2013, 03:12 PM #6Senior Member Red tailed catfish
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It might help to get an adjustable heater - I've read from others that their bettas weren't very happy in cooler water - affects their coloring and behavior. The issue with a pre-set heater is it probably wont' heat the water even to 78. You will want to get a thermometer so you can see just how warm your water gets. Very often the equipment that comes with kits isn't adequate - like what was mentioned about your filter.
05-17-2013, 03:13 PM #7Junior Member Guppy
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Awesome. thank you for the link Slaphppy7. I will seriously consider the upgrade.
05-17-2013, 03:27 PM #8
As for that "water conditioner", it's pretty much useless...the only conditioner you need is called Seacham's Prime...it is invaluable not only as a de-chlorinator, but does many more things that are good for your fish...I would look into it if I were you
05-17-2013, 03:34 PM #9
everyone's added great advice! the seachem's prime, btw - in addition to being the best product I've found, is also the most cost effective conditioner to use because it's so concentrated.
and you can pick up a floating thermometer with a suction cup to stick it on the glass if you want for less than $3.00.
Make sure your betta has something to occupy him so he doesn't get bored. like a cave or a hollow log or some driftwood he can swim in and out of. You can make a cave by stacking flat rocks if you don't want to buy anything. just make certain the rocks aren't too porous and that you can stack them solidly enough that they won't fall and crash on him. They sometimes like their privacy and they do get bored easily. they like plants to swim in and around too - fake or real.
05-17-2013, 03:44 PM #10
0Additionally, I'd add a 2nd filter in preparation for the additional fish. your whisper 10 is rated for a 10 gallon tank but that rating test is made with no media in the filter. most here double their filtration on their tanks to insure it can handle the bioload produced by your fish. You could add the second filter after your current filter and media in the filter have grown enough Beneficial bacteria to sustain the betta.