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03-14-2012, 06:57 PM #21
Andrea asked that because [Since you are] without a cycled filter you are now cycling your 5g with fish.
The ammonia will add up slower than in his previous container but it will still be an issue quickly and you will need to WC as required until your filter has grown enough BB to take care of itself.Gas mileage isn't everything OIIIIIIIO
Lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part.
Why pretend there are no stupid questions? Actually, There are many stupid questions: "Should I drink this bleach?" Is just one example.
Having said that, Just because it's a stupid question doesn't mean that it shouldn't be asked. It's better to know.
A warm beer is better than a cold beer. Because nothing is better than a cold beer, and a warm beer is better than nothing.
03-14-2012, 07:19 PM #22
Thanks and I did realize that. I will monitor carefully. I'm also hoping that my 30 gal will be fully cycled very soon, in which case I plan to borrow a little filter media from it and place in the 5 gal.
Anyway, that's the plan :o)
03-16-2012, 02:57 PM #23
betta not eating
As previously stated, my betta -Turbo - was in a very small container with no filtration and no heater. He was doing fine there, eating, active etc but when I read that it was cruel to keep him in such a small bowl I got him a new tank.
Turbo has been in his new roomy 5.5 gal filtered tank with live plants for a few days now. (he had a live floating plant in his other container so I added two more). I used all of the substrate that was in is old tank plus, of course added much more. I transitioned him gradually using his old tank water. slowly increased the temp from room temp to 80 degrees. I am monitoring levels daily and so far still 0 ammonia, 0 nitrites, 0 nitrates.
So everything looks good.
The only problem is, he's not eating. He won't eat flakes or frz dried blood worms which is the combo I usually feed him.
I had always had his bowl setting next to my 30 gal so he could see the other betta and fish. Now he's in a completely different location. Could that be part of the problem? His environment changed too much?
Anybody know what's going on with him or what I should do? Any advice is welcome.
03-17-2012, 07:30 PM #24
Flakes and freeze dried bloodworms are very bad choices for bettas.
Choose a good betta specific pellet as a daily staple, and supplement occasionally (no more than once per week) with something like frozen (unthawed, of course) bloodworms. I also fed my bettas a deshelled, chopped up pea once per week to prevent constipation (daphnia can also be used for this purpose).
03-17-2012, 10:46 PM #25
thanks so much. This is the first I've heard that freeze dried blood worms are not a good choice for Bettas. Will absolutely get him some pellets and check out the frozen bloodworms. Will also experiment with the peas.
Appreciate the advice!
03-18-2012, 04:07 AM #26
Bettas tend to constipate easily and dry foods like flakes and freeze dried stuff doesn't help. Also: freeze dried bloodworms have very little nutritional value.
03-21-2012, 10:04 PM #27
Wanted to update you on my Betta. No matter what I fed him he would not eat. I finally decided to give him some company. Even though some advised not to (and I appreciate that advice but I had to try something), I added a male + 2 female guppies. I figured I could always move them to my 30 gal if it didn't work out.
I'm happy to report that Turbo and the guppies are great pals. He started eating the day I added them to the tank and so far they all seem very content and at ease with each other.
I suppose it's possible that I could get up one morning and Turbo will have killed them?? I hope not because they have been the perfect solution so far.
He looks good, is active again and eagerly waiting for me at the top of the water at feeding time.
Anyway, thanks to everyone for all of your help and advice. I'm happy that my betta is happy again and loving the little fancy tail guppies.