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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-03-2013, 10:24 PM Thread Starter
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Hello everyone,
My name is Angel, I just got a new Betta, a crowntail named Sobek (yes, named after the egyptian crocodile god). I had a few in the past, but not for years, so I hope I'm doing an okay job :) The ones I had when I was little lived for years, and I missed having a fish around.
This is his enclosure:

It's a 5 gallon, it doesn't have a heater at the moment because I'm waiting for it to come in the mail, but the temperature in his tank has been a consistent 79 since I got him. (He is right next to the reptile room, which is always about 85)
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I have been feeding him 2 pellets in the morning and 2 at night, and I got New life Spectrum betta formula food because the girl at the pet store said it was the best they had.

I also wasn't sure if he needed a filter, one came with the tank, but I plan on changing the water weekly, and I would rather not have an extra thing plugged in if I don't have to.

Any advise would be much appreciated :)
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 07-03-2013, 10:27 PM
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Hello, and welcome to the forum. (:
He's so pretty! And the worker was actually right, NLS is a very high-quality food. A filter is highly recommended, but not necessary. With a filter, you could cycle the tank within a month and he wouldn't have to feel any ammonia issues.

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I will add the filter then, I never had one on a betta before, but if its going to help make it more comfortable ill do it. Just have to make sure the current isn't too strong.
I'm glad about the food, you cant always trust the people who work at the pet stores. I've seen a few posts on here about feeding worms as well, is that recommended? I have a lot of other animals, including a newt and a turtle, so I wouldn't mind buying some small worms if I can feed to more than one animal.

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Good evening AngelOtter and welcome to our community. I just love your Egyptian themed tank -- the pyramid just takes the cake. Sobek has a beautiful deep blue with a slight reddish color to him. Along with the filter, also get a water test kit. The one that I have is from API; this will help keep Sobek's water parameters as clean as it can be -- just follow the instructions in the booklet.
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Thank you, I got the pyramid on sale for like $3, I was so excited xD
I have a test kit for my turtle tank, would that same kit be okay? It's the API freshwater master kit.
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Yes, you may feed worms to bettas. You're referring to bloodworms, right? Or mealworms and waxworms for reptiles? Mealworms are okay, but you'll have to get the meat out of them and make it into a very small piece. I think you should stick the bloodworms. lol ^^"

And yes, that's a very good test kit. I have it, too! :D

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Yes, I was talking about blood worms, I think wax or meal worms would be way too big.
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i lvoe his home, hes so cute too. his name is adorable
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