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Old 11-16-2009, 09:21 PM   #1 
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Question Need Help! New Betta Fish Owner!

...well not yet. But I am thinking of getting a Betta Fish and I would like to know everything you need to take extra good care of it, and also what you need tank, plant etc. wise lol. I've had 3 other betta fish before but they never lasted more then 3 months -_-' Sad, I know. But I LOVE these fish and I would like to have another one.
Pictures of your betta fish's habitat would be much appreciated so I can get some ideas to perfect my Betta home.
Thanks alot! Hope to get an answer soon!
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Old 11-16-2009, 09:50 PM   #2 
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Say hello to your new best friend: http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/b...are-faq-20058/

If your bettas have not done to well int he past, I am guessing

a) Their tanks were not heated.
b) Their water wasn't changed often enough.

Hopefully the care sheet wil help. The only thing I can add is that as far as Aquarium starter kits go...
  • Anything under 2g is a piece of junk that doesn't suit the needs of a betta.
  • The bigger the tank, the less you have to clean it :)
  • Eclipse Systems are awesome, but their filter is just too strong for a betta. The current it produces catches on a betta's fins like wind on a kite and blows them around.
  • The Minibow (available in 2.5g and 5g) is an awesome tank kit for bettas.
And some other tips
  • Never buy or do anything based solely on the advice of a fish-store employee! They more often than not have no clue what they are talking about!
  • Live plants are a great addition to the tank, just be sure to purchase very low-light plants... the medium-high light species will pretty much flop unless you have fancy lighting.
  • A betta' stomach is the size of his eye so feed accordingly.
  • Even using different brands of food will vary your betta's diet quite well.
  • Stay away from freeze-dried. They don't make a good staple at all and should only be used as a treat.
It would also help if you read up on cycling (the process of establishing a nitrogen cycle in your tank to detoxify waste.


Hope that gets you started and welcome to the forum!
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Old 11-16-2009, 10:04 PM   #3 
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Thanks so much! I'm sure that it'll help alot!
As for my other fish, I'm pretty sure it was the water temp problem. Im going to make sure I get a thermometre to keep the temp. monitored this time. His tank was pretty big and we'd clean it every 2 weeks. So yah:)
But thank you so much for the warm welcome. I'll update on my fishy as soon as I get him...Got to start thinking of some names. ^__^
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Old 11-16-2009, 10:28 PM   #4 
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Wait man, a cleaning every 2 weeks is sufficient for... maybe 1 betta in a 15 gallon. How many gallons is the tank you're planning on getting?
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Old 11-17-2009, 02:11 PM   #5 
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Ya it was about 15 gallons and I only had one Betta fish so... :)
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Old 11-17-2009, 02:12 PM   #6 
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But Im not sure how big I want the new tank. I want something wth not SO much responsibility since I have University to wrry about soon, but I also want something that the fish is comfortable in.
What is your suggestion?
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Old 11-17-2009, 02:37 PM   #7 
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The bigger the tank, the less responsibiliy. I know that sounds odd, but think of it this way: The solution to pollution is dilution! One betta in a 5 gallon will dirty the water far slower than one betta in a 1 gallon.

I suggest you go with the Mini-Bow 5 that I mentioned above. It is small enough that it fits well in your dorm or bedroom, and if you cycle it you will be good to change 20% of the water once per week. Cycling is also a good idea. If you don't cycle the tank, you will have to change it 100% every week since there are no bacteria to break down the wastes. So I definitely suggest that you cycle the tank. If you are near Vancouver, I can even provide you with some nitrifying bacteria from one of my mature aquariums.

Also, I know a lot of tank kits in Canada don't come with a heater so don't forget to pick one up.

Here are some good articles to read when you have the chance:
http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/f...ium-cycle-252/
http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/m...-methods-3067/
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Old 11-18-2009, 09:29 PM   #8 
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Oh cool! I'll look into it! I'm from Ontario so...we're pretty far. And I'll for sure pick up a heater lol! Poor fish will freeze with our winters!
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