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Old 08-02-2012, 12:19 AM   #1 
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I got a Half Moon Betta from a pet store the other day. It's a really pretty blue one. It's my very first Betta and I got it because I'm not allowed to have big pets in my apartment. Anyway...

He's in a 1 gallon tank and I have some small aquarium stones and real plants inside because I heard they need it to hide when they go to sleep. I've been reading up on how to do water changes for when I need to do it next week.

But I still have a few questions like:

  1. Do I still need a filter if I change the water every week? I've read conflicting articles about this, some people say yes, some people say no. But what is ideal?
  2. Is it normal for him to hangout in one place? Sometimes I see him just floating by the plants for a long time, then he swims back up to breathe. I assume he gets tired swimming around all day, but I want to make sure if this is normal behavior?
  3. Why is he making bubbles?
  4. What do their poop look like? I had a goldfish before and it made a string of poop that would float on top and I'd just scoop it up to keep the tank clean. LOL. But I haven't seen my Betta poop yet, so I don't know what to look for and I don't want it to contaminate the water.
Any help would be cool. Thanks!
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Old 08-02-2012, 12:49 AM   #2 
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i have a baby betta in a .75 gallon tank right now with no filter and, for the size, it is heavily planted. so far i've been doing 80% water changes and the water is crystal clear but it's not that old of a tank, just the soil is and it's from my 14 gallon.
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Old 08-02-2012, 01:24 AM   #3 
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Well, bettas can be sluggish if kept at colder temperatures, as you described. Not only that but colder water weakens their immune system and makes way for secondary diseases like ick, sometimes resulting in death. And ofcourse, since that water pollutes quickly in a smaller bowl so you'll have to make more water changes.

The bubbles youre seeing are bubblenests. Bettas make them when they want to breed and/or mark their territory.

Well, it depends on what they ate. My old bettas poop was spiraled
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Old 08-02-2012, 08:55 AM   #4 
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I got a Half Moon Betta from a pet store the other day. It's a really pretty blue one. It's my very first Betta and I got it because I'm not allowed to have big pets in my apartment. Anyway...

He's in a 1 gallon tank and I have some small aquarium stones and real plants inside because I heard they need it to hide when they go to sleep. I've been reading up on how to do water changes for when I need to do it next week.

But I still have a few questions like:

  1. Do I still need a filter if I change the water every week? I've read conflicting articles about this, some people say yes, some people say no. But what is ideal?
  2. Is it normal for him to hangout in one place? Sometimes I see him just floating by the plants for a long time, then he swims back up to breathe. I assume he gets tired swimming around all day, but I want to make sure if this is normal behavior?
  3. Why is he making bubbles?
  4. What do their poop look like? I had a goldfish before and it made a string of poop that would float on top and I'd just scoop it up to keep the tank clean. LOL. But I haven't seen my Betta poop yet, so I don't know what to look for and I don't want it to contaminate the water.
Any help would be cool. Thanks!
1. It is recommended not to have a filter in your size tank because the current may be too strong and will keep your betta from swimming properly. So I would say no, due to the size of the tank. Make sure to change all the water once a week, remembering to add conditioner.

2. Since you just got it, it seems like it is still adjusting to the tank. This usually takes a couple days. It could also mean that the water is too cold, which can lead to a whole stack of diseases and other issues, sometimes death.
It can be normal behaviour but most betta should be swimming excitedly at you when it starts to acknowledge you with feeding time.

3. The bubbles that they make are called 'Bubble Nest'. They usually make this to show that they may want to breed. This is also a good indication of its health and stress levels. Bubble Nest = Good (the bigger, the better).

4. Their poop is usually the colour brown, if you feed it pellets. Looking at the colour of their poop can indicate if its healthy or not. For example, white poop can mean they have internal parasites.

So it is recommended:
You should do a full water change at least once a week. I would say try to get a larger tank for the betta and get a heater, a filter is not needed. Feed him pellets because it is easier to portion the amounts and will be easier for you to maintain. Flakes and stuff usually fall to the bottom of the tank and if left there, can increase the level of ammonia, which is dangerous to your fish, but again, water changes can fix that.

Hope this helps you out. Much more information can be found in other threads, such as information on different diseases bettas can catch etc.

Note: I'm just speaking from my experience, chances are that I have left out many important things.


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Old 08-02-2012, 09:36 AM   #5 
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Hello and Welcome to the forum, and yes, I agree with the previous posts, it is very important for your betta to have ample swim room, they tend to look bored, and tired, because they are..if they have no room to swim, first and foremost, try to upgrade his tank size, and definately include a heater, they need a (heated pool) for optimum health, and a quality diet with a pellet specifically for bettas, thier nutritional needs are very important to ensure health and happiness. also If you haven't already it is best to get some real plants, and or silk plant combination, plastic is ok, as long as it passes the "Panty hose test" meaning to run a pair of pantyhose across the plants, if it snags the hose, it will rip your bettas fins..
Your betta sounds very pretty..Post some pix when you can..looking fowared to seeing your new family member.. and always remember to add your water conditioner, to the water when changing

..and no you only need a filter for a 5 gal and up size tank, even for a 5 I don't use one, but you could if you want to try.. if you upgrade to a 3-5 gal size an Air stone would be much better to provide the oxygen that will keep the water from getting stagnant, and slimy..:)
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Old 08-02-2012, 09:41 AM   #6 
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Oh, and also get a themometer to watch for temp flucuations, best temp for a bettas health is 78 degrees..77-79 is ok, I have even seen our Sammy;s 5 gal reach 80 and he is fine..again depending on the size tank, you do not want your 1 gal to reach 80d so you do need a thermometer..
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Old 08-02-2012, 10:33 AM   #7 
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you do not want your 1 gal to reach 80d so you do need a thermometer..
I've asked this question a couple times in various posts and gotten no answers... is above 80 degrees too hot? Fishie's average water temp over the past few days has been about 82. It was up to 85 one day after a water change, but went back down pretty quick. He seems totally fine- very active, but I need to know if I should be turning on the A/C in my apartment for my fish, because I rarely use it for myself. lol
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I would use the A/c periodically..in a sm apt, or since where your fishy is in a smaller container, bowl, if you have a thermometer and the temp is reaching 85 it will be dangerous..and yes should be 78 ~if he is doing ok at 85, I am surprized, but it won't be for long, try to monitor it, and keep around 78-80, only use A/c for about an hr at a time, and keep an eye on temp..:)
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I've asked this question a couple times in various posts and gotten no answers... is above 80 degrees too hot? Fishie's average water temp over the past few days has been about 82. It was up to 85 one day after a water change, but went back down pretty quick. He seems totally fine- very active, but I need to know if I should be turning on the A/C in my apartment for my fish, because I rarely use it for myself. lol

What size is your tank?
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What size is your tank?
1 gallon. He'll be in a 5 gallon in a few weeks, hopefully.
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