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Old 03-04-2008, 11:43 AM   #1 
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Flares up??

Hello i am new to the betta fish world. What does it mean if the betta flares up alot at u???
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Old 03-04-2008, 12:20 PM   #2 
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he's probably a little stressed out - maybe because he's in a new environment or because he feels threatened.....what size tank is he in?

Give him some plants and some miniature rocks or caves to use as hiding places....I am also assuming he has a heater?
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Old 03-04-2008, 04:42 PM   #3 
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Ok. idk how big it is not big at all. and I will get some rocks and plants for it. Does it have to be live plants and what would the best type of plant be? and It does not have a heater. How much do thos cost? and the reason it is not big i read tht they didnt need a big place.
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Old 03-04-2008, 04:51 PM   #4 
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There's a lot of myths out there about bettas. If you can afford to buy a 5 gallon or so that would be great. Bettas need swimming room just like all other fish. You don't have to have live plants, if you choose to get some java ferns are good and easy. Or else silk plants. As far as flaring it's either or stress or he's seeing his reflection. You can get heaters under $15, it depends. The smaller the tank the lower the wattage.
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Old 03-04-2008, 04:53 PM   #5 
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ok the tank is actually a betta-tech fish bowl. About how big is tht so an upgrade sounds good?
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Old 03-04-2008, 04:54 PM   #6 
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tank size

well just like humans they dont need a big space to live. BUT for them to be HAPPY he would need a good 2.5 to 5 gallon tank. bcuz sticking them in a small place i like u living in one room your whole life. not much fun :(

and the plants dont have to be live but live plants are better bcuz they put oxygen in the water.
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Old 03-04-2008, 04:57 PM   #7 
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An upgrade would be great for him. Even a 2.5 gallon would be better but if you're gonna spend the money you might as well swing for the 5 and give him paradise. For a 2.5 gallon a mini-heater would work great (Marineland and Hydor both make quality ones, 7-10 watts) and the mini-bows usually come with a filter, and if you get a 5 gallon tank then you should have a 25 watt heater. A thermometer would be good in both cases also.
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Old 03-04-2008, 05:04 PM   #8 
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ok. So 5 gallons would be perfect for one betta? And I will prolly end up getting live plants and a heater. But what size heater for a five gallon tank??
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Old 03-04-2008, 06:10 PM   #9 
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Ulesss the room he is in is very cold, a 25 watt heater should be enough to heat a 5 gallon very nicely.
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Old 03-04-2008, 06:26 PM   #10 
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ok. Thanx for all ur help guys!!!
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