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Old 10-08-2009, 02:17 PM   #1 
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So I needed a small bowl for my betta Zeus. He is in a little tetra bowl now, and has no filter. He has a light and it is open on top so he can get air. Is it bad not to have a filter? Its just him.
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Old 10-08-2009, 02:19 PM   #2 
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they can live without a filter although its better to have one. so make sure you change his water 2-3 times a week so the ammonia doesnt build up and he ends up burned or poisoned
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Old 10-08-2009, 02:20 PM   #3 
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A filter isn't necessary but helps to keep the water clean. I would recommend a larger container to keep him in. If you could get a 2 or 2.5 gallon container, that would be great. But I understand if you can't, being in a dorm room.
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Old 10-08-2009, 02:21 PM   #4 
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Okay, sounds good. Thats what I've been doing since his water gets cloudy after a few days. Do you recommend plants or hiding spots? I only have little stones at the bottom now, and a sign for him.
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Old 10-08-2009, 02:29 PM   #5 
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What I recommend is all that, plus a heater pronto! It's a real shame, but as you have probably already found out, pet stores will tell you anything to make a buck. Could you imagine how their sales would drop if they told people that bettas need all the conditions of a regular aquarium fish?!

This care sheet is a good place to start: http://www.fishforum.com/betta-fish-...are-faq-20058/

PS. I had my Lou in a bowl in college last year... He was so much more fun to watch when he got a whole tank to himself! Plus, as a college student you really can't afford to be cleaning his water every three days and buying all the medication he needs when he contracts illnesses from being in bad conditions.
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Old 10-08-2009, 03:06 PM   #6 
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live plants would be awesome. itll help the water quality as well.
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Old 10-08-2009, 03:07 PM   #7 
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i'd say your biggest immediate prob is that your bowl has no lid- betta jump out of their bowls ALL THE TIME - so consider finding a way to cover it when you're away without totally blocking the air- but he's a very nice fish- it's good that you're taking the time to research how to look after him
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Old 10-08-2009, 05:51 PM   #8 
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i'd say your biggest immediate prob is that your bowl has no lid- betta jump out of their bowls ALL THE TIME - so consider finding a way to cover it when you're away without totally blocking the air- but he's a very nice fish- it's good that you're taking the time to research how to look after him
I agree!
buy your profile pic, it looks like one of those half gallon bowls that is sold just about everwhere now! I would reccomend doing a 100% water change every other day in a tank that size. Put him in a warm area of the house, unless you are willing to look around for a half gallon heater, which is a lot of work!
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Old 10-08-2009, 06:07 PM   #9 
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Thank you all for the tips. I'm going to look into plants and possibly (with my next paycheck) a bigger tank.
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Sounds good!
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