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Old 09-05-2009, 09:28 PM   #1 
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New to fish, need some help

Hi,

I'm completly new to the world of fish and need some help. I've been doing some reading online and in books, and managed to find what I think should be a good checklist for PetSmart. It shows:

Tank w/hood and lights
5-10lbs Gravel
Power Filter
5-10 Watt Heater
Net
Thermometer
Food
Water Dechlorinator
Amonia Remover
Biological Filter Starter
Plants/Decor

I have 2 other Pet Shops that I know of, both small buisnessess. If anyone knows of any other things that I would need/not need, and any good recomendations on things to buy, that would be great. Thanks!
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Old 09-06-2009, 03:24 AM   #2 
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I would buy a test kit to check the water instead of guessing , but being new to bettas ,i dont know if its needed becaurse of the frequent water changes, have fun
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Old 09-06-2009, 07:56 AM   #3 
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id start with a larger vase, or fish bowl, see if you really enjoy it before you go spent nearly 100 bux. Thats just me. I just yesterday after a month of keeping betta got a 10gal with all of the above.Good luck!
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Old 09-06-2009, 08:19 AM   #4 
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Yes, a test kit should be added.

And for the power filter, you want to make sure it's not too strong. Bettas don't like strong currents.

Other than that, I don't see any problems. Good luck!
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Old 09-06-2009, 09:13 AM   #5 
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Welcome to FishForum! I agree with the testing kit. But remember that many tanks come with the filter and what not. Some even come with a heater. Also, when buying food - bettas like pellets (most don't like flake food - *SOME* do) and they like freezedried bloodworms, fd brineshrimp, and frozen daphnia as a treat. And you are best to buy silk plants over plastic plants. Make sure any decor doesn't have sharp edges.

Good luck!
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Old 09-06-2009, 11:50 AM   #6 
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Thank you everyone!
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Old 09-06-2009, 11:59 AM   #7 
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I would start with a 2.5-5 gallon tank to make shure you like fish keeping.

Betta fish usualy don't need heater if the water is a pretty steady temperature between 76-82.

I don't have a filter in my 2.5 gallon but I would have a filter in anything over 5 gallons scence it's harder to move 10 gallons to clean the tank than it is to 2.5. gallons.
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Old 09-06-2009, 12:00 PM   #8 
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If you click on the link on my signature, the yearleybettas site I have a whole checklist for a betta fish. =D
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Old 09-06-2009, 01:16 PM   #9 
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I think I'll print that list of as well. Once again, thank you everyone!
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