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post #1 of 68 (permalink) Old 11-18-2016, 01:12 PM Thread Starter
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10 Gallon Betta Tank

Just started this tank almost 2 weeks ago. I apologize for the pictures, they're not the best quality. It's still a work in progress and I currently have my excess plants inside til I trade them in.
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I like the rocks. Your Betta will be very happy. What kind of filter do you have?
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I like the rocks. Your Betta will be very happy. What kind of filter do you have?
I swapped out the filter that came with that tank with the tetra whisper 10 I had in my 20 gallon tank. It's still in the middle of cycling. The rocks are Dragon stone aka Ohko stones. A member of the forums gave me a great deal on them. Ended up buying like 12 lbs of it with the driftwood.

Yea I really want a betta.
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10 - 15 gallons is the perfect size for a Betta home and gives enough room to grow some nice plants for him.

I just did a quick set up of a 15 gallon I had laying around and purchased a fluval c2 to filter it. I keep it at the lowest setting and it is great for my Betta, half the tank has still water so the filter does not overpower with flow.

Looking forward to watching your progress.
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Lovely tank for a betta
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33G community, 12G and 6.6G betta.
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I've hit a bit of a wall on the cycling. Nitrites have been stuck at 0.25-0.50 PPM. It only lowers when I do partial water changes. It will raise when I dose some ammonia, so I know ammonia is being used up. I haven't tested for Nitrates yet. The tank has miracle grow potting soil capped with menards brand blasting sand. Any suggestions? According to the Walstad method, I can add fish since the soil already has the beneficial bacteria and as long as I dose Prime with partial water changes til the water parameters are ideal.
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What are your other water parameters? If you have a low pH it could be slowing the development of bacteria.
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What are your other water parameters? If you have a low pH it could be slowing the development of bacteria.
My PH is 7.8, Ammonia 0, Nitrites 0.25-0.50, GH 10 KH 8, 78 Degrees Fahrenheit. I will do more tests when I get home.
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That's a beautiful start. Great home for a betta.
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That's a beautiful start. Great home for a betta.
Thank you! I'm getting a bit antsy with the cycling. I didn't have to wait this long on my 20 gallon tank. But then again I used eco complete for that one and not miracle grow potting soil. I really want to get a betta asap. It's a waiting game right now.
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Thank you! I'm getting a bit antsy with the cycling. I didn't have to wait this long on my 20 gallon tank. But then again I used eco complete for that one and not miracle grow potting soil. I really want to get a betta asap. It's a waiting game right now.
LFS had a betta the other day I *really* wanted. My tank is cycled enough for a single betta for sure (maybe not enough bacteria for full bioload but enough to process a small load end to end), but I really want to wait for the plants to all get established.

I'm not patient enough to be a good fishkeeper, haha.

As far as your cycle, might be worth grabbing the small bottle of Tetra SafeStart from a Petco. It's only $6-7 and for me it has worked on two tanks, now, establishing the bacteria quickly.
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LFS had a betta the other day I *really* wanted. My tank is cycled enough for a single betta for sure (maybe not enough bacteria for full bioload but enough to process a small load end to end), but I really want to wait for the plants to all get established.

I'm not patient enough to be a good fishkeeper, haha.

As far as your cycle, might be worth grabbing the small bottle of Tetra SafeStart from a Petco. It's only $6-7 and for me it has worked on two tanks, now, establishing the bacteria quickly.
I hear ya. My gf found this gorgeous Dragon scale betta at our LFS. Felt like a spoiled little kid who didn't get their way inside haha. I'm sure my LFS will have some equally beautiful bettas. I try my best not to mess with my fish inside my other tank. I have 7 juvenile female guppies(all male guppies jumped out :/) , 12 juvenile neon tetras, 3 SAE's about 2 inches each and a ton of snails. Every so often I will find a neon tetra just floating around :/ .

Just waiting it out til my tank can handle a small surge of ammonia and nitrites in 24 hours. Not there yet with the Nitrites though.
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I've started doing larger water changes lately. After dosing ammonia to about 4PPM, I wait til the ammonia is zero then change out the water to bring the nitrites down. This is taking a lot longer than I had anticipated. I think I was not proactive enough earlier on. I'm changing that and will be doing daily water changes til i get the parameters right. I will keep dosing ammonia to at least 2PPM, wait 24 hours til it zeros out, test for nitrites and change the water out to keep nitrite levels under 5PPM. Hopefully being more diligent will pay off sooner.
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Say what! Its finally cycled. So worth it. Still won't be getting my betta til this weekend though haha. Time to double check and dose more ammonia.



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