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Old 10-17-2013, 12:04 AM   #11 
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You'll definitely love having a 5g. I got a 2.5g last month and have already upgraded to a 5g this month. I dont know anything about that tank or heater though. Hopefully someone else who has that tank can give you some feedback. I know there is a thread I saw not long ago that asked for recommended 5gs. I'll have to see if I can find the link, I cant remember what tanks were on there.

Im not sure how much the heater your looking at costs or what type it is, but I highly recommend an adjustable heater. They are so much easier to manage.

Also: pick up a thermometer as well. Preferably one that goes in the tank. The black ones that you stick on the outside of the tank arent very accurate.
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Old 10-17-2013, 12:07 AM   #12 
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Thank you very much. I appreciate all your feedback, it has really helped me.
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Old 10-17-2013, 02:29 AM   #13 
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Hey there Anagrim, the Walmart by me carries stress coat. I would simply call and check.

Walmart also has that Hawkeye. $29.00 then shipping is $4.97. So $33.97 :)

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Old 10-17-2013, 07:10 AM   #14 
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Get the biggest Glad (or some such brand) disposable plastic container, if it's at least a gallon. Order Prime 4 oz. (more versatile than Stresscoat) from Amazon or such, along with a heater and a thermometer. Get some Omega One pellets for free shipping.

Read this: http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/b...h-care-232570/
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Old 10-19-2013, 12:01 AM   #15 
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Here are pictures of the things I bought for Steve today. Please let me know if there is anything wrong with anything I got. I have to keep the aquarium and I know the water and gravel are ok because I've been using them the whole time I've had Steve. I'm just not sure about everything else. Please let me know what ya'll think.
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Old 10-19-2013, 12:25 AM   #16 
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You're going to be doing water changes, buying 'betta water' isn't practical. buy some water conditioner(a lot of people like Prime, I use AmQuel plus as it has an ammonia detoxifier).

your 5 gallon will start to cycle with a filter in there so you should buy a test kit:
link to one.
this way you can monitor the process and do water changes as needed. read the sticky on cycling, under "fish-in" as your betta will be in there.
Unless you plan to run the tank for a few weeks without him.

I would also recommend a plant. Something that will be ok in low-medium light but with broad leaves for him to rest on. Mine enjoys red ludwiggia.
Moss of some mind might also be good, mine enjoy playing in it.
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Old 10-19-2013, 01:28 PM   #17 
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You're going to be doing water changes, buying 'betta water' isn't practical. buy some water conditioner(a lot of people like Prime, I use AmQuel plus as it has an ammonia detoxifier).

your 5 gallon will start to cycle with a filter in there so you should buy a test kit:
link to one.
this way you can monitor the process and do water changes as needed. read the sticky on cycling, under "fish-in" as your betta will be in there.
Unless you plan to run the tank for a few weeks without him.

I would also recommend a plant. Something that will be ok in low-medium light but with broad leaves for him to rest on. Mine enjoys red ludwiggia.
Moss of some mind might also be good, mine enjoy playing in it.
I am waiting for my test kit and Prime to come in the mail. I bought the water so I could move him sooner. Will it be all right if I leave the filter out for now until I get the things I ordered? Also, can you please give me a website where I can order the plants that you mentioned? Thank you for your feedback.
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Old 10-22-2013, 10:16 PM   #18 
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I live in a large city where I can find almost everything, but I still buy all my supplies on Amazon...the price is less, it arrives in two days and with PRIME I never pay shipping. You have the added benefit of reviews by other users so you can decide if it's what you really want.
I got two adjustable 25W heaters for $15 each and they work perfectly. The only things I buy in the store are gravel and decorations. I got my plants on Aquabid.
YES.....I love online shopping...even got my Betta Big Bob online!!

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Old 10-25-2013, 10:24 PM   #19 
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Is the fish tank a 5 gallon or 3 gallon? Either way, 50 watts is a bit much and might overheat your tank. The problem with using heaters with too high wattage for your tank is that, even though they have a thermostat, when the heater turns off it is still hot and increases the temperature of the small amount of water too quickly. Also if god forbid the heater gets stuck in "on", it will cook your fish faster than a lower wattage would. If you can, I suggest you try to change it for a 25 watt adjustable heater =] You will probably need to buy it online because I think most pet stores only carry 50 watts and above.
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