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    10-25-2011, 10:07 PM
  #21
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Calmwaters    
PM me your address and when I get a chance I will send you some anyway. I know you are a starveing college student. LOL It may take me a little while but I will send you some.
Oh thanks! That sounds great.
     
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    10-29-2011, 06:52 AM
  #22
Yearling
Alright. Update time. My betta is looking better just by doing 50% water changes daily. My Pleco is also going to be added to my Zoo Keeping Tech's 35 gallon community tank on Monday.

Secondly, I'm a little bit confused on how I should be going about letting the tank cycle with TSS. Because what you both said was to do 50% water changes daily.... But I'm not sure if that could interfere with the TSS? A little late to ask I suppose, but it just occurred to me.

Also, the Lifeguard meds say to re-supplement every 24 hours, so I'm not sure if I would be harming or helping the tank to add the meds while the tank is cycling? Should I be waiting til after the tank is cycled to add the meds or should I do it at the same time?

Thanks again. =)
     
    10-29-2011, 12:09 PM
  #23
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by DraftyAiresMum    
Calmwaters is also absolutely correct about what will happen to your pleco if kept in a tank too small for it. It doesn't matter if you upgrade to a 10gal, even as soon as possible. The tank is still too small for it and it will die a very painful death if not kept in a properly-sized tank and allowed to grow like normal.
This is very interesting to know. Me and my mother had tropical fish for a few years as a kid and I had a pleco and even though I had read books and such (this was back before my family had the internet) I had never heard about this. I really think that people from "aquarium petshops" should really tell people a bit about some of the needs of fish when they sell them. While the owner should try and find all the right information, basic fish keeping books don't tell you about this. Luckily out tank was quite large, at least over 30 gallons, so I think it was okay, but I don't know. It lived quite a while and in the end we gave our fish tank, and the pleco and fish, to a close friend who would appreciate it much more.

I hope your Betta is okay.
     
    10-30-2011, 10:03 AM
  #24
Weanling
Sakia- Your are right the pet stores should tell people the info about the fish but unfortuantly the majority of the employees are uneducated or just want to make the sale exspecially in big chain stores. That is why its very important to research any fish you get before you add it to your tank just like any other pet you bring into your home.

Iryde- The meds will not hurt the tanks cycle process so you can add them at the same time. I am really glad you are doing the right thing for the pleco and that the betta is looking better.
     
    10-30-2011, 02:00 PM
  #25
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Calmwaters    
Sakia- Your are right the pet stores should tell people the info about the fish but unfortuantly the majority of the employees are uneducated or just want to make the sale exspecially in big chain stores. That is why its very important to research any fish you get before you add it to your tank just like any other pet you bring into your home.

Iryde- The meds will not hurt the tanks cycle process so you can add them at the same time. I am really glad you are doing the right thing for the pleco and that the betta is looking better.
Ok, thanks for letting me know. Also, by doing 50% water changes as the tank is cycling/medicating, am I hurting the tank?
     
    10-30-2011, 07:01 PM
  #26
Weanling
As long as you are just removeing the water not rinseing any decor or gravel it will not effect the cycle but will greatly help the fish's health. There is very little of the benefical bacteria that grows actually in the water it is mostly on the filter, gravel, and decor. Also after the tank is cycled anytime you do a water change all you have to do is rinse the filter media off in the bucket of water you have removed from the tank that way you to not kill the good bacteria. The only time you want to replace the filter media is if it is completely falling apart. ; )
     
    10-30-2011, 11:44 PM
  #27
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Calmwaters    
As long as you are just removeing the water not rinseing any decor or gravel it will not effect the cycle but will greatly help the fish's health. There is very little of the benefical bacteria that grows actually in the water it is mostly on the filter, gravel, and decor. Also after the tank is cycled anytime you do a water change all you have to do is rinse the filter media off in the bucket of water you have removed from the tank that way you to not kill the good bacteria. The only time you want to replace the filter media is if it is completely falling apart. ; )
Thank you! That is exactly what I needed to know. Trying to do so much at once gets kind of confusing. =)
     
    10-31-2011, 02:40 PM
  #28
Weanling
LOL I understand. Good luck with your schooling and let us know if you need anymore help. ; )
     
    10-31-2011, 10:39 PM
  #29
Yearling
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Originally Posted by Calmwaters    
LOL I understand. Good luck with your schooling and let us know if you need anymore help. ; )
Thank you! :)
     
    11-06-2011, 12:26 AM
  #30
Yearling
Update: Pleco's gone now and I've been keeping up with the water changes and all.
I'm on day 10 of Lifeguard treatment, as it said to give a break for one day after the 5th day...and well...
My betta looked like he WAS improving, but in the past day or so he's been either really listless and lying around and hiding, or he's been swimming the tank like mad, he also has been darting in and out of the plants like he is itchy.
I've also noticed his lateral line has turned almost a light grey/white, his belly has turned white and his eyes are still partially cloudy. He is eating off and on, but today has barely touched anything, and he's refusing to flare up even with encouragement from his favorite color, and his fins are still super droopy.

I'm super confused and really concerned, I don't know what else I can really do for him.
     
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