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Old 05-17-2013, 12:37 AM   #1 
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I'm new..but here's my betta

So I'm pretty new to this. I've had bettas before but more as family pets. This is my first betta that I'm going to try to keep as my own
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He doesn't have a name yet but these were the best pictures I could get. You can't exactly see the colors but he's got red fins with purple tips, a blue body and when the light hits it different ways you can see green, purple, and a lighter blue.
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Old 05-17-2013, 05:23 AM   #2 
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Hi, jlover. You have a lovely veiltail.

May I ask if you have a heater? Bettas are tropical fish and should be kept ideally in temperatures around 76-82 degrees Fahrenheit. Unless you live somewhere that is consistently warmer than those temperatures (water always runs a few degrees cooler than the air), you are going to need a heater for your betta to thrive.
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Old 05-17-2013, 10:11 AM   #3 
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I do not have a heater but I don't have air conditioning and where I live it has been very hot here lately. I made sure it was going to be warm before I got him because I don't have the money for one right now. I've been making sure the water stays at a good temperature though. I will buy one before the weather starts cooling off I just need to save up some money for it
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Old 05-17-2013, 11:11 AM   #4 
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You should also invest in a thermometer (2-3 bucks at most pet stores), as constant temp fluctuations aren't the best for them. Also, if that is a plastic plant, you may want to consider switching to silk (roughly the same price). Your boy has some beautiful fins and plastic has been known to sometimes tear them.

It looks like you're off to a good start thus far. Welcome to the hobby and forum.
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Old 05-17-2013, 11:24 AM   #5 
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Get a larger tank, and invest in a heater
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Old 05-17-2013, 11:26 AM   #6 
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I will. I had planned on getting one next time I was in town.
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Old 05-17-2013, 11:26 AM   #7 
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For now this works fine. And the water is warm enough. I did look around before I got my fish. I wasn't going in this completely blind.
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Old 05-17-2013, 11:30 AM   #8 
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The tank would be a good quarantine tank. :) I have a 1 gallon specifically for healing my betta's.
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Old 05-17-2013, 11:39 AM   #9 
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Glad you did some research jloyer! I know not all of us could say that we did before our first Betta fish :)

He's a beautiful boy for sure! I just wanted to make sure that you had water conditioner for him when you change out his water? Or if you age water, either way is fine. Just wanted to ask because Betta's, well actually all fish will be harmed from the chlorine from your tap water (assuming you use tap)

I hope all goes well and good luck with him! If you ever need help, we're here for you to explain anything or just talk :)
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Old 05-17-2013, 11:42 AM   #10 
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When I first looked up the size I read 1 gallon would be fine. I didn't have the money for a bigger one at the time but I plan on getting a bigger one hopefully in the near future.
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