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Post by SiennaBay on Fri Sep 10, 2010 8:32 pm

Yesterday, I put one of those TetraVeggie algae wafers in my tank for my mystery snail to munch on. I left it in overnight and throughout today, figuring the snail would finish it up, even though it was all soggy and water-logged. Never in a million years did I think that my betta Flame would be trying to eat it while I was gone! This evening, I looked in the tank and what was left of the algae wafer is in tiny bits and pieces all over the tank (probably due to Flame tearing it up). I saw Flame grab some bits and eat them so I know he was chowing down! And now poor Flame's stomach is hanging down in front! He looks deformed and he acts uncomfortable. I don't know if that's his stomach hanging or his swim bladder. I feel just awful! Algae wafers are all veggies -- I didn't think that a betta would touch it! I hope he doesn't die. Does anyone have any suggestions? Should I not feed him in the morning? I just vacuumed the tank to clean it up. Maybe I shouldn't have ever gotten this snail. Flame has not built a bubble nest since he arrived and is very distracted by him. Sad


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Post by SiennaBay on Fri Sep 10, 2010 8:36 pm

Another question for you guys. Is there a way to keep a tank algae-free without a snail? The snail leaves more waste in the tank than I ever expected plus every time I put any kind of food in there for the snail, Flame tries it. I put a tiny piece of spinach in the tank a couple days ago and Flame immediately took a bite. I saw him spit it out but who knows how much of this stuff he actually ingests. Shocked I know bettas aren't supposed to eat that stuff. I am really tempted to find my snail a new home. I would really appreciate anybody's thoughts out there. By the way, I do feed Flame, even though he acts like he's starved. He gets about five flakes of BettaMin in the morning and sometimes a bloodworm.
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Post by Storm on Sat Sep 11, 2010 4:06 am

Try not feeding him for a day or 2 and he should go back to normal size, if he is having trouble pooping try a pea. Smile

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Post by silverrabbit on Sat Sep 11, 2010 5:29 am

I'd follow Strom's advice. Get some moss balls for your tank - they are a form of algae (which won't spread, just stay in nice balls) that will outcompete the tank algae for food, therefore the glass should remain pretty much clean
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Post by Mesatalia on Sat Sep 11, 2010 6:12 am

Yeah, my son over-fed my fishy yesterday and he got HUGE. This morning was a big pile of fishy poo and he seemed back to normal size, even without the help of a pea which I was ready to use if I had to.

So yeah, just as they say, just keep an eye on him and wait till he's back to normal size and if he's still huge after, I think, 36 hours then do the pea thing (cook, skin off, and mush the insides). He should be just fine ^_^
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Post by SiennaBay on Sat Sep 11, 2010 7:45 pm

Thank you! He's starting to look better. I'll see about buying some moss balls.
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Post by silverrabbit on Sun Sep 12, 2010 8:14 am

Moss balls are great Smile I used to get terrible algae in the puffer tank as it's under a window... I hardly have any now!
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Post by 2tall on Sun Sep 12, 2010 8:42 am

Would one moss ball be adequate for a divided 37L or should I divide the moss ball for each side?
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Post by jessie1602 on Sun Sep 12, 2010 9:36 am

I hope Flame is feeling better, Sienna. I also thought snails would be a great idea for algae eating but they're so slow at it, and they make so much mess! I only keep a few small zebra snails in my tanks now, and they poop to high heaven *grrr*. Mossballs are deffo the way to go! If none fo your lfs's have them, you could probably pick them up for a good price on eBay.

I'd say you need around 3 or more mossballs for a 35L tank for them to really be effective. I have 15 mossballs in my 85L tank, 1 gigantic one and 2 small ones in my 60L, 3 in my 18L and 4 in my 35L breeding tank. The more mossballs the better IMO, and they looks so nice and bettas love laying on them (well my lazy ones do!) ^^
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Post by 2tall on Sun Sep 12, 2010 9:56 am

Size is relative so hows this for comparison?

Lg/X-Lg =Tennis ball
Med=Golf ball
Sm=Ping pong ball
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Post by jessie1602 on Sun Sep 12, 2010 10:01 am

Sounds about right! xlg though is larger than a tennis ball, maybe the size of a man's clenched fist (my biggest one is ridiculously gigantic).
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Post by 2tall on Sun Sep 12, 2010 10:15 am

Do they grow fairly fast?
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Post by jessie1602 on Sun Sep 12, 2010 10:18 am

Mine have grown in diameter by about 2cm and I got them maybe 2months ago.
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Post by 2tall on Sun Sep 12, 2010 10:25 am

Thanks Jessie! If I get them at the lfs they are about 5lbs.(we have a dollar sign here instead of the lb. symbol) each for golf ball size.
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Post by jessie1602 on Sun Sep 12, 2010 11:33 am

Lol, do you mean the weight lbs or do you mean British currancy which is pounds ££? If you mean a mossball that weighs 5lbs that'd be MEGAMOSSBALL!! Lol :-)
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Post by silverrabbit on Sun Sep 12, 2010 11:57 am

jessie1602 wrote:Lol, do you mean the weight lbs or do you mean British currancy which is pounds ££? If you mean a mossball that weighs 5lbs that'd be MEGAMOSSBALL!! Lol :-)

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with my tap nitrates being so high my moss balls are growing really quicky and are a lush colour Smile
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Post by 2tall on Sun Sep 12, 2010 12:08 pm

LOL! I meant British pounds!. It got lost in the translation!
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Post by SiennaBay on Sun Sep 12, 2010 3:51 pm

There are some great moss balls on eBay! I'm getting some from there. I think my snail is going to go in a separate tank or bowl. He is so cute I hate to get rid of him...
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Post by silverrabbit on Sun Sep 12, 2010 5:22 pm

The moss balls on ebay are such good value - so much cheaper than the shops!
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