Fish Are Friends, Not Food

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kai-ni:

This is why it is vitally important that 80%-100% water changes be done DAILY during tank cycling. 
(What is tank cycling? The most important aspect of keeping fish! Have a look here)
These readings are before water change -> after water change. (and the reading is .25 after, not 0)
As you guys know, I just moved. And in moving my tanks, their cycles had to re-establish. Two of my three tanks are already back on track, but this tank had JUST re-established before I moved so it was more fragile and the nitrite eating bacteria died off.
I have been doing 75% water changes every 12 hours and STILL the nitrite climbs to serious levels in that time. (I also dose prime in the tank so don’t worry about the babs).
That high reading? Is again, just 12 hours after the last change. I’m livid because I seem to have completely lost my nitrite-eating bacteria.
(I’ve now put some seeding material from one of the established tanks in, so it should get better soon).
But the point is, if you are forced into doing fish-in cycling by circumstance (bought the fish in ignorance, or rescued it) daily water changes are 100% necessary. Don’t miss even one.
And this is also why you should never just USE live fish to cycle a tank - imagine NEVER doing water changes, through this? Torturous.

kai-ni:

This is why it is vitally important that 80%-100% water changes be done DAILY during tank cycling.

(What is tank cycling? The most important aspect of keeping fish! Have a look here)

These readings are before water change -> after water change. (and the reading is .25 after, not 0)

As you guys know, I just moved. And in moving my tanks, their cycles had to re-establish. Two of my three tanks are already back on track, but this tank had JUST re-established before I moved so it was more fragile and the nitrite eating bacteria died off.

I have been doing 75% water changes every 12 hours and STILL the nitrite climbs to serious levels in that time. (I also dose prime in the tank so don’t worry about the babs).

That high reading? Is again, just 12 hours after the last change. I’m livid because I seem to have completely lost my nitrite-eating bacteria.

(I’ve now put some seeding material from one of the established tanks in, so it should get better soon).

But the point is, if you are forced into doing fish-in cycling by circumstance (bought the fish in ignorance, or rescued it) daily water changes are 100% necessary. Don’t miss even one.

And this is also why you should never just USE live fish to cycle a tank - imagine NEVER doing water changes, through this? Torturous.

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i went to the LFS by the school here and all the bettas looked pretty bad… they were all in cups except for a couple in slightly larger bowls. none of them looked good and one of them was pineconing the poor babies

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Handy Articles Master post

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This is the master post of all the articles and care sheets I’ve written. Enjoy!

Fish stuff:

Why it’s so hard to convince people goldfish bowls are bad and bettas don’t live in puddles

Aquarium Cycling

Aquarium Stocking

Stocking Nano Aquariums

Fish Food And Nutrition

Betta Care Sheet

How To Set Up A Simple Betta Tank

Betta Myths Debunked

The History Of Betta splendens

How To Give A Betta A Salt Bath

How To Spot An Overweight Or Underweight Betta

How To Tell Fin Rot From Tail Biting In Bettas

Sexing Bettas

Betta Tank Reviews

How To Humanely Euthanize Bettas With Clove Oil

Fancy Goldfish Care Sheet

Single Tailed Goldfish Care Sheet

Goldfish Myths Debunked

Pictures of Large Goldfish X X X X

Zebra Danio Care Sheet

White Cloud Mountain Minnow Care

Fancy Guppy Care Sheet

Platy Care Sheet

Tiger Barb Care Sheet

Chinese Algae Eater Care Sheet

Neon Tetra Care Sheet

Threadfin Rainbowfish Care Sheet

Types Of Aquarium Filters

Tank Busters

List Of Low Light Aquarium Plants

Reptile stuff:

UVB Light And Reptiles

Corn Snake Care Sheet (unfinished)

Crested Gecko Care Guide

Fence Lizard Care Guide

5 Best Beginner Snakes

5 Worst Beginner Snakes

5 Best Beginner Lizards

5 Worst Beginner Lizards

Pac Man Frog Care

Best Beginner Frogs

Tiger Salamander Care

Box Turtle Care Overview

Common Mistakes In Reptile Keeping (good vs. bad enclosures)

Invertebrate stuff:

Hissing Cockroach Care sheet

Sexing Hissing Cockroaches

General Tarantula Care

Giant African Land Snail Shopping List (plus links)

Misc:

Why Outdoor Cats Should Be Banned

Why Most Cages Are Too Small

Why Most Cages Are Too Small (small mammal edition)

Master Post Of Beginner Animals

Mouse Care Sheet

Mouse Food Nutrition List

How To Make A Rodent Bin Cage

Articles not written by me but still really good:

Aquariadise’s Guest Post!

"Cleaner Fish" Why They Don’t Exist & Your Aquarium Doesn’t Need One

Stunted Growth Means Stunted Lives

How to Choose a Pet Reptile

Aquarium Stocking Calculator

Updated with pictures of large goldfish I just remembered and a care sheet I forgot I wrote.

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indelliblemercinary asked: In regards to the Siamese fighting fish, they live in tiny mud burrows in the wild, so they like feeling secure in small spaces (I used to keep mine in cognac glasses) as long as u keep the water clean and the water isn't too high or them to jump out they are fine...

theoceaniswonderful:

No, they’re found in rice paddies, floodplains, and other places of standing water. Keeping ANY fish in a small confined container is horrible for them because you’re not filtering the water in any way and there’s barely any surface area for the water to get more oxygen(and just because betta fish have a labyrinth organ doesn’t mean they should have to rely breathing the tiny amounts of oxygen that can manage to get at the surface)

I could go on a long rant about this but instead just go do your own research. Stop telling people it’s ok to cram a fish into a tiny container because it worked for you or because you feel like there’s nothing wrong with it.

(also if I didn’t have plans today I would be filling this reply with links to places for you but I don’t have time for it but if anyone wants to reply with some links for proper betta care and housing please feel free to)

Betta fish most certainly do not live in mud puddles, and they love larger spaces! And they require way more care than just keeping water clean. And even if the water just looks clean, that doesn’t mean it’s suitable for the fish - there could be toxic chemicals in the water that you won’t be able to see. Just because you kept them alive in small glasses does not mean they were healthy (which they most likely were not).

Betta Myths Debunked

Why Bowls Are Not Acceptable Homes

Betta Care Sheet 2

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ohfortheloveofsharks:

I was bored and scrolling through Pinterest when I came across a pin about using mason jars as “tanks” for beta fish. Then I saw the related pins and I’m so disgusted.
Fish are animals that deserve proper care and respect.
Live animals are not decorations. They are not here to make your house look “cool” or “pretty.” If you can’t properly house or care for an animal don’t get it.
This is absolutely sick and this trend needs to stop.

I know this isn’t really ocean related but this is super important.