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Old 05-17-2013, 11:45 AM   #11 
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I do use tap water so I made sure to get some water conditioner. My family has had bettas before but I don't think they lived longer than a few months. We never used conditioner so that was probably why
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Old 05-17-2013, 11:48 AM   #12 
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Ah okay, well glad you did get it :D We did the same thing when I was young too except we had a 20 gallon tropical fish tank with like...everything in it >< We were those people haha jk. But yeah, I always fine that Conditioner and heater's are a must (well I live in New England and it can get real cold her at night so I need heaters even in the summer) for most cases. Of course that's different if you live in a warmer climate like you indicated.

But yeah, looks great and welcome to the forum :D
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Old 05-17-2013, 11:48 AM   #13 
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That's a gallon? That's fine then. :) I have a betta who is stressed in larger tanks in a heated one gallon.
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Old 05-17-2013, 11:53 AM   #14 
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We kept them in less than gallon bowls before. I'm not sure how big but it was bigger than those cups that they keep them in the store. But I would'nt put them in anything smaller than what I have now. But I do plan on getting a heater and hopefully a bigger bowl/tank before winter comes around. Like I said I don't have an air conditioner so it's hot in the house I'm just afraid even if I got a tiny heater I'd fry him
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Old 05-17-2013, 11:54 AM   #15 
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Yes it's a gallon. I wouldn't make him live in anything less than a gallon. He seems happy in it at least. But I would love to get something bigger for him someday hopefully soon
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Old 05-17-2013, 12:02 PM   #16 
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One gallon is fine... Provided that it is warm and clean enough. You really need a thermometer, you can't just feel it and say it's warm enough. I suggest heaters not only to keep the water warm but to keep the water at a stable temp. Also, in a one gallon tank, you should clean it at least every three days. Welcome to the forum!
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Old 05-17-2013, 12:47 PM   #17 
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I will make sure it's clean. Like I said I plan on getting a thermometer and a heater
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Old 05-17-2013, 03:09 PM   #18 
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This is a perfect example of what I dislike the most about this forum. Everyone tries to be helpful, but the tank size issue is beaten to death! What better way to scare someone away from the forum and from potentially learning better and better ways to care for their fish than to hound them in one of their very first posts! If we were to all just congratulate a new member on their new fish and realize that ANY tank is better than the filthy, nasty cups these fish live in at the pet stores, most likely the member will stick around here and do enough reading to piece together what they need to give their fish an ideal home.

With that, let me say - Congratulations, jloyer, on your new fish. He's a beautiful boy. And thank you for rescuing another betta from his little prison cell. Stick around... there really is some great information to be learned here.
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Old 05-17-2013, 03:26 PM   #19 
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To be fair, I didn't mention it was a 1 gallon bowl and they just thought it looked smaller. But yes, I have read many comments arguing about the size of whatever they live in. I do agree. And thank you
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See? I thought it was smaller than a gallon.
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