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#1 mannyspunk

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Posted 22 April 2011 - 01:25 PM

Hi, everyone! I know I shouldn't have, but there was this betta that wouldn't let me leave him in Walmart, so I went ahead and bought him since I know I have some empty tanks at home. :) Anyway, I set up his new bowl but decided to test the water in his cup first and let me tell you, his water is off the charts! Ammonia is every bit of 8ppm, nitrite is between .5 and 1ppm, and nitrate is hovering around 160. I want to get him in his new home ASAP (because he's already breathing heavily), but his water's ph is 6.4 while mine is usually 7.8. Right now he's in his cup with half original water and half new water, and I put some aquarium salt in the new bowl to help with his gills since they're probably heavily damaged. I know that with such a gap in ph, it's best to take a long time to acclimate them, but with his params so high, which is worse? High ammo, nitrites, and nitrates, or going from acid to alkaline water within a relatively short amount of time (I'm thinking 2 hours max)? Any suggestions appreciated!

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Posted 22 April 2011 - 01:50 PM

Just take it slow. Personally I would forgo the salt for awhile and just let him be in clean water. Methylene blue is great for ammonia poisoning if you have some around. Does this poor guy have a heater? I sure hope you complained to someone at WalMart about him!

#3 mannyspunk

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Posted 22 April 2011 - 02:08 PM

No heater. It's pretty warm here so the tanks stay around 75 without them. And I've heard good things about methylene blue, but it seems like I can never find it. Anyway, right now I'm adding new water to his cup every 45 minutes. I'll probably keep that up for about 2-3 hours, then release him in the bowl. I swear, I've never seen readings so high on that water kit... I hope he makes it.

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Posted 07 May 2012 - 03:23 PM

This is late but I adopted my Beta from walmart last monday :P He was in filthy water and I'm not exactly experienced but because his water was so ew and he looked horrible I went head cleaned the little tank with hot water cleaned everything else with hot water, got it to a nice temperature of 80 and moved him over (after using water conditioner and letting it sit for a few minutes) he's now home with me and doesn't great! I know I should have been more careful but there was no way I was going to let him sit in that water (and there was a crack so the level of water was low) I also put some of his water into his new home and he really is fine) I'm now learning all this stuff but he seems to be ok lol

#5 Susurro

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Posted 16 May 2012 - 12:27 PM

75 is too low for a betta. They need 78-80 degrees, 75 is just too low for them. Water temps that low won't help with healing or their metabolism.

#6 mannyspunk

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Posted 16 May 2012 - 03:16 PM

He's gotten much bigger now, and I've put him in a 5g with a heater. This is a bit old, but check out this video of him. Sorry it's so crappy :-/ I did it with my cell phone (not sure what that clicking is)!


Edited by mannyspunk, 16 May 2012 - 03:18 PM.


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Posted 16 May 2012 - 05:12 PM

Just buy some spring water for him.

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Posted 16 May 2012 - 07:56 PM

Whoa, old thread...

betta_man, spring water won't solve these problems...

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 09:14 AM

Sorry, that would be my fault, I didn't look at the original thread year, just the month part of the date. I probably shouldn't post when I'm sleep deprived and in a really really down mood. Makes for poor attention to detail.

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 11:10 AM

If the ammonia, nitrates, and nitrites are high, then they might be coming from the tap and buying spring water would help it. Sometimes my brain still says it is 2011 lol so I got confused.

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Posted 17 May 2012 - 01:00 PM

The topic was about dirty water in the betta's cup from the store.




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