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Old 02-15-2012, 04:27 PM   #1 
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Question Beginner's Supplies?

Okay so yeah my grandma really likes my bettas and wants to get one but she hasn't had experience for like 20 years. Are there any beginner packs I can look for? She wants something under 4 gallons and some supplies. Any ideas? Oh and don't worry, I always visit her so I'll help her if her new betta gets sick.
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Old 02-15-2012, 05:00 PM   #2 
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Unfortunately, there are no good packs, only the horrible 1/2 gallons. :P You'd have to sort of assemble one that actually fits a betta's needs.

she might want a 2 gallon tank. I know the sell most stores ones that look like mini ten gallons- glass with black rims, and they're nice :) Also, kritter keepers (medium sized) are about 2.5 gallons, and about 13 dollars. There are acrylic ones, but they can be expensive...

she'd need a heater (5 watts per gallon, though it is okay with the adjustable ones to go over a bit), dechlorinator (Prime works wonders -only 2 drops per gallon), food (Omega One betta buffet pellets are great quality and the perfect size), and of course a fish :D

Decor and gravel would be up to her (just make sure any plastic plants or caves have no sharp edges- if necessary, run a pair of pantyhose over them. If they snag or rip, so would a betta's tail).

Water changewise, make sure she knows in a 2 gallon to change the water twice a week (one 50% and one 100% ).

In anything under a 4 gallon, also, no other tank mates would be advised.

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Old 02-15-2012, 05:15 PM   #3 
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I would look on Kijiji, or Craigs list

I just got a 5 gal, Fluval Chi with LOADS of accessories for Betta's and other tropical fish for 30$... retail value the tank plus supplies would have been over 120$ It came with the entire Fluval Chi setup, a bamboo plant (fake) a hidey cave, black gravel (enough for 2, 5 gal tanks), water conditioner, water cycle, water EVERYTHING haha, not to mention a scrubby brush and loads of food.
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Old 02-15-2012, 05:50 PM   #4 
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I would look on Kijiji, or Craigs list

I just got a 5 gal, Fluval Chi with LOADS of accessories for Betta's and other tropical fish for 30$... retail value the tank plus supplies would have been over 120$ It came with the entire Fluval Chi setup, a bamboo plant (fake) a hidey cave, black gravel (enough for 2, 5 gal tanks), water conditioner, water cycle, water EVERYTHING haha, not to mention a scrubby brush and loads of food.
Wow! That's one hell of a deal! Lucky you!

As the first response to the message said, you'll probably have to assemble the kit yourself. I bought a 3 gallon Kritter Keeper(10$ on sale), a RedSea nano filter(20$), a heater(10$ on sale), thermometer (3$). So overall with the gravel (I already had enough decorations at home) it came to about 45$... And then you're sure to have the right kit because you made it yourself.
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Old 02-15-2012, 08:29 PM   #5 
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Thanks! Now if I can either find a marble or pure red betta. Lol I can already imagine him swimming all happily building a bubblenest which my grandma will have NO idea what it is until I tell her. >U>
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Old 02-16-2012, 01:59 AM   #6 
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I would look on Kijiji, or Craigs list

I just got a 5 gal, Fluval Chi with LOADS of accessories for Betta's and other tropical fish for 30$... retail value the tank plus supplies would have been over 120$ It came with the entire Fluval Chi setup, a bamboo plant (fake) a hidey cave, black gravel (enough for 2, 5 gal tanks), water conditioner, water cycle, water EVERYTHING haha, not to mention a scrubby brush and loads of food.
Dang, nice find.

/jealous
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Old 02-16-2012, 02:14 AM   #7 
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Thanks! Now if I can either find a marble or pure red betta. Lol I can already imagine him swimming all happily building a bubblenest which my grandma will have NO idea what it is until I tell her. >U>
It is so cute that your Grandma is getting a betta! I wish her the best of luck with her little buddy!
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