Kai-ni

Sensei of tank Cycling (apparently)

20 something female living in the United States. Animation student.

Aquarist - I keep freshwater fish and an Axolotl. I can answer most care questions concerning freshwater aquaria, don't be afraid to shoot me an ask.

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Anonymous asked:
Could I put 2 male betta in a 55 gallon tank?

No. I’ve said this before; even in the wild where they have plenty of room male Betta will fight and kill each other if they come into contact. In a tank, they are very likely to come into contact at some point, and you’ll end up with a dead fish.

Yes, fights happen in nature, but in captivity we should strive to give our pets the safest and most optimal environment possible and that doesn’t  include allowing the possibility of them killing each other.

I've been working on improving my Betta, Fishmael's living conditions. For context, I'm in a dorm and my mother feels I don't have the time, space or money to give him care she feels is unnecessary. I managed to upgrade him to a 2.5 gallon tank with a heater and the week he's been in it he's been crazy happy! My mom says I don't need a filter, but I'm POSITIVE he needs one. Unfortunately, I have no idea how to cycle it if I do build one since his tank is already established with him in it. :/

Hi! What you want to do is called fish-in cycling. You can read about it here.

Basically the moment you add a place for the bacteria to colonize (the filter) they will start to do so because there is an ammonia source (the fish) and the bacteria are attracted to that! The thing is you have to do DAILY water changes while this process is happening because while the bacteria establish, there are very high spikes of ammonia and nitrite (both toxic to the fish!) that can be very bad for the fish unless you do those big water changes to keep him safe.

Even in the tank as it sits now, you should be doing daily 50% water changes to keep ammonia down, because there’s no cycle to get rid of that ammonia for you!

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I am indeed doing daily water changes, but I’m only doing about 30 percent to lessen stress on Fishmael. I was thinking that perhaps I could use his old bowl with removed tank water in it to cycle the filter? Is that a thing that would work or is that a dumb idea? Also, it’s really really difficult to explain how much my mother thinks I shouldn’t have a filter. She didn’t even want me to get the fish. Is there any other information I can give you to get on track of what I need to do?

You’re in college right? So your mother can (in crude terms) piss off. You’re an adult. You’re going to take good care of the pet that YOU are responsible for. If anything she should be glad you’re taking responsibility, try throwing that one at her.

I would up the % of the water change - a little water change stress is better than ammonia poisoning. Because you’re only changing 30% of the water, you’re only removing 30% of the ammonia. So you get behind each day. 70% is left in, and another 100% of that accumulates the next day. So assume you had 1ppm on day one - you do a 30% change, and now you have .7ppm. The next day, you have 1.7ppm. You do a 30% change that day, now you have .9ppm. See how it keeps going up and up, despite your changes?

(Okay my math may not be perfect, I’m an artist, but the idea is there you get it right).

You need to do at LEAST 50% to stay ‘ahead’. Or you get progressively higher ammonia.

About cycling the filter in his bowl, not really - it’s really hard to hold a cycle in  ANYTHING smaller than 2.5 gallons. You may have a bit of trouble holding one in a 2.5; 5 gallons is really ideal.

mmmm I think that’s about it unless you have other questions!

THATS WHAT I WAS THINKING about the mom thing. The only thing is she’s still connected to my bank account because I have no idea how to do a lot of college-related money stuff, and I’m very wary of purchasing anything she’d say I was wasting money on. But I’ll remember that next time she complains. I wanted a 5gal tank for him, but I don’t really have the room, and he also has to move out every break and go to my aunts house about 15 miles away. I’m gonna probably try the fish-in cycling-he’ll be pissed off at me but I think he’ll be happier in the long run.

Huhuhuhu friend, I move in and out of college with three ten gallon tanks, for a 45 minute drive. A single 5 gallon 15 miles away is not going to very hard ^_^

Also you don’t have to move him out for every little break - A betta is fine without you for a week (but no more since weekly water changes are a thing).

And I get you with the mom thing, but seriously it is about time you act like an adult in front of her (trust me this is a thing) you can make your own decisions, it’s your pet and you are taking care of it.

And yep, fish-in cycling.

You got it. I guess moving him is gonna be fun-maybe I’ll re-use his bowl as a sort of mobile home so he doesn’t get sloshed around in a tank. Any air pumps you might recommend? I found one called the Marina Cool air pump on Amazon with great reviews, but I’m wary of buying online stuff that I’m not sure will work. Also thank you so much omg

Actually I would not recommend using his bowl to move him - there is a specific method to moving a fish! You should bag him or cup him. Smaller water volumes are actually better during moving because it limits sloshing around. Then you pack said bag or cup in towels then in something stable like a box or bucket. The darkness de-stresses them and the towels keep them padded.

Also for air pumps - Tetra whisper air pumps all the way! They’re blessedly quiet; I have three and have never had a problem.

That’s a good idea lol
Ok I’ll keep that in mind! The only other thing is, I don’t have access to a drill to put holes in a PVC pipe to make my filter, but i think that can be remedied through one of the places on campus. Would an elbow joint to release water be less aggressive flow than just allowing bubbles out the top? Also do I really need a check valve? They seem stupidly expensive to me for a couple plastic bits.

Oh are you making a sponge filter??? Wouldn’t it just be way easier and cheaper to buy one?

No actually, my local petsmart has horrendously inflated prices. I’m a really crafty person so I could basically make one for the price of the pump and tubing, plus a dollar for the lil airstone. I think the math I worked out for it in total is about 21 dollars including airstone, tubing, and air pump. Total it’s gonna be maybe 25 bucks with a large sponge and some small PVC.

do you have access to amazon.com? Sponge filters are literally 5 bucks or less

Lol yes I do, but the filter I found that was most likely to fit on my tank was an add on item. I would have to spend 25 dollars anyway to get it for another 4. I don’t know why I can’t just get it on it’s own without jumping through hoops.

Which one ya talkin’ about? Link it for me :>

It’s this one http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B005LMQCW2/ref=mp_s_a_1_2?qid=1409636976&sr=8-2&pi=SY200_QL40 which I think I could totally fit in my tank without taking away very much of Fishmael’s swimming room. I don’t wanna waste my time buying it from china when I still have the free student Prime, yanno?

Here are some very similar ones that are not add-ons:

http://www.amazon.com/Jardin-Sponge-Biochemical-Corner-Filter/dp/B008FM6HW0/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1409637121&sr=8-4&keywords=jardin+sponge+filter

http://www.amazon.com/Jardin-Aquarium-Sponge-Biochemical-Filter/dp/B008FM5OHE/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1409637121&sr=8-6&keywords=jardin+sponge+filter

That second one looks almost identical! :o would it need an airstone in it or no?

Nope it doesn’t need an airstone, it IS the airstone if you get me - it has a little nub to fit the air hose onto.

I've been working on improving my Betta, Fishmael's living conditions. For context, I'm in a dorm and my mother feels I don't have the time, space or money to give him care she feels is unnecessary. I managed to upgrade him to a 2.5 gallon tank with a heater and the week he's been in it he's been crazy happy! My mom says I don't need a filter, but I'm POSITIVE he needs one. Unfortunately, I have no idea how to cycle it if I do build one since his tank is already established with him in it. :/

Hi! What you want to do is called fish-in cycling. You can read about it here.

Basically the moment you add a place for the bacteria to colonize (the filter) they will start to do so because there is an ammonia source (the fish) and the bacteria are attracted to that! The thing is you have to do DAILY water changes while this process is happening because while the bacteria establish, there are very high spikes of ammonia and nitrite (both toxic to the fish!) that can be very bad for the fish unless you do those big water changes to keep him safe.

Even in the tank as it sits now, you should be doing daily 50% water changes to keep ammonia down, because there’s no cycle to get rid of that ammonia for you!

smuppetbuttfluff:

kai-ni:

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kai-ni:

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kai-ni:

smuppetbuttfluff:

kai-ni:

smuppetbuttfluff:

kai-ni:

smuppetbuttfluff:

kai-ni:

smuppetbuttfluff:

I am indeed doing daily water changes, but I’m only doing about 30 percent to lessen stress on Fishmael. I was thinking that perhaps I could use his old bowl with removed tank water in it to cycle the filter? Is that a thing that would work or is that a dumb idea? Also, it’s really really difficult to explain how much my mother thinks I shouldn’t have a filter. She didn’t even want me to get the fish. Is there any other information I can give you to get on track of what I need to do?

You’re in college right? So your mother can (in crude terms) piss off. You’re an adult. You’re going to take good care of the pet that YOU are responsible for. If anything she should be glad you’re taking responsibility, try throwing that one at her.

I would up the % of the water change - a little water change stress is better than ammonia poisoning. Because you’re only changing 30% of the water, you’re only removing 30% of the ammonia. So you get behind each day. 70% is left in, and another 100% of that accumulates the next day. So assume you had 1ppm on day one - you do a 30% change, and now you have .7ppm. The next day, you have 1.7ppm. You do a 30% change that day, now you have .9ppm. See how it keeps going up and up, despite your changes?

(Okay my math may not be perfect, I’m an artist, but the idea is there you get it right).

You need to do at LEAST 50% to stay ‘ahead’. Or you get progressively higher ammonia.

About cycling the filter in his bowl, not really - it’s really hard to hold a cycle in  ANYTHING smaller than 2.5 gallons. You may have a bit of trouble holding one in a 2.5; 5 gallons is really ideal.

mmmm I think that’s about it unless you have other questions!

THATS WHAT I WAS THINKING about the mom thing. The only thing is she’s still connected to my bank account because I have no idea how to do a lot of college-related money stuff, and I’m very wary of purchasing anything she’d say I was wasting money on. But I’ll remember that next time she complains. I wanted a 5gal tank for him, but I don’t really have the room, and he also has to move out every break and go to my aunts house about 15 miles away. I’m gonna probably try the fish-in cycling-he’ll be pissed off at me but I think he’ll be happier in the long run.

Huhuhuhu friend, I move in and out of college with three ten gallon tanks, for a 45 minute drive. A single 5 gallon 15 miles away is not going to very hard ^_^

Also you don’t have to move him out for every little break - A betta is fine without you for a week (but no more since weekly water changes are a thing).

And I get you with the mom thing, but seriously it is about time you act like an adult in front of her (trust me this is a thing) you can make your own decisions, it’s your pet and you are taking care of it.

And yep, fish-in cycling.

You got it. I guess moving him is gonna be fun-maybe I’ll re-use his bowl as a sort of mobile home so he doesn’t get sloshed around in a tank. Any air pumps you might recommend? I found one called the Marina Cool air pump on Amazon with great reviews, but I’m wary of buying online stuff that I’m not sure will work. Also thank you so much omg

Actually I would not recommend using his bowl to move him - there is a specific method to moving a fish! You should bag him or cup him. Smaller water volumes are actually better during moving because it limits sloshing around. Then you pack said bag or cup in towels then in something stable like a box or bucket. The darkness de-stresses them and the towels keep them padded.

Also for air pumps - Tetra whisper air pumps all the way! They’re blessedly quiet; I have three and have never had a problem.

That’s a good idea lol
Ok I’ll keep that in mind! The only other thing is, I don’t have access to a drill to put holes in a PVC pipe to make my filter, but i think that can be remedied through one of the places on campus. Would an elbow joint to release water be less aggressive flow than just allowing bubbles out the top? Also do I really need a check valve? They seem stupidly expensive to me for a couple plastic bits.

Oh are you making a sponge filter??? Wouldn’t it just be way easier and cheaper to buy one?

No actually, my local petsmart has horrendously inflated prices. I’m a really crafty person so I could basically make one for the price of the pump and tubing, plus a dollar for the lil airstone. I think the math I worked out for it in total is about 21 dollars including airstone, tubing, and air pump. Total it’s gonna be maybe 25 bucks with a large sponge and some small PVC.

do you have access to amazon.com? Sponge filters are literally 5 bucks or less

Lol yes I do, but the filter I found that was most likely to fit on my tank was an add on item. I would have to spend 25 dollars anyway to get it for another 4. I don’t know why I can’t just get it on it’s own without jumping through hoops.

Which one ya talkin’ about? Link it for me :>

It’s this one http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B005LMQCW2/ref=mp_s_a_1_2?qid=1409636976&sr=8-2&pi=SY200_QL40 which I think I could totally fit in my tank without taking away very much of Fishmael’s swimming room. I don’t wanna waste my time buying it from china when I still have the free student Prime, yanno?

Here are some very similar ones that are not add-ons:

http://www.amazon.com/Jardin-Sponge-Biochemical-Corner-Filter/dp/B008FM6HW0/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1409637121&sr=8-4&keywords=jardin+sponge+filter

http://www.amazon.com/Jardin-Aquarium-Sponge-Biochemical-Filter/dp/B008FM5OHE/ref=sr_1_6?ie=UTF8&qid=1409637121&sr=8-6&keywords=jardin+sponge+filter

I've been working on improving my Betta, Fishmael's living conditions. For context, I'm in a dorm and my mother feels I don't have the time, space or money to give him care she feels is unnecessary. I managed to upgrade him to a 2.5 gallon tank with a heater and the week he's been in it he's been crazy happy! My mom says I don't need a filter, but I'm POSITIVE he needs one. Unfortunately, I have no idea how to cycle it if I do build one since his tank is already established with him in it. :/

Hi! What you want to do is called fish-in cycling. You can read about it here.

Basically the moment you add a place for the bacteria to colonize (the filter) they will start to do so because there is an ammonia source (the fish) and the bacteria are attracted to that! The thing is you have to do DAILY water changes while this process is happening because while the bacteria establish, there are very high spikes of ammonia and nitrite (both toxic to the fish!) that can be very bad for the fish unless you do those big water changes to keep him safe.

Even in the tank as it sits now, you should be doing daily 50% water changes to keep ammonia down, because there’s no cycle to get rid of that ammonia for you!

smuppetbuttfluff:

kai-ni:

smuppetbuttfluff:

kai-ni:

smuppetbuttfluff:

kai-ni:

smuppetbuttfluff:

kai-ni:

smuppetbuttfluff:

kai-ni:

smuppetbuttfluff:

I am indeed doing daily water changes, but I’m only doing about 30 percent to lessen stress on Fishmael. I was thinking that perhaps I could use his old bowl with removed tank water in it to cycle the filter? Is that a thing that would work or is that a dumb idea? Also, it’s really really difficult to explain how much my mother thinks I shouldn’t have a filter. She didn’t even want me to get the fish. Is there any other information I can give you to get on track of what I need to do?

You’re in college right? So your mother can (in crude terms) piss off. You’re an adult. You’re going to take good care of the pet that YOU are responsible for. If anything she should be glad you’re taking responsibility, try throwing that one at her.

I would up the % of the water change - a little water change stress is better than ammonia poisoning. Because you’re only changing 30% of the water, you’re only removing 30% of the ammonia. So you get behind each day. 70% is left in, and another 100% of that accumulates the next day. So assume you had 1ppm on day one - you do a 30% change, and now you have .7ppm. The next day, you have 1.7ppm. You do a 30% change that day, now you have .9ppm. See how it keeps going up and up, despite your changes?

(Okay my math may not be perfect, I’m an artist, but the idea is there you get it right).

You need to do at LEAST 50% to stay ‘ahead’. Or you get progressively higher ammonia.

About cycling the filter in his bowl, not really - it’s really hard to hold a cycle in  ANYTHING smaller than 2.5 gallons. You may have a bit of trouble holding one in a 2.5; 5 gallons is really ideal.

mmmm I think that’s about it unless you have other questions!

THATS WHAT I WAS THINKING about the mom thing. The only thing is she’s still connected to my bank account because I have no idea how to do a lot of college-related money stuff, and I’m very wary of purchasing anything she’d say I was wasting money on. But I’ll remember that next time she complains. I wanted a 5gal tank for him, but I don’t really have the room, and he also has to move out every break and go to my aunts house about 15 miles away. I’m gonna probably try the fish-in cycling-he’ll be pissed off at me but I think he’ll be happier in the long run.

Huhuhuhu friend, I move in and out of college with three ten gallon tanks, for a 45 minute drive. A single 5 gallon 15 miles away is not going to very hard ^_^

Also you don’t have to move him out for every little break - A betta is fine without you for a week (but no more since weekly water changes are a thing).

And I get you with the mom thing, but seriously it is about time you act like an adult in front of her (trust me this is a thing) you can make your own decisions, it’s your pet and you are taking care of it.

And yep, fish-in cycling.

You got it. I guess moving him is gonna be fun-maybe I’ll re-use his bowl as a sort of mobile home so he doesn’t get sloshed around in a tank. Any air pumps you might recommend? I found one called the Marina Cool air pump on Amazon with great reviews, but I’m wary of buying online stuff that I’m not sure will work. Also thank you so much omg

Actually I would not recommend using his bowl to move him - there is a specific method to moving a fish! You should bag him or cup him. Smaller water volumes are actually better during moving because it limits sloshing around. Then you pack said bag or cup in towels then in something stable like a box or bucket. The darkness de-stresses them and the towels keep them padded.

Also for air pumps - Tetra whisper air pumps all the way! They’re blessedly quiet; I have three and have never had a problem.

That’s a good idea lol
Ok I’ll keep that in mind! The only other thing is, I don’t have access to a drill to put holes in a PVC pipe to make my filter, but i think that can be remedied through one of the places on campus. Would an elbow joint to release water be less aggressive flow than just allowing bubbles out the top? Also do I really need a check valve? They seem stupidly expensive to me for a couple plastic bits.

Oh are you making a sponge filter??? Wouldn’t it just be way easier and cheaper to buy one?

No actually, my local petsmart has horrendously inflated prices. I’m a really crafty person so I could basically make one for the price of the pump and tubing, plus a dollar for the lil airstone. I think the math I worked out for it in total is about 21 dollars including airstone, tubing, and air pump. Total it’s gonna be maybe 25 bucks with a large sponge and some small PVC.

do you have access to amazon.com? Sponge filters are literally 5 bucks or less

Lol yes I do, but the filter I found that was most likely to fit on my tank was an add on item. I would have to spend 25 dollars anyway to get it for another 4. I don’t know why I can’t just get it on it’s own without jumping through hoops.

Which one ya talkin’ about? Link it for me :>

I've been working on improving my Betta, Fishmael's living conditions. For context, I'm in a dorm and my mother feels I don't have the time, space or money to give him care she feels is unnecessary. I managed to upgrade him to a 2.5 gallon tank with a heater and the week he's been in it he's been crazy happy! My mom says I don't need a filter, but I'm POSITIVE he needs one. Unfortunately, I have no idea how to cycle it if I do build one since his tank is already established with him in it. :/

Hi! What you want to do is called fish-in cycling. You can read about it here.

Basically the moment you add a place for the bacteria to colonize (the filter) they will start to do so because there is an ammonia source (the fish) and the bacteria are attracted to that! The thing is you have to do DAILY water changes while this process is happening because while the bacteria establish, there are very high spikes of ammonia and nitrite (both toxic to the fish!) that can be very bad for the fish unless you do those big water changes to keep him safe.

Even in the tank as it sits now, you should be doing daily 50% water changes to keep ammonia down, because there’s no cycle to get rid of that ammonia for you!

smuppetbuttfluff:

kai-ni:

smuppetbuttfluff:

kai-ni:

smuppetbuttfluff:

kai-ni:

smuppetbuttfluff:

kai-ni:

smuppetbuttfluff:

I am indeed doing daily water changes, but I’m only doing about 30 percent to lessen stress on Fishmael. I was thinking that perhaps I could use his old bowl with removed tank water in it to cycle the filter? Is that a thing that would work or is that a dumb idea? Also, it’s really really difficult to explain how much my mother thinks I shouldn’t have a filter. She didn’t even want me to get the fish. Is there any other information I can give you to get on track of what I need to do?

You’re in college right? So your mother can (in crude terms) piss off. You’re an adult. You’re going to take good care of the pet that YOU are responsible for. If anything she should be glad you’re taking responsibility, try throwing that one at her.

I would up the % of the water change - a little water change stress is better than ammonia poisoning. Because you’re only changing 30% of the water, you’re only removing 30% of the ammonia. So you get behind each day. 70% is left in, and another 100% of that accumulates the next day. So assume you had 1ppm on day one - you do a 30% change, and now you have .7ppm. The next day, you have 1.7ppm. You do a 30% change that day, now you have .9ppm. See how it keeps going up and up, despite your changes?

(Okay my math may not be perfect, I’m an artist, but the idea is there you get it right).

You need to do at LEAST 50% to stay ‘ahead’. Or you get progressively higher ammonia.

About cycling the filter in his bowl, not really - it’s really hard to hold a cycle in  ANYTHING smaller than 2.5 gallons. You may have a bit of trouble holding one in a 2.5; 5 gallons is really ideal.

mmmm I think that’s about it unless you have other questions!

THATS WHAT I WAS THINKING about the mom thing. The only thing is she’s still connected to my bank account because I have no idea how to do a lot of college-related money stuff, and I’m very wary of purchasing anything she’d say I was wasting money on. But I’ll remember that next time she complains. I wanted a 5gal tank for him, but I don’t really have the room, and he also has to move out every break and go to my aunts house about 15 miles away. I’m gonna probably try the fish-in cycling-he’ll be pissed off at me but I think he’ll be happier in the long run.

Huhuhuhu friend, I move in and out of college with three ten gallon tanks, for a 45 minute drive. A single 5 gallon 15 miles away is not going to very hard ^_^

Also you don’t have to move him out for every little break - A betta is fine without you for a week (but no more since weekly water changes are a thing).

And I get you with the mom thing, but seriously it is about time you act like an adult in front of her (trust me this is a thing) you can make your own decisions, it’s your pet and you are taking care of it.

And yep, fish-in cycling.

You got it. I guess moving him is gonna be fun-maybe I’ll re-use his bowl as a sort of mobile home so he doesn’t get sloshed around in a tank. Any air pumps you might recommend? I found one called the Marina Cool air pump on Amazon with great reviews, but I’m wary of buying online stuff that I’m not sure will work. Also thank you so much omg

Actually I would not recommend using his bowl to move him - there is a specific method to moving a fish! You should bag him or cup him. Smaller water volumes are actually better during moving because it limits sloshing around. Then you pack said bag or cup in towels then in something stable like a box or bucket. The darkness de-stresses them and the towels keep them padded.

Also for air pumps - Tetra whisper air pumps all the way! They’re blessedly quiet; I have three and have never had a problem.

That’s a good idea lol
Ok I’ll keep that in mind! The only other thing is, I don’t have access to a drill to put holes in a PVC pipe to make my filter, but i think that can be remedied through one of the places on campus. Would an elbow joint to release water be less aggressive flow than just allowing bubbles out the top? Also do I really need a check valve? They seem stupidly expensive to me for a couple plastic bits.

Oh are you making a sponge filter??? Wouldn’t it just be way easier and cheaper to buy one?

No actually, my local petsmart has horrendously inflated prices. I’m a really crafty person so I could basically make one for the price of the pump and tubing, plus a dollar for the lil airstone. I think the math I worked out for it in total is about 21 dollars including airstone, tubing, and air pump. Total it’s gonna be maybe 25 bucks with a large sponge and some small PVC.

do you have access to amazon.com? Sponge filters are literally 5 bucks or less

I've been working on improving my Betta, Fishmael's living conditions. For context, I'm in a dorm and my mother feels I don't have the time, space or money to give him care she feels is unnecessary. I managed to upgrade him to a 2.5 gallon tank with a heater and the week he's been in it he's been crazy happy! My mom says I don't need a filter, but I'm POSITIVE he needs one. Unfortunately, I have no idea how to cycle it if I do build one since his tank is already established with him in it. :/

Hi! What you want to do is called fish-in cycling. You can read about it here.

Basically the moment you add a place for the bacteria to colonize (the filter) they will start to do so because there is an ammonia source (the fish) and the bacteria are attracted to that! The thing is you have to do DAILY water changes while this process is happening because while the bacteria establish, there are very high spikes of ammonia and nitrite (both toxic to the fish!) that can be very bad for the fish unless you do those big water changes to keep him safe.

Even in the tank as it sits now, you should be doing daily 50% water changes to keep ammonia down, because there’s no cycle to get rid of that ammonia for you!

smuppetbuttfluff:

kai-ni:

smuppetbuttfluff:

kai-ni:

smuppetbuttfluff:

kai-ni:

smuppetbuttfluff:

I am indeed doing daily water changes, but I’m only doing about 30 percent to lessen stress on Fishmael. I was thinking that perhaps I could use his old bowl with removed tank water in it to cycle the filter? Is that a thing that would work or is that a dumb idea? Also, it’s really really difficult to explain how much my mother thinks I shouldn’t have a filter. She didn’t even want me to get the fish. Is there any other information I can give you to get on track of what I need to do?

You’re in college right? So your mother can (in crude terms) piss off. You’re an adult. You’re going to take good care of the pet that YOU are responsible for. If anything she should be glad you’re taking responsibility, try throwing that one at her.

I would up the % of the water change - a little water change stress is better than ammonia poisoning. Because you’re only changing 30% of the water, you’re only removing 30% of the ammonia. So you get behind each day. 70% is left in, and another 100% of that accumulates the next day. So assume you had 1ppm on day one - you do a 30% change, and now you have .7ppm. The next day, you have 1.7ppm. You do a 30% change that day, now you have .9ppm. See how it keeps going up and up, despite your changes?

(Okay my math may not be perfect, I’m an artist, but the idea is there you get it right).

You need to do at LEAST 50% to stay ‘ahead’. Or you get progressively higher ammonia.

About cycling the filter in his bowl, not really - it’s really hard to hold a cycle in  ANYTHING smaller than 2.5 gallons. You may have a bit of trouble holding one in a 2.5; 5 gallons is really ideal.

mmmm I think that’s about it unless you have other questions!

THATS WHAT I WAS THINKING about the mom thing. The only thing is she’s still connected to my bank account because I have no idea how to do a lot of college-related money stuff, and I’m very wary of purchasing anything she’d say I was wasting money on. But I’ll remember that next time she complains. I wanted a 5gal tank for him, but I don’t really have the room, and he also has to move out every break and go to my aunts house about 15 miles away. I’m gonna probably try the fish-in cycling-he’ll be pissed off at me but I think he’ll be happier in the long run.

Huhuhuhu friend, I move in and out of college with three ten gallon tanks, for a 45 minute drive. A single 5 gallon 15 miles away is not going to very hard ^_^

Also you don’t have to move him out for every little break - A betta is fine without you for a week (but no more since weekly water changes are a thing).

And I get you with the mom thing, but seriously it is about time you act like an adult in front of her (trust me this is a thing) you can make your own decisions, it’s your pet and you are taking care of it.

And yep, fish-in cycling.

You got it. I guess moving him is gonna be fun-maybe I’ll re-use his bowl as a sort of mobile home so he doesn’t get sloshed around in a tank. Any air pumps you might recommend? I found one called the Marina Cool air pump on Amazon with great reviews, but I’m wary of buying online stuff that I’m not sure will work. Also thank you so much omg

Actually I would not recommend using his bowl to move him - there is a specific method to moving a fish! You should bag him or cup him. Smaller water volumes are actually better during moving because it limits sloshing around. Then you pack said bag or cup in towels then in something stable like a box or bucket. The darkness de-stresses them and the towels keep them padded.

Also for air pumps - Tetra whisper air pumps all the way! They’re blessedly quiet; I have three and have never had a problem.

That’s a good idea lol
Ok I’ll keep that in mind! The only other thing is, I don’t have access to a drill to put holes in a PVC pipe to make my filter, but i think that can be remedied through one of the places on campus. Would an elbow joint to release water be less aggressive flow than just allowing bubbles out the top? Also do I really need a check valve? They seem stupidly expensive to me for a couple plastic bits.

Oh are you making a sponge filter??? Wouldn’t it just be way easier and cheaper to buy one?

Anonymous asked:
Are hamster tubes appropriate in tanks for axolotl?

I would say no - don’t use anything that isn’t specifically aquarium safe. It was not meant to be submerged.

I've been working on improving my Betta, Fishmael's living conditions. For context, I'm in a dorm and my mother feels I don't have the time, space or money to give him care she feels is unnecessary. I managed to upgrade him to a 2.5 gallon tank with a heater and the week he's been in it he's been crazy happy! My mom says I don't need a filter, but I'm POSITIVE he needs one. Unfortunately, I have no idea how to cycle it if I do build one since his tank is already established with him in it. :/

Hi! What you want to do is called fish-in cycling. You can read about it here.

Basically the moment you add a place for the bacteria to colonize (the filter) they will start to do so because there is an ammonia source (the fish) and the bacteria are attracted to that! The thing is you have to do DAILY water changes while this process is happening because while the bacteria establish, there are very high spikes of ammonia and nitrite (both toxic to the fish!) that can be very bad for the fish unless you do those big water changes to keep him safe.

Even in the tank as it sits now, you should be doing daily 50% water changes to keep ammonia down, because there’s no cycle to get rid of that ammonia for you!

what-the-fiish:

kai-ni:

what-the-fiish:

smuppetbuttfluff:

kai-ni:

smuppetbuttfluff:

I am indeed doing daily water changes, but I’m only doing about 30 percent to lessen stress on Fishmael. I was thinking that perhaps I could use his old bowl with removed tank water in it to cycle the filter? Is that a thing that would work or is that a dumb idea? Also, it’s really really difficult to explain how much my mother thinks I shouldn’t have a filter. She didn’t even want me to get the fish. Is there any other information I can give you to get on track of what I need to do?

You’re in college right? So your mother can (in crude terms) piss off. You’re an adult. You’re going to take good care of the pet that YOU are responsible for. If anything she should be glad you’re taking responsibility, try throwing that one at her.

I would up the % of the water change - a little water change stress is better than ammonia poisoning. Because you’re only changing 30% of the water, you’re only removing 30% of the ammonia. So you get behind each day. 70% is left in, and another 100% of that accumulates the next day. So assume you had 1ppm on day one - you do a 30% change, and now you have .7ppm. The next day, you have 1.7ppm. You do a 30% change that day, now you have .9ppm. See how it keeps going up and up, despite your changes?

(Okay my math may not be perfect, I’m an artist, but the idea is there you get it right).

You need to do at LEAST 50% to stay ‘ahead’. Or you get progressively higher ammonia.

About cycling the filter in his bowl, not really - it’s really hard to hold a cycle in  ANYTHING smaller than 2.5 gallons. You may have a bit of trouble holding one in a 2.5; 5 gallons is really ideal.

mmmm I think that’s about it unless you have other questions!

THATS WHAT I WAS THINKING about the mom thing. The only thing is she’s still connected to my bank account because I have no idea how to do a lot of college-related money stuff, and I’m very wary of purchasing anything she’d say I was wasting money on. But I’ll remember that next time she complains. I wanted a 5gal tank for him, but I don’t really have the room, and he also has to move out every break and go to my aunts house about 15 miles away. I’m gonna probably try the fish-in cycling-he’ll be pissed off at me but I think he’ll be happier in the long run.

If you do the fish in cycle and want to lessen any kind of danger to your betta just get a nice amount easy live plants :) they’ll make the toxicity levels of the ammonia nitrite and nitrate more bearable plus you’ll have some nice live plants. Since I’m assuming you either have no light or low light, anubias and java ferns are great! OR A MARIMO BALL or multiple marimo balls. Plants will help with the fish in cycle so yeah.

Honestly I disagree. No plant is going to help absorb the toxins to any significant degree in a tank that small. People always say that, and pet stores will market plants as little ‘filters’ but it simply isn’t true - yes the plants do ‘feed’ on the toxins, but not to any noticeable degree on a small scale.

And I say on a small scale specifically because it is possible to have a large scale walstad tank where the plants ‘eat’ the toxins, but one or two plants is NOT going to do nothing measurable.

Right that^ i forgot to mention a SHIT TON of plants lol

Heavily plant for fish in cycles!

yes a metric shit-ton of plants indeed

This is a rly small tank however and not gonna happen here but again if a metric shit ton were possible yes

littleswimmers:

the-wild-buttsex:

HELLO BETTA LOVERS

the-wild-buttsex:

I’m in need of some help with my fish. I have an albino, adult male betta fish at home and he’s acting a bit strange compared to my others. Whenever he is relaxing, he rests in a sort of diagonal position with his head down….

As a betta keeper. Thank you. This is a tragic thing. Poor little betta. It’s probably not an albino really just lost all it’s color because of horrifying conditions.

/wheezes that’s the other thing there is no way it truly has albinism. Not any white fish is an albino and albino Betta are extremely rare and not something you will just find in a pet store.

I've been working on improving my Betta, Fishmael's living conditions. For context, I'm in a dorm and my mother feels I don't have the time, space or money to give him care she feels is unnecessary. I managed to upgrade him to a 2.5 gallon tank with a heater and the week he's been in it he's been crazy happy! My mom says I don't need a filter, but I'm POSITIVE he needs one. Unfortunately, I have no idea how to cycle it if I do build one since his tank is already established with him in it. :/

Hi! What you want to do is called fish-in cycling. You can read about it here.

Basically the moment you add a place for the bacteria to colonize (the filter) they will start to do so because there is an ammonia source (the fish) and the bacteria are attracted to that! The thing is you have to do DAILY water changes while this process is happening because while the bacteria establish, there are very high spikes of ammonia and nitrite (both toxic to the fish!) that can be very bad for the fish unless you do those big water changes to keep him safe.

Even in the tank as it sits now, you should be doing daily 50% water changes to keep ammonia down, because there’s no cycle to get rid of that ammonia for you!

smuppetbuttfluff:

kai-ni:

smuppetbuttfluff:

kai-ni:

smuppetbuttfluff:

I am indeed doing daily water changes, but I’m only doing about 30 percent to lessen stress on Fishmael. I was thinking that perhaps I could use his old bowl with removed tank water in it to cycle the filter? Is that a thing that would work or is that a dumb idea? Also, it’s really really difficult to explain how much my mother thinks I shouldn’t have a filter. She didn’t even want me to get the fish. Is there any other information I can give you to get on track of what I need to do?

You’re in college right? So your mother can (in crude terms) piss off. You’re an adult. You’re going to take good care of the pet that YOU are responsible for. If anything she should be glad you’re taking responsibility, try throwing that one at her.

I would up the % of the water change - a little water change stress is better than ammonia poisoning. Because you’re only changing 30% of the water, you’re only removing 30% of the ammonia. So you get behind each day. 70% is left in, and another 100% of that accumulates the next day. So assume you had 1ppm on day one - you do a 30% change, and now you have .7ppm. The next day, you have 1.7ppm. You do a 30% change that day, now you have .9ppm. See how it keeps going up and up, despite your changes?

(Okay my math may not be perfect, I’m an artist, but the idea is there you get it right).

You need to do at LEAST 50% to stay ‘ahead’. Or you get progressively higher ammonia.

About cycling the filter in his bowl, not really - it’s really hard to hold a cycle in  ANYTHING smaller than 2.5 gallons. You may have a bit of trouble holding one in a 2.5; 5 gallons is really ideal.

mmmm I think that’s about it unless you have other questions!

THATS WHAT I WAS THINKING about the mom thing. The only thing is she’s still connected to my bank account because I have no idea how to do a lot of college-related money stuff, and I’m very wary of purchasing anything she’d say I was wasting money on. But I’ll remember that next time she complains. I wanted a 5gal tank for him, but I don’t really have the room, and he also has to move out every break and go to my aunts house about 15 miles away. I’m gonna probably try the fish-in cycling-he’ll be pissed off at me but I think he’ll be happier in the long run.

Huhuhuhu friend, I move in and out of college with three ten gallon tanks, for a 45 minute drive. A single 5 gallon 15 miles away is not going to very hard ^_^

Also you don’t have to move him out for every little break - A betta is fine without you for a week (but no more since weekly water changes are a thing).

And I get you with the mom thing, but seriously it is about time you act like an adult in front of her (trust me this is a thing) you can make your own decisions, it’s your pet and you are taking care of it.

And yep, fish-in cycling.

You got it. I guess moving him is gonna be fun-maybe I’ll re-use his bowl as a sort of mobile home so he doesn’t get sloshed around in a tank. Any air pumps you might recommend? I found one called the Marina Cool air pump on Amazon with great reviews, but I’m wary of buying online stuff that I’m not sure will work. Also thank you so much omg

Actually I would not recommend using his bowl to move him - there is a specific method to moving a fish! You should bag him or cup him. Smaller water volumes are actually better during moving because it limits sloshing around. Then you pack said bag or cup in towels then in something stable like a box or bucket. The darkness de-stresses them and the towels keep them padded.

Also for air pumps - Tetra whisper air pumps all the way! They’re blessedly quiet; I have three and have never had a problem.

I've been working on improving my Betta, Fishmael's living conditions. For context, I'm in a dorm and my mother feels I don't have the time, space or money to give him care she feels is unnecessary. I managed to upgrade him to a 2.5 gallon tank with a heater and the week he's been in it he's been crazy happy! My mom says I don't need a filter, but I'm POSITIVE he needs one. Unfortunately, I have no idea how to cycle it if I do build one since his tank is already established with him in it. :/

Hi! What you want to do is called fish-in cycling. You can read about it here.

Basically the moment you add a place for the bacteria to colonize (the filter) they will start to do so because there is an ammonia source (the fish) and the bacteria are attracted to that! The thing is you have to do DAILY water changes while this process is happening because while the bacteria establish, there are very high spikes of ammonia and nitrite (both toxic to the fish!) that can be very bad for the fish unless you do those big water changes to keep him safe.

Even in the tank as it sits now, you should be doing daily 50% water changes to keep ammonia down, because there’s no cycle to get rid of that ammonia for you!

what-the-fiish:

smuppetbuttfluff:

kai-ni:

smuppetbuttfluff:

I am indeed doing daily water changes, but I’m only doing about 30 percent to lessen stress on Fishmael. I was thinking that perhaps I could use his old bowl with removed tank water in it to cycle the filter? Is that a thing that would work or is that a dumb idea? Also, it’s really really difficult to explain how much my mother thinks I shouldn’t have a filter. She didn’t even want me to get the fish. Is there any other information I can give you to get on track of what I need to do?

You’re in college right? So your mother can (in crude terms) piss off. You’re an adult. You’re going to take good care of the pet that YOU are responsible for. If anything she should be glad you’re taking responsibility, try throwing that one at her.

I would up the % of the water change - a little water change stress is better than ammonia poisoning. Because you’re only changing 30% of the water, you’re only removing 30% of the ammonia. So you get behind each day. 70% is left in, and another 100% of that accumulates the next day. So assume you had 1ppm on day one - you do a 30% change, and now you have .7ppm. The next day, you have 1.7ppm. You do a 30% change that day, now you have .9ppm. See how it keeps going up and up, despite your changes?

(Okay my math may not be perfect, I’m an artist, but the idea is there you get it right).

You need to do at LEAST 50% to stay ‘ahead’. Or you get progressively higher ammonia.

About cycling the filter in his bowl, not really - it’s really hard to hold a cycle in  ANYTHING smaller than 2.5 gallons. You may have a bit of trouble holding one in a 2.5; 5 gallons is really ideal.

mmmm I think that’s about it unless you have other questions!

THATS WHAT I WAS THINKING about the mom thing. The only thing is she’s still connected to my bank account because I have no idea how to do a lot of college-related money stuff, and I’m very wary of purchasing anything she’d say I was wasting money on. But I’ll remember that next time she complains. I wanted a 5gal tank for him, but I don’t really have the room, and he also has to move out every break and go to my aunts house about 15 miles away. I’m gonna probably try the fish-in cycling-he’ll be pissed off at me but I think he’ll be happier in the long run.

If you do the fish in cycle and want to lessen any kind of danger to your betta just get a nice amount easy live plants :) they’ll make the toxicity levels of the ammonia nitrite and nitrate more bearable plus you’ll have some nice live plants. Since I’m assuming you either have no light or low light, anubias and java ferns are great! OR A MARIMO BALL or multiple marimo balls. Plants will help with the fish in cycle so yeah.

Honestly I disagree. No plant is going to help absorb the toxins to any significant degree in a tank that small. People always say that, and pet stores will market plants as little ‘filters’ but it simply isn’t true - yes the plants do ‘feed’ on the toxins, but not to any noticeable degree on a small scale.

And I say on a small scale specifically because it is possible to have a large scale walstad tank where the plants ‘eat’ the toxins, but one or two plants is NOT going to do nothing measurable.

derlingunicorn:

His behavior wasn’t like this prior to the betta fix… Fishy had the same behavior. Could the betta fix have gotten him sick already?

kai-ni

I’m no expert in fishy behavior but he’s either

1. trying to get away from something

or

2. seeing his reflection and trying to GET AT IT

If you removed all the bettafix from the water I wouldn’t worry about it.

I've been working on improving my Betta, Fishmael's living conditions. For context, I'm in a dorm and my mother feels I don't have the time, space or money to give him care she feels is unnecessary. I managed to upgrade him to a 2.5 gallon tank with a heater and the week he's been in it he's been crazy happy! My mom says I don't need a filter, but I'm POSITIVE he needs one. Unfortunately, I have no idea how to cycle it if I do build one since his tank is already established with him in it. :/

Hi! What you want to do is called fish-in cycling. You can read about it here.

Basically the moment you add a place for the bacteria to colonize (the filter) they will start to do so because there is an ammonia source (the fish) and the bacteria are attracted to that! The thing is you have to do DAILY water changes while this process is happening because while the bacteria establish, there are very high spikes of ammonia and nitrite (both toxic to the fish!) that can be very bad for the fish unless you do those big water changes to keep him safe.

Even in the tank as it sits now, you should be doing daily 50% water changes to keep ammonia down, because there’s no cycle to get rid of that ammonia for you!

smuppetbuttfluff:

kai-ni:

smuppetbuttfluff:

I am indeed doing daily water changes, but I’m only doing about 30 percent to lessen stress on Fishmael. I was thinking that perhaps I could use his old bowl with removed tank water in it to cycle the filter? Is that a thing that would work or is that a dumb idea? Also, it’s really really difficult to explain how much my mother thinks I shouldn’t have a filter. She didn’t even want me to get the fish. Is there any other information I can give you to get on track of what I need to do?

You’re in college right? So your mother can (in crude terms) piss off. You’re an adult. You’re going to take good care of the pet that YOU are responsible for. If anything she should be glad you’re taking responsibility, try throwing that one at her.

I would up the % of the water change - a little water change stress is better than ammonia poisoning. Because you’re only changing 30% of the water, you’re only removing 30% of the ammonia. So you get behind each day. 70% is left in, and another 100% of that accumulates the next day. So assume you had 1ppm on day one - you do a 30% change, and now you have .7ppm. The next day, you have 1.7ppm. You do a 30% change that day, now you have .9ppm. See how it keeps going up and up, despite your changes?

(Okay my math may not be perfect, I’m an artist, but the idea is there you get it right).

You need to do at LEAST 50% to stay ‘ahead’. Or you get progressively higher ammonia.

About cycling the filter in his bowl, not really - it’s really hard to hold a cycle in  ANYTHING smaller than 2.5 gallons. You may have a bit of trouble holding one in a 2.5; 5 gallons is really ideal.

mmmm I think that’s about it unless you have other questions!

THATS WHAT I WAS THINKING about the mom thing. The only thing is she’s still connected to my bank account because I have no idea how to do a lot of college-related money stuff, and I’m very wary of purchasing anything she’d say I was wasting money on. But I’ll remember that next time she complains. I wanted a 5gal tank for him, but I don’t really have the room, and he also has to move out every break and go to my aunts house about 15 miles away. I’m gonna probably try the fish-in cycling-he’ll be pissed off at me but I think he’ll be happier in the long run.

Huhuhuhu friend, I move in and out of college with three ten gallon tanks, for a 45 minute drive. A single 5 gallon 15 miles away is not going to very hard ^_^

Also you don’t have to move him out for every little break - A betta is fine without you for a week (but no more since weekly water changes are a thing).

And I get you with the mom thing, but seriously it is about time you act like an adult in front of her (trust me this is a thing) you can make your own decisions, it’s your pet and you are taking care of it.

And yep, fish-in cycling.

the-wild-buttsex:

HELLO BETTA LOVERS

the-wild-buttsex:

I’m in need of some help with my fish. I have an albino, adult male betta fish at home and he’s acting a bit strange compared to my others. Whenever he is relaxing, he rests in a sort of diagonal position with his head down. He also doesn’t eat as much food as the other…

Well he’s still in the container that he came in. I haven’t had time to change it with school and all. I don’t know what nitrite is, but he’s in the bathroom with the others, but they are separated from each other so they can’t see each other. We keep the house at 71-73 degrees Fahrenheit.

That’s probably your problem… he’s probably been sitting in that container without water changes for a while in the pet store and the ammonia has built up and you’re just letting him sit there in his own filth and choke. Lethargy and lack of appetite is a sign of ammonia poisoning.

Also, Betta are tropical fish… they need temperatures of 75-80 degrees F to thrive. Cold (such as 71 degrees, and keep in mind water is always colder than the room around so they’re most likely at a horrible 67-68) leaves them lethargic, their immune system compromised, and leads to lack of appetite and fatty tissue degeneration, which is fatal over time.

What size are your other fish kept in? Do you not test for ammonia/nitrite or nitrate in ANY of their tanks?

 Betta need at least 2.5 gallons to thrive, 5 gallons being better and easier to hold a nitrogen cycle in. The nitrogen cycle is the most important aspect of fishkeeping as it keeps the fish safe from the toxic ammonia they breathe.

Here are some resources for you, please look over them:

Betta care flier

Tank Cycling

Betta care sheet

Another great Betta care sheet

How to set up a betta tank

Betta Myths Debunked

Why bowls and Jars are bad homes for Betta

Temporary Betta setups