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Old 11-18-2008, 01:47 PM   #1 
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my first betta - lots o questions

Hello all!

So I just got my first betta . He's really cute and I would like for him to be around for a long time.

1st question - I have all these cool seashells and would like to have them in the tank - good idea or bad idea? Also, I have all these nice smooth river rocks that I'd like to use.

I've read somewhere something about calcium and how it's bad for bettas. Is this true?
I'm pretty sure seashells are mostly made of calcium.

There will be more questions to come for sure. Didn't want to bombard you guys with questions. So I'll ask a couple at a time
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Old 11-18-2008, 01:54 PM   #2 
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hello and welcome.
we'll try and help with all the questions you may have. :)
the shells will raise the PH levels,so don't put them in.
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Old 11-18-2008, 02:18 PM   #3 
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will do! or i guess i mean, will NOT do

The river rocks should be ok though, right?
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Old 11-18-2008, 02:20 PM   #4 
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Glad to hear about your betta! What size is your tank for your betta?
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Old 11-18-2008, 02:30 PM   #5 
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Glad to hear about your betta! What size is your tank for your betta?
Ok so currently, Ted Pinkerton is in a one gallon bowl. But as I'm reading all this great information, I'm going to make a trip to the store after work to get Ted a 5 gallon tank, heater, and filter.

Anything else?
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Old 11-18-2008, 02:59 PM   #6 
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How about a couple of silk plants for him.
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Old 11-19-2008, 09:50 AM   #7 
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Ok so I went to the two major pet stores last night (Petco & Petsmart).

I really wanted a GLASS 5 gallon tank.

Apparently, they don't exist in these stores.

So I settled for a plastic tank - which I really shouldn't of but I really wanted to get him in a bigger tank so I could get him a heater. Currently, the temperature in his little one gallon bowl reads: 70 degrees

I didn't want Ted to have to spend another night in cold water, so I settled for the plastic tank.

Of course, when I got home, I discovered that there was big crack at the bottom of the tank. By this time, the stores had closed.

One more night in cold water.

Online I've found a bunch of local fish shops so I will be stopping by a couple of them after work to see if they have what I'm looking for.

Question #2:

Heater issue. The smallest I've found is a Hydor Mini-Heater for 2 - 5 gallon tanks. Is this sufficient?
I was hoping to get a heater that can be controlled - different settings.
This one only has one setting.

Question #3:

Filter. I'm very confused about this one. I keep hearing different things. Sponge filters are good. Sponge filters arent good enough.
Whats the deal with filters?

I'm hoping the staff at the fish shops I'm going to this evening will be more knowledgeable than the staff I encountered at Petco/Petsmart last night.

wow can this post get any longer?

Thanks ahead of time for any info/advice.

p.s. - yes I will be getting him some silk plants - thanks for the idea!
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Old 11-19-2008, 10:43 AM   #8 
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I have a Hydor 25W heater in my 5 gallon. It's adjustable, and I've had absolutely no problems with it. I'd recommend it highly.

I'm using an Aqueon PowerFilter. The flow is kinda stong, but I solved that problem with a bit of aquarium sponge cut to fit around the intake and in the outtake. Really easy. I've heard the sponge filters work too, though, but I couldn't tell you which one to get.
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If you can't find what you want at petstores, you can also order online at Pet Supplies, Dog Supplies, Cat Supplies, Pet Meds & Pet Products. I have heard other people on the forum reccommend it.
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Old 11-20-2008, 05:20 PM   #10 
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I use the 25W Hydor heaters as well. Great heaters.

Sponge filters can be good...it really all depends. I, personally, wouldn't use one for a small betta tank for two reasons: they take up a lot of room in the tank and with a decent air pump there can be a lot of water movement at the surface, which will bug the fish. A power filter with an adjustable flow rate might be a better choice. It would also be cheaper and easier to set up.

For example, for a sponge filter for a 5g tank, you would need:
-The filter itself, like this one ($6):
Lustar Hydro I Sponge Filter
-An air pump like this small one ($6):
Whisper 10 Air Pump (Tetra)
-Airline tubing ($1):
8' Flexible Airline Tubing (Penn Plax)
-An air stone ($1.29 for a 4-pack):
Air stone Quad Pack

Or, you could just get this $7 power filter and be done with it:
Nano Hang-On Filter - Clear

I've seen standard 5.5g glass tanks at Petsmart for about $12, including the glass canopy. Weird that yours didn't stock them, although I wouldn't put it past those chain stores to stop carrying the cheap glass tanks and instead focus on the expensive kits.
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