Cycling Aquarium Water – Keeping Betta Diseases at Bay By Elizabeth Christopher

April 10, 2010

Cycling Aquarium Water – Keeping Betta Diseases at Bay
By Elizabeth Christopher

Cycling aquarium water is the easiest and most effective way to keep betta diseases at bay. Often called the nitrification process, the tank set-up process, or water change process, cycling aquarium water refers to the process of building up good bacteria in your tank water, substrate and filter. This good bacteria then turns harmful ammonia into beneficial nitrates for your fish.

The vast majority of ammonia in your tank comes from the waste of your fish. If the right types of bacteria are not established when cycling aquarium water, these higher levels of waste and ammonia deteriorate the water quality, causing bad bacteria to weaken your fish, leaving them susceptible to many betta diseases.

Cycling aquarium water is a process that takes two to eight weeks, and should be attempted BEFORE you add your fish. It involves some simple steps, and a few necessary items.

1 – Test, Test, Test!

You need an aquarium test kit that checks for ammonia, nitrites, nitrates and pH. Test the water at the same time of day for several days and write down your readings. The test kit will have instructions as to how to use it. Betta diseases are very easy to avoid, and testing your fish’s water condition is a major first step when cycling aquarium water.

2 – Add Nitrogen – Really!

Nitrogen is bad for your fish at high levels, but is necessary to cycle your tank. Add fish food to your fishless tank twice a day just as you would if you had fish. You can alternately drop a piece of fish one inch by two inches in instead. A commercial way to do this is to purchase liquid ammonia and add 5 drops per ten gallons of water. Add three drops per ten gallons of water daily after.

3 – Continue Testing – Where are the Nitrites?

After you notice ammonia present in your water, you will begin to get nitrite readings. This is just what you need to wipe out any betta diseases caused by bad bacteria. Soon after the intial nitrite readings, you will get nitrates showing up. At this stage, you need to do a 30% water change in your tank, and you are ready to add your fish.

Cycling aquarium water properly is a must if you are going to raise healthy, long-lasting bettas. By eradicating betta diseases before they get a foothold in your tank, you can extend your betta’s lifespan to three to five years. Always consult a comprehensive betta care guide when cycling your tank.

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Elizabeth here.

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I Want to Buy Betta Fish – Where Do I Start?

February 17, 2010

Before you buy betta fish, you should get their tank set up. Some aquarists new to the hobby buy betta fish from a pet store and leave them in the tiny betta fish bowls they are housed in. While your betta can survive in a small amount of water with little to no water circulation, they certainly will not thrive there. You probably chose bettas because of their amazing colors and fin plumage. If you want your fish to thrive and be the happiest, healthiest betta he can be, you will need to upgrade to a larger betta house when you buy betta supplies.

I buy betta tanks no smaller than five gallons, and prefer ten gallon tanks, because they make breeding, and adding betta tankmates and betta plants much easier. With a larger betta tank, you will also be providing your fish with many more chances to show off their individual personality.

Betta fish prefer shallow depths, so when choosing a betta tank, buy something lower and wider instead of deep. Not only will this make your water changes and maintenance easier, but it will also give your betta an environment most like his natural habitat.

Your betta has to eat. So, when you buy betta fish food, make sure that the food size is appropriate for your fish. I prefer flakes at first if the betta is small, and then pellets at later stages of his growth. There are a lot of options out there, but I prefer a standard betta flake food product. You can also use freeze-dried brine.

You of course will need to buy betta supplies like a net, lid for the betta tank, heater and filter. Buy a sponge filter, because good bacteria will grow in the filter collection area, and will provide the nitrates your fish needs to fight off diseases. When purchasing a heater, three to five watts per gallon will be sufficient. Hood selection and accessories like nets are not as important. Get what works for you.

Buy your betta an aquarium test kit, and cyle his tank before you add him. There are many good betta care guides that walk you through the water cycling process. This is the most important step in your fish’s young life! Follow the directions, and add fish. Be forewarned, cycling aquarium water takes two to eight weeks, so you will have to be prepared to wait. But, when cycled properly, your betta tank will have pristine water quality, and your fish can live up to five years.

Hi guys,
Elizabeth here.
I just wanted to let you in on a special offer that a friend of mine has made available to the readers of my blog.

Adam Short has been raising Betta Fish for over 25 years, and has compiled all his extensive knowledge into the most comprehensive, no “B. S.” (baloney sandwich) betta care guide I have found. I have personally been raising bettas for 20 years, and was amazed at the amount of information in this e-Book that I would never have known, like how to get bettas to live up to 5 years!

For a limited time, if you use this special link …
http://www.GodzillaFish.info
you will receive this amazing Betta Care Guide
at a special price, and
4 FREE bonuses.

Here’s what you get –

1 – Betta Care Guide – regular price $19.77 – sale price $14.77
Already over 970 happy customers. (I personally value this guide at over $100, it is that good.)

2 – Medicine Checklist – regular price $4.95 – sale price FREE!
A list of products to keep in your Betta medicine chest. A must have.

3 – Online Shopping Checklist – regular price $4.95 – sale price FREE!
A list of the best places to shop online for Betta supplies.

4 – Aquarium Checklist – regular price $4.95 – sale price FREE!
A complete list of all of the items you need to start and run your Betta aquarium the right way.

5 – Specific Offers and Reviews – regular price $4.95 – sale price FREE!

This is a $39.57 value … and you can get it today for only $14.77.
That’s about the cost of two betta fish (or one nice one!).

Adam is allowing this special offer to go to only the
NEXT 50 36 buyers who use this special link … http://www.GodzillaFish.info

This is the same course I refer to every day, and I know it can help enrich your life and the lives of your beautiful bettas.

Elizabeth

P.S.
When you get the course, let me know
what you think and I will post
your input here!

ElizabethChristopher@BettaFacts.info


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