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Old 10-26-2012, 01:11 PM   #11 
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I would just like to point out, that as far as heaters go, I think 25w is way to much. I have a 7.5w for my 2.5 gal and it keeps the tank at the perfect temp (although if the light is on too long it'll over heat it.) a 7.5w Hester would be so much better for your tank.
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Old 10-26-2012, 10:49 PM   #12 
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So, real plants are good for him (I didn't get a plastic one that could hurt his fins btw and I went over it with a fin tooth comb before I put it in looking for rough edges to blunt. Texture fixation is just a normal part of being an Aspy ), I can get a shrimp if I can get my hands on a 5 gal (would I be able to throw it in the front seat of my car with everything in it? My left side isn't that strong), and say no to ADF. Did I miss anything so far?

So what kind of plant is best? How long do they live? Do I have to put in sand or dirt? Can it spike my levels when the leaves fall off? Would it ever need fertilizing and if so, how would I do it without hurting Gus?

Vic, the analogy was a bit graphic and close to home. I know you were trying to get a point across and on a normal person that analogy would be a great one, but on me... well... I really don't like talking about that kinda stuff because... I like facts though! And data. The ADF info you gave me was very enlightening.
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Old 10-27-2012, 05:37 AM   #13 
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I would just like to point out, that as far as heaters go, I think 25w is way to much. I have a 7.5w for my 2.5 gal and it keeps the tank at the perfect temp (although if the light is on too long it'll over heat it.) a 7.5w Hester would be so much better for your tank.
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25w is overkill for a 1.5 to 2.5 gallon tank, but I suggested it because it's impossible to find adjustable heaters that are under that wattage. I had a 50w in a 2 gallon for a while because Hydor made a mistake in my order and sent me that instead of a 25w. It worked perfectly, but I had to keep it at a lower temperature setting than expected. Before that, I had a 10 watt non-adjustable heater in the 2 gallon that was overheating the tank.
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Old 10-27-2012, 11:20 AM   #14 
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The adjustable ones are definitely very nice. I guess if the op got an adjustable one and just kept an eye on it (with it on its lowest setting), They would be able to move it to the 10 gallon if that is what they plan on getting. Although looking at it now... In that case the 25w would be a tad to small. 2 would be needed. But that is later on. I guess whichever one the OP is able to/wants to acquire.
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Old 10-27-2012, 12:37 PM   #15 
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Well, my shopping for a heater turned into a downright heater emergancy when a coldfront came through yesterday! No time to order one, so I had to go to WalMart (I got permission to go because he likes Gus) and take what I could get. Found a Tetra 2-15gal heater. It has been keeping the water a constant 76 degrees. I know as I have been checking it RELIGIOUSLY as I have been worried it would boil my fish!

Gus enjoied the attention he got. The fish is the oddest little Betta! He likes it when I put my hand in there! He will interact with me like he's curious, but he never puffs or runs from me. He only does that when people he doesn't ike come near him! XD

Oh! Is it okay that he likes to nap on the heater? It's sideways so he has a little spot he can lay on between the wall and the heater.

And don't forget the plants! I need help finding one that wont require fertilizer (I dont want to introduce that to my tank), is good for the small space, wont take over my tank, and Gus can enjoy.
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I ran out of text per post (on my phone) so I continued it here.

I would also like the plant to be something that would be good in the 10-15gal I am eventually getting for Gus (next year). It might have shrimp (the are pretty cool. Thanks for getting me interested in them!), Cory Cats, and Loaches (no necerally all of those, but some combination of those). Btw, will any of those conflict?

Also, how can I tell one type of gravel from another? I read that shrimp like fine gravel or corse sand, but the gravel I bought in the current tank just said aquarium gravel. How can I tell what grade it is? I want to know if it should be in my next tank or not.

Also, sorry that I can't edit my OP from my phone or I would change it with my current questions...
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Old 10-27-2012, 03:13 PM   #17 
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As far as the heater goes, I don't think it is a problem for him to sleep on it... But if you get a chance to go to the store again you can always buy a small 'betta hammock' that they have for sale and it's basically a leave you can suction cup onto the side of the tank. Most bettas seem to like sleeping on it.

There are some fish that are like that. Sounds like he has lots of personality and really loves to play with you. Congrats on getting an awesome betta! :)

For plants, I don't believe fertilizer is necessary. I've heard that nutrients from the food you are feeding and waste expelled by the fish is usually sufficient to support the plant. So you could always get a low light plant (generally really easy to take care of) and not worry about fertilizer unless the plant begins to die. In which case there is a variety of fertilizers that are usually safe for fish.

A couple of low-light plant options would be:
Java fern (a slow growing low-light plant)
Java Moss (low light-medium light plant)
Anubias (very hardy plant, some say nearly impossible to kill)
Hornwort/water sprite (low light floating plant. may be hard to get rid of later on)

Those are some of the more popular low-light plants all of which (I believe) can get big enough to be fine for a bigger tank later on. All of these plants will most likely need to be trimmed every so often so they don't take over your tank but otherwise should be fine.
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Old 10-27-2012, 07:32 PM   #18 
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He is! When I call him, he come to me! He will then just hover in place and look directly at me only breaking away to gulp air or blow bubbles. His body has actually grown nearly half an inch in the 6 weeks I've had him!

I will look up those plants! What about that little green bouncy ball thing? Is that a good one to have in there?

His tank is a bit larger than the box said by the way. the volume at water level is 1.8 gal. Subtracting the volume of the gravel and plant makes his water volume at about 1.4gal. Still not good enough to not get yelled at by yall, but a little better than you might have thought.
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If you get a 10 gallon then I would go with dwarf cory cat fish, they need to be in a group of 4-6 to be happy. Either that or get shrimp and a few mollies. Loche as I recall need at least 20 gallons so they wouldn't do good in only 10.
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Old 10-27-2012, 09:10 PM   #20 
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Tried to edit my last post, but I couldn't figure out how!

I looked up the plants you suggested. I also ran across Frogbit, Duckweed, or Waterspirit. I'm worried about getting any plants now because I worry they will choke out his little tank! Storied of plants filling up BIG tanks worry me. And I overreacting? Also, could you tell me about moss balls
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