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Old 09-06-2010, 02:18 PM   #1 
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Some Questions

I read the sticky but I have a hard time processing a lot of new info at once. Well, it's more about how I receive it. Anyway, I decided it's high time to get another Betta. I haven't had one in years. What supplies will I need to start? My understanding is:
  • A tank of at least 2 gallons
  • Variety of food
  • Safe hiding place
  • Gravel
  • Filter
  • Something to Test the Water
  • Drops to Balance the Water

As for a tank - I was looking at a lava lamp looking tank, but it had so little room and doesn't seem like a good tank after reading this. Is there a good tank with LED lights?

I have a 2 year old. The tank will be kept in my room, but I'm still worried. I've seen tanks that mount to the wall, but I'm not sure that's a good idea for the wall or fish? Any ideas for a more child-secure tank?
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Old 09-06-2010, 02:41 PM   #2 
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You'll also need a heater/thermometer, since the water needs to stay at 75-85 degrees. A couple fake plants would be nice; if you decide on those get silk rather than plastic. Plastic rips fins and causes damage.

This is the tank I'm using right now. I have two four-year-old cats that get into everything, but so far all they can do is watch the betta. I realize a toddler is probably a little bit more of a threat than a cat, but if the tank is up where they can't reach it you should be just fine. The tank comes with a filter and light already, and replacement filters are relatively cheap.
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I have found that cats and toddlers are about equally sneaky and destructive. Toddlers just have disposable thumbs...

Thanks for the advice.

Edit: Oh, and an under gravel Filtration system does not replace th need ofr an air pump, right?

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Haha. (:

You're welcome! Hopefully someone else will pop in here and offer an opinion as well.
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Old 09-06-2010, 07:53 PM   #5 
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I have found that cats and toddlers are about equally sneaky and destructive. Toddlers just have disposable thumbs...

Thanks for the advice.

Edit: Oh, and an under gravel Filtration system does not replace th need ofr an air pump, right?
"DISPOSABLE" thumbs??? Does that mean you can throw their thumbs away???

Just kiddin' with ya - I knew what you meant.
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"DISPOSABLE" thumbs??? Does that mean you can throw their thumbs away???

Just kiddin' with ya - I knew what you meant.
Sorry. My pregnancy brain just carried over into mommy brain.
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