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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-30-2011, 07:51 PM Thread Starter
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Hi, I'm new here!

Hi everyone,
I'm a college student, and I am planning on getting a betta roommate at the start of the school year. (I have two goldfish, but their 40 gallon tank can't make the trip with me). I have a 2.5 gallon tank for my new friend, but I'm not going to buy him until I'm already settled in, to spare him the stressful trip. I'd love a white or black veiltail, but I doubt Petsmart will have anything so fancy. The most important thing is that he's healthy.
I'm not really familiar with the filter protocol for bettas. I was thinking of stuffing some cycled media into a floss cartridge and sticking an air tube into that. Should that work? What kind of water changes would that setup require?
The other thing is a heater. Heaters make me really nervous. I keep hearing about fish getting fried when they explode or whatever. Do you guys have a good, safe brand you can recommend?
I'm really excited to be here, and I can't wait to meet all of you!
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-30-2011, 07:55 PM
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Welcome to the forum Weezy!

And welcome to your new addiction :p

....Just keep swimming...

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post #3 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-30-2011, 08:04 PM
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Marina or Marineland have great ten watt heaters for 2.5 gallons and up. I have Marineland (you'll need a thermomitor. It can go up to the eighties in heat. It's a pre-set.) Trust me I didn't know the higher watt versions were on recall when I bought it. I have had zero problems and it keeps my fish in comfy 81 degree water.

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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-30-2011, 11:02 PM
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College kids unite! >:D

Welcome.

Dont worry about the exploding heaters... Its a fluke thing, and the heaters that needed to be recalled were a select make and size- upwards of 25-50w, which is too much... Try getting the marineland 10w ($20)... I use them in my tanks and love them to bits.

Good luck, and pics pics pics when you get the fish!
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-01-2011, 02:17 AM
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Welcome! Post pics of your new boy when you get him!

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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-01-2011, 03:31 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks, everyone! I will be sure to take lots of pictures.
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