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Old 04-01-2013, 10:40 AM   #11 
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LOL. I haven't broken one yet, but I haven't tried to move it much either!
Ah. See I only purchased one to use in six tanks (seven when conditioning). So it got moved a ton. :P
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Old 04-01-2013, 10:41 AM   #12 
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I've always used a glass one. And I've only broke one! xD so far...lol, idk how it happened either!
Omg I know. This last one was in my conditioning tank. I took it out and it was broken. I took the girl out and cleaned the whole thing, but there were no glass pieces in it. I was SO CONFUSED. How does this even happen to me!?
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Old 04-01-2013, 10:43 AM   #13 
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Omg, me too! XD I couldn't find any of the pieces or ANYTHING! Lol, I think Count Manzeppi (in my profile pic) was wondering why he got an extra water change. XD
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Old 04-01-2013, 10:44 AM   #14 
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Well, sounds like you need a digital thermometer! xD
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Old 04-01-2013, 10:46 AM   #15 
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I bought a new glass one. I haven't broke this one...yet. My ain't I optimistic this morning? Lol!
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Old 04-01-2013, 11:20 AM   #16 
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Also good idea to test the heater in a bucked of water for about 24 hrs before putting it in the tank. Lets's you find out if it will hold a decent temperature , or if it is defective and leaching anything in the tank. I saw a few post when heater was broken and leached some fluid....
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Old 04-01-2013, 11:34 AM   #17 
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Here is my list

1) Tank of about 3 gallons or more
2) Stress coat water conditioner. Sorry all you PRIME lovers but I hate the stuff - it REEKS
3) Sand. Of course you can use gravel or none at all but I like the look of sand better
4) Heater - do not get one by TETRA or TOP FIN. Tetra ones don't work for crap and Top Fin - many people say they break or leach stuff into the tank.
5) Thermoter
6) oversized silk plant - I like them to be too big because it gives the fish something to swim through and rest on. Also some of the plastic ones are OK. I use tetra water wonder ones as floating plants and the bettas sleep in them at night. But you inda have to know which kind to get. Some are too sharp for betta fins
7) castle/cave/ect
8) Aquarium salt - just in case
9) Plain Epsom salt- just in case
10) Anti bacterial med like Furan 2, triple sulfa or maracyn 2 - just in case

Obviously the decor is my personal preference but a heater/theromoter/water conditioner are mandatory. you can go with a 1G but less space for the fish and more work for you in the long run
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Old 04-01-2013, 11:42 AM   #18 
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+1 to Tikibirds. List looks good!

On another note with the silk plants, there was a thread about some of them containing metal in the stem, so make sure to check for that and remove it if necessary.
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Old 04-01-2013, 11:46 AM   #19 
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Additional items I have, I thought I may as well post:
Stress Coat Plus
River rock (I find it easier to clen than gravel and I like it's looks)
I've upgraded to a 5 gal critter keeper
AQ salt
Melafix
API plant food
Dwarf anubias
Moss ball
Reading lamp that I've clipped onto my tank


Btw, my heater is a hagen 25w non submersible but I love it.
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Old 04-01-2013, 01:45 PM   #20 
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Thanks for all the great advice and lists! I really appreciate the help. I should be getting the fish as soon as my mother returns from getting my dog out of the kennel (we just got back from vacation yesterday and he was staying there while we were gone). As for the fish itself, I know to look for a relatively active one, but if it seems to have damaged fins what's the best way to help the fins heal quickly?
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