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Old 08-26-2012, 12:18 PM   #1 
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What temp should I keep my betta at?

What temp should I keep him at, Currently the heater is set to 26c.
the LFS said he should just be at room temp. which is around 18-20c

The ones they had in the store looked rather lethargic and dull, hen I got one from there and he is now in his tank he has perked up allot and doesn't just stay in one place.
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Old 08-26-2012, 01:05 PM   #2 
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I would turn it up to 27 C, bettas are tropical fish and they definitely need water warmer than room temperature to thrive (gotta love LFS advice)
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Old 08-26-2012, 01:32 PM   #3 
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I would turn it up to 27 C, bettas are tropical fish and they definitely need water warmer than room temperature to thrive (gotta love LFS advice)
I agree, 27 C is a good temperature. I wouldnt let it go less than 25.
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Old 08-26-2012, 01:35 PM   #4 
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Thanks guys, I will turn the heater up then :P
Did seem odd to me that they recommended by not heating the tank so I just heated it to what my community tank is.
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Old 08-26-2012, 01:43 PM   #5 
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Thanks guys, I will turn the heater up then :P
Did seem odd to me that they recommended by not heating the tank so I just heated it to what my community tank is.
Did they give you any other "advice" reguarding say, tank size, water changes, feeding, etc.?

Pet store employees are typically clueless about proper betta care.
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Old 08-26-2012, 02:03 PM   #6 
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What they said:
feeding: once every other day with betta flakes.
water changes: 20% - 30% weekly
Tank size: 6 litres minimum so about 1.5 US gallons
Temp: room temp

I am battling fin rot at the moment as he was in a 1 litre tub which was unfiltered and looked quite dirty. I got did get him at a huge reduction for it, I paid 1 for him instead of 9.99 which is about $15 usd, so I paid $1.50 instead.

How I am keeping him:
feeding: once daily, 4 days of the week 5 betta flakes once daily, 2 days of the week 3 defrosted blood worms.
water changes: 30% weekly
tank size: 33 litres (8 us gallons) and filtered which doesn't cause a big current, With bio media from a cycled established tank.
temp: 26c now 28c as heater doesn't do 27c
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Old 08-26-2012, 02:09 PM   #7 
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What they said:
feeding: once every other day with betta flakes.
water changes: 20% - 30% weekly
Tank size: 6 litres minimum so about 1.5 US gallons
Temp: room temp

I am battling fin rot at the moment as he was in a 1 litre tub which was unfiltered and looked quite dirty. I got did get him at a huge reduction for it, I paid 1 for him instead of 9.99 which is about $15 usd, so I paid $1.50 instead.

How I am keeping him:
feeding: once daily, 4 days of the week 5 betta flakes once daily, 2 days of the week 3 defrosted blood worms.
water changes: 30% weekly
tank size: 33 litres (8 us gallons) and filtered which doesn't cause a big current, With bio media from a cycled established tank.
temp: 26c now 28c as heater doesn't do 27c
He should be fed twice a day for six out of seven days a week. I'd reccomend pellets instead of flakes. With pellets it's easier to ensure he eats the right amount, since flakes can't be properly portioned. I reccomend new life spectrum pellets- you can feed 4 NLS pellets twice daily because the pellets are small.

What are your ammonia, nitrite & nitrate levels showing? If the tank truly is cycled (0 ammonia, 0 nitrite, and small levels of nitrate) then you will need to do 1 weekly water change of 25-50% to keep your nitrate low.
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Old 08-26-2012, 02:20 PM   #8 
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Ammonia: 0ppm
Nitrite: 0ppm
Nitrate: 10ppm

did a test with API liquid test kid and waited a few mins and that's my results.

I will have a look for new life spectrum pellets or something for bettas tomorrow as its too late to look today since the shops all shut at 4pm and its 8:20pm now.
Hopefully some of the bigger pet stores will be open tomorrow as its a public holiday.

I do need to do a water changed today but I cant find my syphon so I will have to get another one tomorrow if I don't find it.
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Ok sounds good :)
If you can't find NLS pellets, omega one is another good brand.
You can feed 3 omega one pellets twice daily ;)
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It sounds like you're doing well, I also recommend the New Life Spectrum pellets. The defrosted bloodworms are excellent too. I just got some myself, along with baby brine shrimp for my fry (who are almost 3 months old now!). Keep an eye on the fin rot, if it gets any worse be sure to post, but it should clear up nicely now that the poor guy is in a bigger tank with clean water. You may want to consider upgrading to an even larger tank later if you have the space. I have successfully kept bettas in 1.5 gallon tanks but it seems to me they have more fun when they have a full 3-5 gallons to zoom around in :)
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