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Old 05-20-2012, 08:52 PM   #1 
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Buying a new Betta Setup, What do you Think?

I'm buying a betta from aquabid, and I'm trying to get the very best possible setup for this guy on a $110 budget.

So, I was thinking of this 10 gallon tank: http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...453&lmdn=Shape

And this heater because it has good reviews, its not expensive, comes with actual temperature markings instead of a "+" and "-" sign which really drive me nuts, and it looks good: http://www.amazon.com/Hydor-THEO-Sub...7564427&sr=8-2

This filter, because its a sponge filter. I've lost two betta fish to filters, so I only use sponge filters anymore: http://www.amazon.com/Aquarium-Bioch...7562972&sr=1-4

An air pump, for operating the sponge filter:
http://www.amazon.com/Tetra-77851-Wh...7565099&sr=8-1

Already have airline tubing.

Also, I've never used sand substrate and I want to because it looks nice. Can someone tell me about it? (Estimating at $15.99 in final price for 10lbs)

I also have Omega One Betta Flakes, freeze-dried bloodworms, and BettaMin pellets.

Betta bed leaf: http://www.amazon.com/ZOO-MED-AQUATR...563576&sr=1-26

Thermometer: http://www.amazon.com/Marina-Floatin...7563855&sr=8-1

***PLANTS FROM WWW.AQUARIUMPLANTS.COM***
Amazon Sword - $2.63
Four Leaf Clover, Dwarf - $3.73
Micro Sword - $3.73
Dwarf Hairgrass - $3.79
Shipping - $19.27

TOTAL: $105.20
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Old 05-20-2012, 09:28 PM   #2 
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I think it's a great set up! But, did you account for the shipping on the Amazon items?
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Old 05-20-2012, 09:30 PM   #3 
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I think it's a great set up! But, did you account for the shipping on the Amazon items?
Yep, most of them came with free super saver shipping. I only had to pay shipping on the sponge filter and betta bed leaf. That is added in. Just remembered I didn't even include a fish, so I have to try to earn a bit of extra money somehow since I'm only 13. I could drop the plants for now and buy them another time, then I only need $10 or $15. Aquabid betta fish are generally $20 with another $15-$35 shipping..

A betta I particularly like: http://www.aquabid.com/cgi-bin/aucti...shm&1337580603
And another: http://www.aquabid.com/cgi-bin/aucti...shm&1337615032
Yet another: http://www.aquabid.com/cgi-bin/aucti...shm&1337617477

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Old 05-20-2012, 10:04 PM   #4 
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The light hood is incandescent. You do not want that. It also doesn't come with a bulb anyway. The Theo heaters are great BUT the 25w isn't sufficient for 10 gallons. It's rated for 5-7 gallons. You will need the 50w.
If you can get that sponge filter for $1.50 you can't beat that. I JUST looked at that today at Fosters/Smith and it's $9. They have the Theo 50w heater on sale for $17 though and I bought two...

What you could do is:
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Regent-10-...-1-ct/10312733
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Tetra-Heat...ndingMethod=rr

Than go to home depot and have a sheet of acrylic cut to fit the tank top and use this:
http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...kuId=202576721

You can also buy sand from home depot for $4-washed, dried and disinfected.
http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...&storeId=10051

clay pot:
http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...&storeId=10051

This will give you an entire set up complete with LEDs for roughly $50 including a small airpump.
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Old 05-20-2012, 10:18 PM   #5 
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The light hood is incandescent. You do not want that. It also doesn't come with a bulb anyway. The Theo heaters are great BUT the 25w isn't sufficient for 10 gallons. It's rated for 5-7 gallons. You will need the 50w.
If you can get that sponge filter for $1.50 you can't beat that. I JUST looked at that today at Fosters/Smith and it's $9. They have the Theo 50w heater on sale for $17 though and I bought two...

What you could do is:
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Regent-10-...-1-ct/10312733
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Tetra-Heat...ndingMethod=rr

Than go to home depot and have a sheet of acrylic cut to fit the tank top and use this:
http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...kuId=202576721

You can also buy sand from home depot for $4-washed, dried and disinfected.
http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...&storeId=10051

clay pot:
http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...&storeId=10051

This will give you an entire set up complete with LEDs for roughly $50 including a small airpump.
Good idea.. are you sure the sand is safe? If so, that saves me about ten dollars there with enough left over for four more tanks.. the only thing is, a review says the LED can only go for a few hours before needing a battery replacement. In that case, I'd better find one that plugs into the wall. The clay pot won't be necessary, I know how to make DIY caves out of gravel and aquarium silicone, I have both.
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Old 05-21-2012, 03:15 AM   #6 
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What is this 4-leaf-clover stuff? Is it actually aquatic? I'd also get some other tall plants, as you have a lot of ground cover there.

The sand should be safe - a lot of members here use it. :)
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Old 05-21-2012, 10:47 AM   #7 
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That is a great set up! the only thing i have to add is about food. the best food is hikari betta pellets and live or frozen blood worms for treats. they sell frozen bloodworms at petco for $5 and ccomes with a TON of bloodworms. i mean a TON. be sure to soak the pellets bbefore feeding to prevent bloating. these foods are not needed- but if you want to provide the best, thats it. :)
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What is this 4-leaf-clover stuff? Is it actually aquatic? I'd also get some other tall plants, as you have a lot of ground cover there.

The sand should be safe - a lot of members here use it. :)
I don't know about the four leaf clover, I just like the look of it. I like plants that sprawl out and make a carpet, which is why I also got the dwarf hairgrass.
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Do you have a link to it? You want to be sure that it won't rot in the tank. A lot of ground cover plants are also high light and many do better in nutrient rich substrate, so be prepared for that. :)

Teeney - make sure that Hikari near you haven't changed the ingredient. In some places, they appear to have made wheat flour the first ingredient and reduced the protein content. Regardless, I think NLS is generally a better food for them, and Attison's is widely considered by breeders like MrV to be the best. :)
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Do you have a link to it? You want to be sure that it won't rot in the tank. A lot of ground cover plants are also high light and many do better in nutrient rich substrate, so be prepared for that. :)

Teeney - make sure that Hikari near you haven't changed the ingredient. In some places, they appear to have made wheat flour the first ingredient and reduced the protein content. Regardless, I think NLS is generally a better food for them, and Attison's is widely considered by breeders like MrV to be the best. :)
http://www.aquariumplants.com/Four_L...uta_p/po25.htm
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