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Old 09-01-2009, 02:30 AM   #11
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I'm a newbie to this forum. I'm in the process of cycling a 10 gallon fresh water tropical aquarium. Sadly I have been going about it with starter fish....
After reading about the fish less cycle, i want to go about it that way. I just need to find a new home for my poor stressed starter fish.
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I didn't know about cycling when I set up my first tank. I have 1 survivor from that attempt.

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I love my plateys I have 5 or 6 in my 30g. They follow me when I walk past the tank. I am thinking of giving her some of the males I have and getting some more female plateys when I go out to give her the tank next month.
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I'll keep a Betta in there to keep the bacteria fed, and move the Betta in a hanging specimen container while fish are being treated/observed.
Bettas are very sensitive to temperature fluctuations. To ensure good health, bettas are best kept in a 5 gallon tank with a 25-watt heater and a small filter.They may be able to live in a small container where other fish can't but that doesn't mean they will thrive. Moving a betta back and forth will stress him greatly, leading to disease. Finrot is the most common indicator in bettas of poor water quality/fluctuating temperatures.
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I did plan on a 5g QT. I suppose i will just keep the bacteria fed with flake food.
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It was hard for me to find... Dollar Store, Wal-Mart, a few hardware stores.... went (more than I already am) crazy looking for real ammonia without anything else in it.

A drop or two a week might keep that bacteria fed in such a small tank.

I haven't been keeping fish for more than a year but it does seem that any of the fish I have gotten that have just went belly up have died within a week or two of them moving. Between the physical damage of being netted and placed in a bag (and then dumped out).... the environmental changes in water chemistry and new environment.
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