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Old 10-27-2012, 06:21 PM   #1 
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alright well i used to be a stalker of this forum and then stopped for a while. i used to have a betta when i was younger and i loved it unfortuantly it died after a few years. i also didnt have the best cage for it a fish bowl( i was only about 8) well today i was in petsmart and saw what i believe to be the most beautiful betta ever it is a bright baby blue half moon betta so of course i bought it since i icouldnt remember the exact mininum for the cage i bought a 1.5 gallon ( hopefully its big enough hes still small) the store reccomended a simple bowl i bought the tetra 1.5 led aquarium with the whisper filter i also bought glofish gravel (glows in dark) also bought two plants one glows in dark. with water conditioner and betta fish its omega one betta buffet the reason im naming everything to make sure its safe i hope i got everything right im also gonna get it something to hide in even though he loves the plant. am i missing anything to get?
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Old 10-27-2012, 06:34 PM   #2 
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you're on a good start, especially for someone who had nothing to go on but pet store advice. a few pointers though:

- 1.5 gallons may very well be big enough for him, but if he looks bored or overly lazy, you might want to upgrade him to a 3-5 gallon tank so he has some more swimming room.

- you're gonna need a heater. for an under 5 gallon tank that shouldn't run you any more than $12-15. if you can't find one that'll work for your volume with an adjuster knob, you can hook it up to a dimmer switch and adjust the temperature that way.

-make sure your plants are silk or another fabric, not plastic. especially for heavy-finned breeds like halfmoons, plastic plants can be dangerous since they can tear their delicate fins, which, in addition to being unsightly, can lead to infections for your little guy.

-glofish gravel doesn't glow in the dark, it glows under blue-spectrum LED lights.

other than that, welcome to the wonderful world of betta addiction.
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Old 10-27-2012, 06:38 PM   #3 
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ill get a heater tomorrow unless i find my current one and he is very active and exploring his plants seem like silk they dont stand up unless there is water in it and thank you for the tip on the gravel that would explain why the gravel seems like it is glowing when the leds are on i figured they were just good leds
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Old 10-27-2012, 06:56 PM   #4 
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Great can you post pics he sounds beautiful!!! A heater would top it off great and 1.5 is okay but I personally think they like 5 gals most.
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Old 10-27-2012, 07:16 PM   #5 
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ill probably upgrade his tank later on when he gets a little bigger and ill post pics now just not good ones since he is a little fast for a ipod camera lol
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Old 10-27-2012, 07:23 PM   #6 
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Old 10-27-2012, 07:48 PM   #8 
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he's beautiful...i like that his blue is absolutely solid from scales to fin edges. i missed out on a dragonscale plakat that was that exact shade last weekend :(
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He is beautiful!! I love him!!!
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Old 10-27-2012, 07:53 PM   #10 
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Love his coloring! congrats on your betta! 1.5 should be fine! Just make sure you keep up with water changes! I suggest one 50% midweek and one 100% at the end of the week!
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