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Old 12-30-2012, 08:43 PM   #1 
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Heated tank

Hi. I'm new to bettas and new to the forum. I want to move my betta into a bigger, heated tank. Something in the 3-5 gal. Range. How can I make the transition the least stressful for my fish? What's the best way to acclimate her to the warmer water? Also, advice on live vs. artificial plants.
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Old 12-30-2012, 08:55 PM   #2 
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It's the same water you'd be using in the new tank as you do the old tank, so you dont need to go overboard with acclimation. Just put him in his cup and float him in the new tank for about 15 min without the heater having been on at all yet.
Once he gets used to the new temp in his new tank you can turn the heater on. Only increase temp about 1-2 degrees per hour, and I wouldnt go any higher than 10 in a day (if there is that big of a difference)
Also, I'm assuming that he isnt in a heated tank alread. If he is in a heated tank then you can just do the first paragraph I wrote.

I Love live plants. They are very helpful with water quality and its not likely your fish will rip his fins on them. You do need to do more research with live plants than anything else, but its definitely worth it. If you decide against live, then use silk instead of plastic plants.
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Old 12-30-2012, 08:56 PM   #3 
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To transition your betta to warmer water you will need to cup her and float the cup inside the heated tank and let the temperature stablize. You will also need to slowly adjust her to the new water by adding some of the tank water to the cup every 15 minutes or so. I recommend an adjustable heater... the least stressful way to do this is to only increase the temperature a few degrees every hour. Sometimes, it is best to only increase it one or two degrees in 24 hours.. Which is easier with an adjustable heater. It really depends on the fish, though. Some can handle quicker temperature changes better than others.

EDIT: The reason I personally think it would be better to turn on the heater before hand is so that you know it will keep a stable temp. Some of them are a few degrees off... If you set it at 78 degrees, it could heat the water a few degrees above or below that. However, I have personally also put the heater in after the fish was in the tank and have had no problems, but I didn't immediately set the heater to 78... I slowly raised it to 78. My younger betta did a lot better handling the temperature change than my older one did.

Also, live plants are better for your betta than artificial plants because they act as a filter, but they are harder to keep alive, obviously. There are a few hardy and easy to care for beginner aquatic plants. They use the fish waste as fertilizer and keep the tank cleaner. They are also part of the biological filter that would happen in nature. Have you read about cycling your tank? Are you planning on using a filter in the new tank?

Cycling works best in larger tanks of at least five gallons but it is not completely impossible to do in a 3.5 gallon tank. It also allows for less frequent water changes. Your betta will appreciate a larger tank as long as it is decorated enough, especially if she is a female. They tend to be more active than males with their shorter fins and love to have space to swim around.

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Old 12-31-2012, 06:36 AM   #4 
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Thanks for the advice. Won't be using a filter for right now. I travel a lot with work so I won't be able to monitor the water peramiters like I need to. I willresearch more into live plants since they help provide some filtration.
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