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Old 07-18-2010, 08:17 PM   #1 
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Is this a good setup?

Hi I'm new to this forum and have been planning on getting a betta for quite some time now. I have had bettas before but have not seemed to have much luck with them. I have decided to try again because i love them so much so i got a five gallon bowfront tank with a sponge filter, a theo hydor 50 watt heater, black gravel and lots of silk plants that i tested with nylons to make sure they won't tear my bettas fins. I also have an Asian bridge and an Asian tower for hiding. If anyone has suggestions as to what i could do better please feel free to give them! Also i have heard that putting aquarium salt in can be good or bad.. what do you suggest? Thanks again
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Old 07-18-2010, 08:32 PM   #2 
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Do you have a Thermometer? Dechlorinator? Sounds good to me. I would check the decorations for sharp edges. Aquarium salt should only be used when you need it, for torn fins, fin rot, etc.
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Old 07-18-2010, 08:34 PM   #3 
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Hello and welcome to the forum. Your setup sounds good to me. You don't need to use aquarium salt unless your betta is sick.
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Old 07-18-2010, 11:04 PM   #4 
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Sounds great! If your 50w heater ever breaks down (not likely...Hydor Theo heaters seem pretty reliable), I'd recommend a 25w for a 5-gallon.

Aquarium salt is cheap and good to have on hand in case your betta tears his fin - it'll help prevent infection. Just be sure to dissolve it in dechlorinated water before adding it otherwise it'll "burn" the betta.

I've been using it on my betta with a majorly torn fin for about a month. I added the dosage recommended on the package when I received him with a section of his dorsal fin missing all the way down to his body. But the the fin started turning red along the tear anyway, indicating infection. So then I doubled the dosage of the aquarium salt and the redness went away in two days and his fin has been steadily growing back. It's been almost a month now and his fin is halfway grown back.

So yep, I recommend aquarium salt for torn fins.
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Old 07-18-2010, 11:29 PM   #5 
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Sounds great. =] Just make sure that it's cycled first though! =]
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Old 07-18-2010, 11:56 PM   #6 
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Yes, you should research the Nitrogen Cycle and how to perform a fishless cycle before you put your fish in. Otherwise, sounds great. If you read around the forum a bit you'll get an idea of what food and other products are decent.
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Old 07-19-2010, 10:43 AM   #7 
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Thanks everyone :) yes i do have a thermometer and I have researched the fishless cycling but i have another question. I have a ten gallon that isn't being used and i was wondering which tank would be better to use for the betta? I am going to be in a dorm room so i am not sure the ten gal will fit but if it does should i use that instead?
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Some of my bettas freaked out in a 10-gallon but are super happy in 5's. Others are happy in both. But all of them seemed happy when provided 5 gallons... so I think 5 gallons is ideal, especially for a dorm room.
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Old 07-19-2010, 11:58 AM   #9 
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Thank you I think i am going to use my ten though and if he freaks out I will use my five that i am bringing for a quarantine tank.
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