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Old 12-27-2016, 12:11 PM   #1
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feel like giving up fish tank! :'(

I have been tested to my limit with my tank I researched months before I even bought a tank. I spent ages picking and planting plants and picking out the right substrate. I've spent soooooo much money too. I have been oit a got another filter as the one that came with my tank is rubbish
I spent months researching what fish I should have.
but I have snails, daphnia, worms (my fish store guy says parasitic by my description :'( ) and fresh water sea anemone. I don't know what to do! nothing good has come from my tank so far, other than my Betta.
my mum was saying I shouldn't get a tank... and I hate to say she might be right
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Old 12-27-2016, 12:20 PM   #2
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Deep breath!

Snails, in my opinion, are great for planted tanks. I think bettas eat daphnia. The worms, going by your other posts, are planaria, which are harmless. Hydra aren't going to hurt your betta or shrimp.

So you've got extra critters, but none that will hurt your betta.

Filters are worth doing right.

You're okay.
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i feel like its one thing after another. I Google plameria when I first saw it but it didn't seem to fully match up. glad that the rest are ok critters for my tank. i dont know what I did wrong to get so many! but I want my betta to be in a happy tank. he's so cute! he already greets me, and eats from my finger and even swims though my fingers when I make a circle
thank you for calming my nerves some what.
- my new filter is so loud
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Which filter did you get? Do you have a picture of the worms?
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Old 12-27-2016, 12:38 PM   #5
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Which filter did you get? Do you have a picture of the worms?
I just comment on your other post on mine (thank you for replying to both!!) I got the hydra 20. it works with using electrodes (I don't get the science of it but my dad was impressed and he has worked with filters for 30 years... not aquarium ones however)
no picture of the worms... they are very small, lava like, white and in my substrate. I have a video of the daphnia whizzing around!
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I wonder if the live daphnia are too fast for your betta.

Do you vacuum your gravel when you do water changes?
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they probabaly are. I got a vacuum today and it was disasterous! I just made a complete mess of my tank lol
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I've been doing water changes rather frequently as it's still a new tank and nitrites spiked when I added betta to it
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they probabaly are. I got a vacuum today and it was disasterous! I just made a complete mess of my tank lol
What's your substrate? Over sand, I drag the lip backwards just above the sand. With the gravel, I stick it straight up and down and leave it in place until no more detritus comes up then lift it straight up so the gravel falls right back down. You can never do the whole bottom of the tank at one time, but that's okay!
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I've been doing water changes rather frequently as it's still a new tank and nitrites spiked when I added betta to it
Ugh nitrites are such a pain. It takes them forever to get under control. I managed to uncycle both of my established tanks thanks to high levels of chloramine in my tap water, and I feel like they will never be zero again.
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Old 12-27-2016, 01:01 PM   #10
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I have growpro I think it's called... it's substrate made for plants... iys like brown tint balls!
they really are. though the new filter, despite being loud, has already dropped my nitrites and nitrates... rather impressed actaully! although I think the flow is too strong for Betta so may invest in the smaller one. (I wonder if they'd exchange a used filter with receipt...)
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