I was advised to change my sponge filter every 2 months but should I completely replace it with a new one or just clean it in the tank water (out of the tank) and then put it back in? Also the filter comes with carbon and a few other materials underneath it, do they need replacing or will they be fine to leave with the filter once the sponge has been cleaned?
It's the biorb filter if this helps explain it a little more.
Anywhere between 25⁰c - 30⁰c is perfect for betta fish. I'm unsure on if there are ways to keep the tank cooler if it is exceeding 30⁰c over there, maybe someone with more knowledge may know. If your house has air con I'm sure it will be fine anyhow.
I have just started treatment for fin rot with waterlife myxazin and have bought a neat little gadget called amonia alert by seachem so I can keep a constant tab on ammonia levels and it is currently reading <0.02 ppm (safe).
I will give you the final report in 5 days to see if the fin rot has healed or if ammonia levels change.
Thanks again fishlady, you've pretty much helped me through the whole process of this new exciting hobby :)
I have a Male betta in a 60 litre tank by itself and noticed yesterday that its fins seem to be torn, I will attach a photo but just wanted to know if this looks like fin rot or anything else before I start treatment.
This is a water test from today and to me it seems okay unless any of you think otherwise?
I do have the ceramic media in this tank but due to the bowl shape the photo makes it hard to see.
The tank has been up and running for around 4 months but due to myself moving to Asia for 2 months I had to donate the previous fish to a family member but asked my brother to keep up with fishless cycles whilst I was away so it would be ready for when I came back (2 weeks ago).
I dont currently have a second tank set up so I wont risk adding anything with him.