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New betta tank
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Just set up my new betta tank Big Grin all the invitro plants arrived today so i thought i might as well get started with the planting. All plants are now in place including floating frogbit, heater has been set to 26degs, filter running and light on. Now its just a waiting game i suppose, have ordered some tetra safe start to get the bacteria going and will add small doses of ammonia as and when necessary.

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Great looking set up.
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Looking great , is it a 40 liter ?


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That’s looking really good!!
150l
Apistogramma Hongsloi (Basil & Bertha), Ember Tetras, Sulawesi & Nerite snail, Pygmy Cory & fry (C Hastatus), Oto’s, emerald eyes, 2 Honey Gouramis (Sam & Dean), Ghost Shrimp & not forgetting the 3 orphaned mosquito raspboras
40l
Betta Splendens (Kung Fu Bob), Nerite snail, Salt & Pepper Pygmy Cory
100l (I think.....)
2 Fancy Goldfish (2 Ronnie’s) & their 2 snail friends, Woody & Buzz
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That looks really good, even before it's grown in.
Planning on having anything to live with the Betta?
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Its a 30litre, I’ve had to remove one piece of the wood as it was affecting the water flow, so just the one piece in there now. This morning the water is a bit cloudy but that’s to be expected.

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I’ve just moved the filter across to the left and heater to the right, this means i can have my other piece of wood back where it was and the flow around the tank is unaffected. I like the other bit of wood as I’ve put moss on the top and thought it would be a great resting place near the surface out of the flow for the betta

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Well I’ve added nothing to the tank but already there is ammonia present reading 1.0ppm? Is this right? What should i do next? Do i leave it?
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Since there is no livestock inside i would leave it and retest every second day until it is fully cycled. The bacteria booster will definitely help but 1.0 is a lot , maybe the wood is rotting ? Is there soil on the bottom ?

Also a good idea to test your tap water for ammonia.

Curious to see what is causing a spike like that , best of luck Smile
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(26-09-2019, 02:17 PM)GeorgeDK Wrote: Since there is no livestock inside i would leave it and retest every second day until it is fully cycled. The bacteria booster will definitely help but 1.0 is a lot , maybe the wood is rotting ? Is there soil on the bottom ?

Also a good idea to test your tap water for ammonia.

Curious to see what is causing a spike like that , best of luck Smile
There is no soil, just sand, i have some tetra safe start coming today, should i add this? Just tested my tap water and its showing 0ppm.
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You can definitely add Safe Start , i would recommend 60-80% of the recommended dosage because too much bacteria can cause an ammonia spike as the tank balances .

Not a big problem because the tank is empty but i think its better and faster to let them grow to a point rather than adding too much.

Bacteria will multiply or die off depending on how much food they have availible so once they are in there you should be good .

Also keep an eye on the plants , you want them as healthy as possible so they can work towards balancing water chemistry.

Hope this helps !



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(26-09-2019, 02:44 PM)GeorgeDK Wrote: You can definitely add Safe Start , i would recommend 60-80% of the recommended dosage because too much bacteria can cause an ammonia spike as the tank balances .

Not a big problem because the tank is empty but i think its better and faster to let them grow to a point rather than adding too much.

Bacteria will multiply or die off depending on how much food they have availible so once they are in there you should be good .

Also keep an eye on the plants , you want them as healthy as possible so they can work towards balancing water chemistry.

Hope this helps !



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Thanks George, once I’ve added the safe start i gather i just test daily and keep an eye on the ammonia levels, if they drop to zero then i can add some ammonia to keep the cycle going.
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Too much bacteria wouldnt cause a spike, more likely the opposite in that it would clear a spike quicker. For the safe start to work the ammonia needs to be below 1ppm as too much ammonia can cause the likes of tetra safe start or seachem stability to not work properly as too much ammonia causes them to die back (only in the bacteria in a bottle stuff).
I would do a 50% change ti bring it down slightly then add the tss or seachem stability. Please note TSS cant be used with prime, the prime binds the food source making it unavailable
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Well i think I’m making a slight bit of progress in the tank, ammonia has dropped to 0.5ppm from 1.0ppm so it looks like things are on the move, no nitrite reading yet but I’m keeping my beady 👁 on things.
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Ammonia is now 0.25ppm but no nitrite? Do I just leave it? What happens if the ammonia drops to zero?
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Well the plants will also eat ammonia, how are the other parameters looking ? Can you see bacteria building on the filter ?
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