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Old 04-19-2010, 11:58 AM   #11 
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2. Is a traditional Gold fish bowl a good beginner cage as I don't want to spend a ton of money on a cage.
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For a beginner, probably not. Bigger is easier, as the size/volume will be more forgiving for any mistakes you make with water quality, temperature, etc. However, if you cannot afford to get something larger, heat and frequent water changes are ESSENTIAL to your betta's health. Below are the generally accepted MINIMUM water change schedules according to volume (by leading authorities in betta keeping)...of course, more water changes is always preferable:

1 quart or less: 100% every other day
1/2-gallon: 50% every other day
1 gallon: 50% every week
2 gallons +: 50% every two weeks, but preferably at least 25%+ per week

Filtration will give you a little bit of a break on these schedules.
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Old 04-19-2010, 06:39 PM   #12 
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+1 on Mister Sparkle's post. Bigger, in this case, IS better. Less maintenance compared to that of a goldfish bowl. Plus, the bigger the prettier (if you know how to decorate).

And +1 on the Walmart 5 gallon. I have this as well. Unnaturally cheap, and works very well. (I would just recommend getting a fluorescent bulb, as the incandescent bulb is horribly hideous...IMO. Haha).
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Old 05-13-2010, 02:04 PM   #13 
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Below are the generally accepted MINIMUM water change schedules according to volume (by leading authorities in betta keeping)...of course, more water changes is always preferable:

1 quart or less: 100% every other day
1/2-gallon: 50% every other day
1 gallon: 50% every week
2 gallons +: 50% every two weeks, but preferably at least 25%+ per week

Filtration will give you a little bit of a break on these schedules.
If you have live plants, do you get to change the water less frequently? I thought the plants would take up the bad stuff.
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Old 05-13-2010, 02:16 PM   #14 
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Yes live plants do harbour a bacteria that can help the breaking down of wastes, but on the flip side, plants are known to rot and if the debris isn't removed from your tank it will produce ammonia which is dangerous to your fish, so a regular water change IMO is neccessary =)
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Old 05-13-2010, 05:12 PM   #15 
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How do you do a 50% water change? Ive always just done what i guess would be a 100%
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Old 05-13-2010, 05:26 PM   #16 
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50% water change is just half the water of the tank but it depends on what size tank you have, check out Mister S' post he knows his stuff
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Old 05-13-2010, 06:14 PM   #17 
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50% is just...50% of the water out. No scrubbing down is ENTIRELY necessary unless you want to, or you have some algae here and there you want to get rid of.

One plant won't make a difference with WC schedule. Neither will a couple plants. You really need a decent number for it to really positively affect you (and refer to Welsh's post about the negativities).
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I got a 5 gallon at Walmart for $35...I really like that it has the light. The heater I bought was $12, fake plants $9 and gravel $8...plus hiding spot tunnel thing $8.

Don't forget to get water conditioner.
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For a 50% is the fish still in the tank? and do you just use a cup or something to get the water out?
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You can leave the fish in the tank, most people usually do as do I =) a cup should be fine, or a siphon that you can buy
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