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Old 11-29-2017, 06:14 AM   #1
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Saw a beautiful white betta at petsmart today and I am sitting here 5 am wanting it badly even though I dont have a tank ready and cycled for it. Thinking about getting a 5 gallon kit for it and use something to help it cycle a bit as well as some water conditioner. I took a pic of it, I think they got it recently cause it was swimming quite actively for a betta in a cup. Anyway I feel like its a bad idea but crap I dont want anybody else to grab him.
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Old 11-29-2017, 08:29 AM   #2
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Been there, done that. Don't beat yourself up. Get him and enjoy! With weekly water changes your tank will be fine. It will take a while to cycle with a betta, but you shouldn't have any harmful spikes. I've put betta's in uncycled tanks plenty of times. Keep up with maintenance and he'll be fine
BTW...he's gorgeous!
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Ok got the fish and everything he needs, i also got seachem stability and prime plus some freeze dried blood worms by omega and some tropical flakes.
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Very pretty betta. I don't blame you.
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Tank is all set, betta is in and very active. Fed some freeze dried bloodworms. Also got 5 ghost shrimp and 2 zebra nerite snails.
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Ok so I checked the parameters of the water. Ph is 7.6 (will try high range ph) ammonia is 0.25 nitrate 0 nitrite 0. I guess the ammonia is there because of the seachem stability.
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Iím not familiar with the Stability product youíre using, but Iím sure it shouldnít cause an ammonia reading. Have you checked your tap water?
My bettaís have always done really well on New Life Spectrum betta pellets. Just 2 or 3 each day, supplemented with frozen foods rather than freeze dried a couple of
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Cute tank! Those snails wonít have much to feed on, youíll need algae wafers or some source of food for them until your tank is more established.
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Yeah I picked up some today however they haven't come out of their shell yet so not sure if they are dead or need more time. I will test my tap water here in a sec to check the ammonia, I will look into those pellets they are probably better than the flakes I purchased. I purchased a digital thermometer tank is reading at 77.5 F without a heater, according to aqadvisor i fall in the middle of the temp range 75 - 80 F
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I was under the impression that you were only going to add the betta to your tank. In most pet shops ghost shrimp are feeders, and they are prone to carry disease, similar to feeder goldfish. Your temp is fine. The snails are hit and miss. They need pretty specific parameters to thrive.
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0.50ppm from the tap, at first yes betta only but the tank looked empty so thought shrimp and snails could fill it out more. I know I cant add a school of fish (would love some purple harlequin rasboras though) since 5.5 gallons isnt big and my tank is slightly overstock atm 103%
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