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Old 04-08-2011, 06:39 PM   #11
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Right now I'm not stocking any new fish. My fish are old, and in a year the ones surviving are being moved across the country (unless my mother can take care of them). The big cichlid is almost 5, and the little one is two (?) I think. The Betta was an impulse buy because I can't STAND seeing them in those tiny bowls they have them in at the pet store. My tank information is in my profile. The cichlid and the danio I put together before I knew anything about fish, but they leave each other alone.
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Old 04-08-2011, 06:41 PM   #12
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The cichlid is in the ten gallon until he gets a bit bigger and needs the 20 gallon. I suppose I could swap them sooner. I could take a picture and post it if you'd like. He seems perfectly comfortable, if you think it's too small I could move them. I'm actually off to Petco right now because my nitrate levels are testing suspiciously low pre-water-change, so I'm suspicious my kit is expiring.
Bettas may seem fine, but here's my story with bettas.

A few years ago, I got a Betta for my birthday in a bowl. Then after he died a few years later, I got another and continued in that cycle for about five fish. Then I remembered an empty ten gallon we had and cleaned it up and got another Betta. Allie is so much happier and healthier than the others. Then I got into aquariums and have three going right now. Then I saw Patriot, and got a divider for him so he could go in with my first Betta.

So, bigger is definitely better.

And, in five gallons and over bettas live for five years and over, whereas in smaller tanks they sometimes only live for about two years.
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Old 04-08-2011, 06:42 PM   #13
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Betta babe, just curious, do you use a plastic or opaque divider?
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Old 04-08-2011, 06:45 PM   #14
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A shadowed or opaque divider is best, where the males wouldn't see each other clearly. I actually am trying to figure something else out. Patriot now is in a bowl because of a stupid TopFin divider. Don't use those. Your heart almost stops when you walk into your room and see two male bettas on one side. But after seeing Patriot in a big tank and a little bowl, I feel very upset that it didn't work out. The bowl is VERY temporary.
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I had heard that opaque barriers were better, because it doesn't stress them out, just wanted to get confirmation . Now I need to figure out where I can set up the 20 gallon tank! Haha, go me. >.<
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I had heard that opaque barriers were better, because it doesn't stress them out, just wanted to get confirmation . Now I need to figure out where I can set up the 20 gallon tank! Haha, go me. >.<
Lol. I'm seeing if my dad can help me build one... Ugh. That moment is stuck in my head right now. Seriously, don't trust TopFin dividers!!
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Old 04-08-2011, 07:59 PM   #17
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Turns out my suspicions were correct, and my test kit expired. Parameters are a little outside normal, nothing to worry about. Another 30 bucks to dump into my tanks :P
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You are using the API freshwater master kit right? If not... You should be! Lol.
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Old 04-08-2011, 10:01 PM   #19
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Yes sir, only kit I would trust.
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Yes sir, only kit I would trust.
That's yes ma'am!
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