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Old 08-23-2009, 03:13 PM   #11
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Welcome to AA...Nice tank. If you can you might want to return that heater and get a smaller one. FW PWC's 20% once a month is fine. Your fighting fish will love it in there. Get a test kit and that will give you a better idea on the water changes. Those bottles of bacteria does work, but not to the as fast as they claim.
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Old 08-23-2009, 11:48 PM   #12
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*lol* relaxing hobby... got me out for about 3 hours on the beach today looking for driftwood and stones.... I gotta seep out the tannins from the wood that is a month long (plus) project.

I would advise to test every week (after the tank is established) and if teh water is fine only change it every 2-4 weeks.
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Old 08-24-2009, 07:01 AM   #13
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oky doky thanks for the help everyone. Going to buy all the test kits tomorrow and also since im going there... shall be driftwood or ornament "window" shopping

so hopefully i get to relax with aquascaping tomorrow
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Old 08-24-2009, 01:19 PM   #14
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Too bad it would cost an arm and a leg to ship it to you. I have driftwood coming out my ears at the moment.

The park by me just ends up bull-dozing it into a pile and burning it. I was waiting for a park ranger to say something to me about picking it up. My excuse would be I was picking up litter.

Some bits of advice if you are collecting it yourself instead of buying it. If you have a freshwater tank don't collect any from an ocean beach. Plus down there in Oz watch out for the tons of poisonous critters if you are. Only thing I had to worry about was Lake Erie Water Snakes, they bite but are not poisonous.
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Old 08-24-2009, 01:31 PM   #15
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Hi there, you may know this but I will mention it to be sure. To cycle you tank needs a source of ammonia, either the fish, pure ammonia or something that will biodegrade like a cocktail shrimp or fish food.

It seems to me that even an uncycled tank will be better accomodation that a plain vase. I suggest you get your test kit and pop the fish in. Then replace water as needed to stop ammonia from building up.
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Old 08-24-2009, 07:08 PM   #16
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My excuse would be I was picking up litter.
haha well it would be such a waste if they didnt let anyone take any :O

and with mystery's advice.. i might put him in today.. he is so happy at the moment tho. i'll decide once i test the water.... by the way those test kits r so expensive here :/
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hello and welcome to AA annnie
nice little betta tank you got there. you should start a new thread in the freshwater-getting started page.
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Old 08-26-2009, 02:11 AM   #18
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haha well it would be such a waste if they didnt let anyone take any :O

and with mystery's advice.. i might put him in today.. he is so happy at the moment tho. i'll decide once i test the water.... by the way those test kits r so expensive here :/

Worth it, the test kits. Livestock wise I have about $20-$30 in each tank..... not sure what the exchange rate is but a test kit is $25.

Someone was telling me that sea-glass (trendy in crafts now) was against Environmental laws to pick up off of beaches now!
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