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Old 09-11-2012, 01:04 PM   #1 
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Smile New tank? New friend?

Hi everyone!

I've had my male betta for about a year now, his name is Fishy (oh so creative, I know) and he's a spunky little guy. He likes to jump for his food and watch TV (and people too!). I've been thinking about getting him a new tank for a little while now because the one I have has no lighting and the shape doesn't lend itself to adding lighting very well. He's currently in this: http://www.amazon.com/Hagen-Marina-A...lien+fish+tank

It's a 2.65 gallon tank, with a filter, and I bought one of those flat little betta heaters for the bottom under the pebbles.

I was thinking about getting a larger tank since I want to get a new one for lighting purposes so I can get real plants and they won't die on me.

I figured since I'll be getting a larger tank, I may as well try and get Fishy a friend as well.


I'm looking for suggestions for a tank mate and a tank for Fishy. I'm trying to keep the tank cost under $50... really as cheap as possible for decent quality (I'm a college student working 2 jobs, so... the cheaper the better, but I certainly want the best I can afford for my fish.).

I'd also prefer to buy both the tank and tank mate at a local store. I live between Ardmore, PA and West Philadelphia... if that helps with stores at all.

Thanks everyone!
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Old 09-11-2012, 08:17 PM   #2 
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well for other fishes to be with bettas I'd defiantly get a 10 gallon or larger and this chart (even though it says female betta) will tell you what fishes will be compatible with him. http://www.funfishtank.com/wp-conten...rt-for-you.jpg
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Old 09-11-2012, 08:27 PM   #3 
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Fantastic, thank you!


Would you recommend 10 gal for just one extra friend for him? Or could I add multiple extras? I'm not sure what the bio-waste is per creature or where to find that.

And if I get a 10 gal, is there a specific one you could recommend? As I said, I'm trying to find one that's inexpensive, and I could buy in person rather than online.


Thanks again!
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Old 09-11-2012, 08:49 PM   #4 
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a normal ten gal you can get from wally world for about 12-14 bucks.as long as you got a 10 gallon HOB (hang on back) filter you could get a school of any of the schooling fish on the list. Mollies, platties, cory cats, rasboras, or any type of tetra (keep in mind the tetras can get nippy).
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Old 09-11-2012, 08:51 PM   #5 
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Oh awesome! Thank you so much for your help! :)
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Old 09-11-2012, 09:25 PM   #6 
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NP. If you pick a schooling fish make sure you get at least 6 of them. They like company and do better in company of their own kind. You could also get a good school of ghost/cherry shrimp along with your new fishies, they put out near to no bio-load, and also a mystery snail for cleansing purposes.
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Old 09-11-2012, 09:37 PM   #7 
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Sounds like a big happy family. If I can save up some money for a new filter, lighting hood, and plants, I'll give it a go! Thanks again!
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Old 09-11-2012, 09:48 PM   #8 
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I would check your local craigslist first. I've seen some steals for 10 gallon tank and some possible extras. You might have to clean it but it will save you a ton. Also if you feel the need to buy once again walmart (although I hate to admit it) has the cheapest tanks/hoods/heaters I know of. Make sure it doesn't leak though. That was not a pleasant surprise...
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Old 09-11-2012, 10:01 PM   #9 
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Watch out with shrimp - many bettas will eat the smaller ones. I've had ghost shrimp with my bettas with very few problems. Then I decided to splurge on some yellow shrimp for one of my tanks; 7 of 10 were munched the first day. But they're really fun to watch, so try them, but maybe only add one or two to begin with, and see what happens.
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Old 09-12-2012, 03:42 PM   #10 
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Thank you for all of the help!

I found a 10 gallon tank on craigslist with the hood and light included as well as a filter for $15!

I'm wondering if the filter will be too strong for my betta even with a stocking on the end of it... it's a Whisper power filter 10. If so, what should I get to replace it?

Also, could anyone recommend a good heater for a 10 gallon tank? I have a little one for the tank he's in currently, but I know it's only recommended for up to 3 gallons, which clearly won't do it.


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