Originally Posted by lionsftb52
hey everyone, i'm planning on going out this weekend to buy everything i need for a betta. So i was wondering if anyone can give me reccommendations on what brands i should get i.e. Tank, heater, light, filter. and what kind.
And anything else i might need.
I'm planning on either getting a 3or5 gal tank with one betta, moss balls, ghost shrimp and snail. i'm not sure on if i want live plants yet or not depending if i can find some locally(i live in stillwater OK) or if someone can point me in the direction of buying them online i'd be grateful. But if i do i will probably have a mix of live and fake plants.
thank you for all the help!
price wise, I do recommend the hagen elite 25w heaters with an adjustable knob. usually less than $15 from amazon.
if you havent decided on live plants, I will also hold off on the shimps and snails. a 5 gallon is just fine for 1 betta fish. stocking more is a little too adventurous :)
I love the azoo mignon 60 filters. they are ultra quite and doesnt take up tank space.
if you can find a sprig of fast growing plant, I'm sure you will have a tank full by the end of a month ;) I highly recommend water wisteria for the ease of keeping, fast growth and it's beauty. I believe some members are selling this right now.
If you cant find any, you can pm me and I can sell you a plant package (providing the place you live isn't freezing.)
now plants are very beautiful. I planted my 2.5 gallon, you can do so much more with a 5 gallon. before you plant anything, make sure you are able to buy a 6500k bulb for your light (you can go down to 5000k and up to 10000k).
personally I use a student clamp lamp. the bulbs are easy to find. if you have a home depot nearby I believe they have clamp lamps for $6 which you can place over the glass of your tank cover.
If you are not going for a planted tank, I recommend you look into cycling. with a filter your tank should gradually cycle anyway. but it's always good to know when you can stop doing those tedious 100% water changes :)
hope this helps and welcome the the betta keeping hobby