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Old 10-03-2013, 09:53 PM   #1 
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Red face Betta Newbie - Advice needed

Hello! I am so excited to be part of the community. I just ordered a tank, a small heater, anda betta leaf hammock and I should have everything by Saturday.

I am going to find my forever fish friend on Saturday and pick up anything else needed. I guess a small thermometer and water conditioner. What else would you recommend?

Also, I am interested in a live plant. The tank is two gallons and has an LED light. I am a little freaked out by possible bugs and parasites that could come with it though....

Is there anything else that I should know? How should I select a fish? If you could go back and talk to yourself when you were just getting into the betta hobby, what would you say?
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Old 10-03-2013, 10:18 PM   #2 
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Live plants are the best, I've never had a problem with parasites or bugs. Although silk works well too. Any decorations you may get need to pass the pantyhose test - take a pair of pantyhose and rub it all over the decoration, if it snags even a tiny bit, it's too rough for your Betta.
I strongly recommend an in tank thermometer because as I've learned from experience, the ones you stick on the outside of the tank are extremely unreliable (I have one right next to an internal thermometer at this very moment the stick on one reads 72 while the internal one reads 76 - which is what that tank's heater is set at).
Also Bettas LOVE hiding places, so make sure you have lots and lots of places for him/her to hide.
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Old 10-03-2013, 10:22 PM   #3 
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Thank you so much! I haven't come across the pany hose test in my research yet. I will try to find an in tank thermo.

and yes, lots of good hiding places
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Old 10-03-2013, 10:56 PM   #4 
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For 2 gall i would not recommend the filter.
When you go to the store try to check your betta for any visual sign of the disease.
When you bring new betta home try to acclimate him to your water source for about 2 hrs in case the water is a lot of different than in the store.
I would keep betta in the tank without gravel and decorations first in case he might be sick and you don't want to end up with disinfection. Its easy to disinfect the tank but now easy to disinfect the gravel and decor.
Yes when you buy live plants make sure they don't cell them from the tank where they have fish. Live plants can carry ich.
And for 2 gall i would really not recommend filter. For 2 gall i would do 2-50% and 1-100 water changes. I personally do full water changes only for my 2.5 gall and for 5 gall.
Read that


http://www.bettafish.com/showthread....ish+check+list

Best food

http://www.petco.com/product/116563/...FctQOgodtV0AVg


http://www.bigalspets.com/betta-form...lets-50-g.html

Do you need instructions on acclimation?

Also see the video in my post #10 of this link


http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?p=2036738
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Old 10-04-2013, 05:06 PM   #5 
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Thank you so much! I took a picture of the checklist on that thread. Also watching the video. I will buy the food at petco.

As far as acclimation goes, I am planning on not putting anything in the tank in case he is sick, like you said. I have read he needs to acclimate to the water temp. I have done that with other fish in bags, but not sure what to do with him in a cup.
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Old 10-04-2013, 08:49 PM   #6 
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I also had only acclimated fish in bags, not cups.
You could move him from the cup to the bag...that is an option.

We put our new Betta into our tank last Sunday - not even a week yet!
He was in a cup....here is what I did...

Floated cup in tank for 20 minutes (trying to warm him up because I could tell that cup water was cooler than my tank).
After that - I took out a little cup water, and put in a little tank water - all this while leaving the cup floating in the tank.
First time I did that I gave him about 10 minutes with the 'new' bit of water.
Then I took out some cup water and added that amount of tank water back into the cup....I repeated this several times and would let him hang out at least 5 minutes between taking out/adding in.
Every time I'd take out his cup water - I'd put it down the sink.
**I used new never-used, hot-water rinsed Solo cups for this process. One Solo cup was for dipping tank water, one for dipping out the old cup water.

The whole process - all the time with the cup floating in the tank - took about an hour.

We were putting him into a 5 gallon filtered tank with a heater - brand new set up.

When I cut him loose into the tank I also added half of the container of Dr Tim's One & Only (shout out to Hallyx for that suggestion - Dr Tims is my new favorite product).

So far - so good. All is well and daily water test results show everything at zero. Sweet.
Fish seems happy, eating well...acting fine...

I had the tank up and running a little over 24 hours when we brought the fish home too - make sure you do that so you know your heater is ok and all that.
I use Prime as my water conditioner.
I also have a thermometer in the tank - the kind that sinks and you just shove it into some gravel.
I got the Prime, heater, Dr Tims and some other stuff from Foster & Smith - I had enough for free shipping - they even put the Dr Tim's in cold packs - even with the free shipping.

Good luck!
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Old 10-04-2013, 09:01 PM   #7 
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Exactly you can do it in a bag, or the way SalsaMom suggested .

Make sure you check the betta hammock it might contain a thin wire down the stem of the plant which can rust,and pollute your water. You can easily fix this problem by pulling the wire out before placing it in the tank. :) But i think they have new version of the betta hammock which don't have this wire any more.

Definitely check the heater in a bucket of the water for at least 24 hrs to make sure it not defective and don't leach anything in to the water. There were a few problems before that happened to a few people.

And let us know about new betta!
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Old 10-07-2013, 06:25 PM   #8 
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Thank you everyone!!!! I have his tank all set up. I am going to pick out a fish and get him into the tank tomorrow.

I am going to pick up water conditioner. What is Dr. Tim's one and only?
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Old 10-07-2013, 06:33 PM   #9 
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Dr Tim's One & Only is a beneficial bacteria starter.
I got a bottle from Foster & Smith and used half of it in the 5 gallon we set up just over a week ago.
So far the new Betta is happy in there and my ammonia, nitrites and nitrates are all staying at zero during my daily water tests - which is great.

I put half the bottle in at the same time I added the new fish.
Made the water cloudy for about an hour and after that it was fine.

I used it in an attempt to jump start the cycle so to speak and hopefully avoid lots of water changes the first few weeks, while reducing stress due to water quality for the fish.

I still test daily (this is day 8 of the fish being in there) - but so far it's accomplished my goal and made the Betta tank easier for me and healthier for the fish too.
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Old 10-07-2013, 10:08 PM   #10 
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If you not going to cycle your tank you don't need to use beneficial bacteria though. Did you decided if you want to cycle your tank?
Also take the sample of your tap water to the pet store to check for the ammonia. A lot of people seems to have this problem. The store will do it for you for free. And ask them for the actual reading too, instead of them telling that water is fine. Also if there is ammonia in your tap water buy water conditioner Prime. It's the best recommended if you have any problem with your water.
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