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  1. I've heard that rasboras might be less nippy but I haven't tested this myself. 

    I have had Hengeli rasboras with a Betta, They were fine the Betta was the problem.

    17 litres is too small for tank mates in my opinion.


    Better companions are corydoras.

    You need at least 6 of them or they will stress, The more the merrier.

  2. Like the title says I have been away a while.

    The main reason is, I had a pest controller in and he killed my whole tank. Yes all my fish died. I was so devastated I have no words.


    Cut a long story short I rebuilt my tank.

    I now have a beautiful female betta I call Zsa Zsa 5 Kuhil Loaches a Mystery snail  and some shrimp, Well the ones the betta don't eat anyway.


    Here's a few photos.


    ZsaZsa when I first got her.



    Same fish a few weeks latter




    Some of the loaches, I have 5.



    They live here.


  3. Nice. Playmates are good.

    Ummm. After this morning I would say no, The little catfish are fine, The snails are fine, the shrimp a fine, He killed one of the Platys, and was attacking the others, I had to put 1 down because of the damage he caused, This is 1 agro Betta.

  4. Yes it is unusual, I got some Betta pellets from Pet Barn, That night as I said he put on his usual feed me display, I fed him 3 pelets of the new stuff, He scoffed them down and did his I want more by swiming around the tank flaring a bit looking cute, All was well, He swam off into his plants when I went to turn the tank light off he didnt realy come out to say good night. In the morning he was in his sleeping spot among the floating fox tail dead. I cried. I gave his body to my Pitcher Plant.

    When I went to my local fish shop, R&J Aquatics, I was telling the guy about it, he asked to see the pellets, so I took them in, The guy said they were out of date by nearly 6 months and did not smell "right".

    I threw out all the food and treats I had for Microsoft, and got fresh stuff from the fish shop, The guy even had me bring in a sample of my tank water that he tested in the shop everything was fine.

    Then he gave( not sold but gave) me Yobbo, And sold me fresh food and treats for him. I also got a few big silk plants from the shop.

    I do not know if it was the food or not. However I am never going to buy anything from Pet Barn again, This is the second time they have sold me dodgy products, The first being that verigated plant Bettarazzi

    Warned me about here,


    From now on I will only buy stuff from the Aquatics shop, He may be a bit more expensive, But the guy has 5 display tanks with bettas in them, and he wont sell you stuff unless he uses it in his tanks. In his shop you wont see anything with " Fix " on it eg Bettafix. He says there is no such thing as fix in a bottle. Good clean warm water, Good food, Indian Almond leaf, Is all you need to keep the fish healthy.

  5. I got him from a fish shop in Lismore Nsw

    Some of those plants are silk.

    The black substrate is CaribSea Eco Complete Planted Substrate.


    I have a bunch of live plants in the tank Just that nothing is big yet, As the live Plants grow I will remove the silk ones.

    Sorry about Photo Quality I am using a Iphone, I loaned my camera to a friend.




  6. First up. I hope you do not think I am being rude or anything like that.

    Nice looking fish. I had a beautifull blue veil tail too. Your tank looks nice, It's just that in my opinion its a bit too small.

    I do 20% water changes every 2 weeks as multiple people have instructed me to do.

    Who told you this? I challange this bad advice.

    Is the tank cycled?

    Small tanks like that are harder to cycle, They also make it hard to maintain a constant water temp.

    How are you treating the water before adding it to the tank?

    What is the water temp in the tank?

    Can you please tell us your levels for.





    I use the API master test kit.

    Aquarium API Freshwater Master Water Test Kit

    But I didn't use the gravel they provide...too many sharp edges

    Good call.

    And I have some live plants instead of the plastic one it came with.

    Also good. Think about this. If that was such a great starter tank for a Betta, Why did they put in plastic plants and sharp gravel that can damage his tail? Silk plants are better. Live plants are best.

    I have this tank, filter and heater:

    Yes petbarn, Who tried to sell me flakes for my Betta, And who sold me out of date pellets ( 4 months out of date ) and I believe that may have been the reason my other betta died.

    Reading those reviews about the tank on the petbarn site, I can see straight off some are fake.


    (maybe two bonded females?)

    What are bonded females? I think the correct term for females is a sorrority, And in the wild females do not live in groups. Sororitys are forced on the females by fish keepers and I read some place that 5 are the minumum you should have.

    I stand by my 25 to 50% minumum water change weekly.

    Its a good thing you joined up here and asked for advice, I am sure other members will have more advice for you.

    It seems the Betta is the new goldfish, Remember how they were stuck in small fishbowls with no filters etc.



    Yes they grow that big not that any petbarn employee will tell you. Places like petbarn do not care about you or your fish, They want them to get sick so they can sell you magic in a bottle. Stuff like betta fix, IMO its rubbish and fixes nothing.

    Try adding Indian Almond leaf to the tank, Great for the fish, But the tannins stain the water.

    50pcs 10~18cm Tantora Catappa Leaves Grd A Indian Almond Leaf KETAPANG shrimp

    I hope all this helps you out.

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  7. My biggest concern is that a 9l tank isn't very big and I don't want anything bad to happen to my betta from the extra bioload.

    On that I have no advice, If you were to add the snails do more frequent water parameter tests and changes as needed.


    With a 9 litre tank in my opinion you should be changing 25 to 50% the water at least 3 times a week.

    I change 50% of the water of the water in my 70 litre tank every week, and my tank and canister filter are cycled. I also use dechlorinator and prime to treat the water then I pre heat the water to 28 Deg Celsius( Same as my tank ) before adding it.

    What sort of filter are you using?

    Also in my opinion anything under 20 liters is too small for a betta. Try something like this.


    Look on Ebay, Depending on where you live there are some cheap tanks for sale if you can pick it up.


    25 Litre Fish Tank and Accessories

    3ft Fish Tank

    Put sand or gravel in it lots of live plants and one of these minumum.

    Biochemical sponge filter xy-380 for aquarium fish tank

    Something like this is just garbage


    That is a Death Bowl. Its too small, plastic plants, That filter pump is most likley to strong. Bettas like little or no current. Putting a Betta in a Death Bowl is like putting a race horse in a bathroom.

    Sorry about all the links, And the strong opinion on Death Bowls.

  8. My betta won't try to eat him?

    He may.

    I have been thinking about putting a couple of nerite snails in there to help keep the tank clean...mainly to clean up the plant waste

    I have both snails and Glass shrimp in my tank.

    See here.


    Sorry about photo quality.



    Not all bettas are the same, Whats the worst that can happen the betta eats the snail or shrimp.

  9. Sad news.

    Microsoft died a few days ago. He was quite happy on the last night, Put on his usual feed me show, I gave him 2 pellets he ate them and all was well.

    In the morning when I turned on the tank light he was still in his usual sleeping spot dead. All the water params are fine, The shrimp and snails are fine.

    I am devastated, but it looks like he went in his sleep, and did not suffer.

    I will be getting another Betta, I also remodelled the tank a bit.

  10. Well I put 6 cherry shrimp in the tank $3.50 each a few days ago, At least Microsoft enjoyed eating them, I know he got 2 for sure I have not seen the other 4 in a few days now.

    Yes the powerhead vac is a neat idea, There are also some great ideas regarding moving bed filters, tank scaping etc. Some bad ideas too.

    Stuff like this.

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