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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-03-2011, 06:44 PM Thread Starter
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Hi betta lovers! I have been reading this forum for a long time and have decided to join. I need some tips on betta fish care and how to choose the best betta. I have a 5 gallon hex tank with a filter, a heater, and some silk plants. I also have a ceramic cave ornament in the shape of an old vase for him to hide him because I heard they love hiding spaces. Is there anyting else i should get? Oh and i also have betta pellets, freeze dried blood worms, and frozen brine shrimp cubes. i have aquasafe and bettafix, also i have aquarium salt. Am I missing anything? any suggestions where I should go to get my betta?
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-03-2011, 07:14 PM
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That sounds really good. I have a 5 gallon hex, too. You're probably going to need to baffle the filter, since that little water fall is strong under the water where it hits.

Other than that, everythings great. The bettafix should be used unless really needed.

The best betta to get is a healthy looking one. Ones with no missing eyes, scales, good looking fins, no visible fin rot, ones that are feisty and try to attack and flare are the best to look for :)

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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-03-2011, 11:50 PM
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I'm guessing your either planning to get water dechlorinator/conditioner? If not that is a must. I would also reccomend getting something to cover the bottom of the tank, like rocks or gravel, a net, a small betta bowl (1-2 gallons)for water changes or as an emergency tank (never know what may happen), test stripes to keep an eye on the water levels (though not needed, but are handy when trying to diagnose causes of illness), and live plants are also a good thing to have as they add oxygen to the water, but not needed.

Like was said before i wouldnt use bettafix unless it is a must. Most things like fin rot can be cured fairly simply with a little aquarium salt (i've been astonished by its wonders).

When choosing a good betta, just look for a healthy one, no ragged fins or dark edges, not lethargic, or sickly looking.

Sounds like you're pretty prepared though, if theres anything else i think of thats handy to have i'll post back. :)

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Aquasafe is a type of conditioner :)

I wouldnt recommend the strips... I never had great luck with them. Theyre much more inaccurate and much more expensive in the long run. A liquid kit will serve you better and cheaper in time :)

(Btw, for you both, bettafix and melafix will not and dont cure fin rot! For future :D )
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Ha, i didnt read the aquasafe part, but thanks for noticing :)
I may have to try a liquid kit for the future.
As for bettafiz and melafix, both of them have had to many bad reviews in my book and so i wont touch them, but glad to know they dont work anyways. I have maracyn, but never used it as aquarium salt works wonders for fin rot.

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post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-04-2011, 01:50 PM
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It most certainly does. Its better to not over medicate a fish, much like a person.. :) Maracyn is strong, but if needed, it does work well.
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