Not true, bettas can quickly become fin chewers. It's like a bad habit really caused by nervousness on some, just habit with others. Common in the halfmoons I believe but don't quote me on that. I have a girlfriend who has a fin chewer...she's moved him to different tanks trying to make him happy but he just keeps doing it.
Learn something new every day.. I have never in a million years thought that. Find gone = I immediately think fin rot.
I use stress guard on my betta, it helps the fins grow back and chills him out. i wish i had betta prozac for him.
mabj, first time i saw it i thought his fin got caught in the filter. it actually looks like something ate their fin - you see a ragged edge. right now my half moon looks horrible. it's been 2 weeks and he still looks pretty bad. normally within a day or two they grow back. betta are weird fish. i've had a few each with different personalities.
my current guy is very attached to me and gets pissed if i travel or get busy and don't have my morning coffee with him. he kills ANYTHING in his tank and plays hunter all day. when i go to feed him he jumps toward my hand to 'grab' the food (full body out of the water) so i keep the water VERY low in his bowl. super smart, and likes me to re-arrange his tank every few weeks. he also is a heavy sleeper, try and wake him up before he's ready and you can't - and if you DO manage he is PISSED and nasty then gives you his back for a few days (and yes, that means more fin chewing). if you try and take a photo of one of the other fish he splashes and jumps to get your attention - it's all about him.
-- he is VERY high maintenance. if he was my first betta prob would have never had others - i love him but he's a bit demanding.
i have a tank that i put some cherries in, they died in 24 hours. did a water change check parms (100% fine) put more in .. died 24 hours.
i have purgen in the tank for the last 48 hours.
i have tried with UV on and UV off.
added some extra prime, and stability... same thing.. shrimp dead within 24 hours.
oh, the shrimp cleaned all but one spot on the drift wood .. not one shrimp touched that spot (odd)
Provided your test kits are right.
Several large w/cs later and the problem still exists. If it was pathogenic flora not only did the reproduce amazingly but survived your sterilizer and left no marks at all on your shrimp!
Can't see it
Prime« detoxifies nitrite and nitrate, allowing the biofilter to more efficiently remove them. It will also detoxify any heavy metals found in the tap water at typical concentration levels...
Since you added extra prime that rules out heavy metals from supply or they are so high that you are also in danger. Personally, I wouldn't add more chelating agents. If I did it would be sphagnum moss to a filter but I don't think it's required.
Purigen is pretty aggressive at removing stuff too.
thanks... i know i'm pulling at straws but that seems to be all that is left.
i may try and find a really small piece of Manzanita - which i haven't been able to find (need a piece about 2x2.5) does anyone know if it's easy to cut if i get a bigger piece. it's a pain that i have get a big piece and use a little. oh, well.
Water doesn't contain the beneficial bacteria needed to "cycle" a tank.
And unfortunately, you can't always move a shrimp from tank to tank without acclimating unless those tanks are 100% connected, share the same filtration, same substrate, etc. Even slight differences can be problematic.
Somewhatshocked, okay i thought the water did contain some good stuff. i have bio balls in the filter already just thought it would "help"
if they weren't cherry shrimp i wouldn't just toss them in, but those buggers are pretty hardy. The water parms "test" the same, but i'm sure there are differences.
i'll keep that in mind.
Some shipments of 'decorative wood' are treated by quarantine authorities in many countries. Might not affect fish (baring Loricariidae) but could well affect grazers feeding on flora directly on the wood.
If you putting Stability in the tank you're fine. Provided it's not to old.
I'm guessing most UV units are useless. A Chinese manufacturer can bodgy up a 'design' then claim it's 'designed' to work even if it doesn't. Then list the effects of UVG (but not this particular unit) on the box.
If you get one that does work well, then to say, as many people do, that they don't affect nitrophilic bacteria in the column prior to adhesion is a nonsense.
One that does work would be useful in killing ich trophonts or some definite outbreak I suppose, but it's a bit indiscriminate for me. Kill 'em all the good and the bad.