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Old 06-16-2012, 03:30 PM   #1 
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First Betta Ever

Today we bought our first betta fish ever. I have cared for goldfish before and they lived to be 5 years until I had to give them away due to a big move across the country, and my husband has owned a red tail shark that died from old age and being ganged up on sichlids (sp?). Well I read up on some of the stuff needed for a betta and we were wondering if we got it all...
Our list is:
5.5 gallon tank
Betta Tank Water Conditioner
Gravel
A silk plant
Heater
Filter (came with tank)
Net
Light (came with tank)
Thermometer
And a baby betta from petco.
This is the first time in years I or my husband have cared for fish.
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Old 06-16-2012, 03:36 PM   #2 
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Baby bettas are hard to care for and require special food and more water changes. I'm sure someone will post on here with more specifics.
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Old 06-16-2012, 03:43 PM   #3 
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Welcome to the world of betta keeping! ^_^ It is hard to have just one though. XD

You got a wonderful tank for your little one. They'll really enjoy the space.
I would suggest a different conditioner though. You can get Prime at PetSmart )I think PetCo carries it too). It's better and lasts longer.
You'll need some kind of hiding place/cave for your new betta. This helps them feel secure and gives them a place where they can hide.
Silk plants are good. You'll want more than one though. Live plants are also good. Anubias are easily taken care of (need nothing special) and you can leave them floating to give the betta a place near the surface to rest.
I wouldn't suggest using the net. It can tear a betta's delicate fins. With females you don't have to worry about this as much, but males have the longer fins.

How big is your betta? You may have to get something such as Hikari First Bites for the little one to be able to eat it. New Life spectrum as a small fish pellet that is also really tiny.
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Old 06-16-2012, 03:53 PM   #4 
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Our betta is pretty small, like have the size of my pinky and I have small hands. We have Tetra Betta Plus floating mini tablets, and we bought the net to move the betta from the pet store cup to the tank because frankly, the water looks disgusting. We only have one plant for now mainly because by this point we spent $100 and anymore than that until next paycheck dips into money for diapers. Haha.
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Old 06-16-2012, 03:58 PM   #5 
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I mean half of my pinky. Haha. Sorry.
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Old 06-16-2012, 04:05 PM   #6 
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That isn't too terribly small. I've seen PetSmart sell them smaller. Just make sure the little doesn't have difficulty eating the food. If they do, you can try soaking them before feeding them to him or crushing them up first. Also keep in mind that their stomachs are the size of their eye. Overfeeding can lead to problems with their swim bladder.

When you can, I suggest the Prime and getting a "treat" to vary the diet. I bought a small bottle of Prime months ago and have 6 tanks with plenty of the bottle left.
Bettas need a varied diet. What you have should be fine for now so long as the little one can eat it. When you can, frozen foods as treats are good. I like to keep frozen daphnia on hand just in case any of mine get constipated because they work as a kind of natural laxative. They also enjoy bloodworms and mosquito larvae.
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Old 06-16-2012, 04:09 PM   #7 
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Yeah we'll leave the bugs to my husband but the pellets we'll try and petco told me that cause our little one is so small try to soak the food first. We came up with a name even though we are unsure as to the gender because of how tiny it is. I was also told that babies should only be fed once a day and adults should be fed twice a day? I'm unsure if that's ture because again this is petco...
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Old 06-16-2012, 04:29 PM   #8 
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welcome to the forum :D

It would probably be easier to just link the post I was talking about what I did with my baby when I got him.

I would suggest not to use your gravel or filter yet, but it's up to you. Messing with the gravel on a daily basis would have driven me absolutely crazy.

Here are some pictures of my baby after a month as well as what I did to care for him. (post I made) Hope this helps. There are some other baby betta posts that should be pretty helpful for you here in the forum too :)
http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=103691

It took me a while on the pictures in that thread because of technical difficulties. If you have any specific questions holler :)
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Old 06-16-2012, 04:30 PM   #9 
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That isn't correct at all. Silly people. Feed small meals several times a day. It's a bit like any baby really. They're growing. You'll also need to keep the tank very clean so he/she can grow properly and remain healthy.
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Old 06-16-2012, 04:47 PM   #10 
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Alright thank you. C:
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