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Old 06-20-2013, 01:39 AM   #1 
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Shopping list... Help?:)

Hey everyone! Here is my shopping list of supplies I'm considering. Any advice is much appreciated. Please let me know if these are good options or if there are better options out there for me.
I plan to not have a filter and do weekly water changes (cycling confuses the heck out of me).
And I'm on a college budget so... Yeah lol

Tank: http://www.thatpetplace.com/tetra-bu...llon-half-moon
Or:
http://www.petco.com/product/119280/...MobileOptOut=1 (I have this one for my other fish. But idk if to get 2 identical tanks or not lol)

Heater: http://www.thatpetplace.com/theo-heater-25w-ul-listed

Ornaments: http://www.thatpetplace.com/aquatic-...ftwood-6in-8in
Or:
http://www.thatpetplace.com/polyresi...nt-4in-6in-4in

Is this even humane? Or does it actually help him exercise...?
http://www.thatpetplace.com/floating...xercise-mirror

Others:
In tank thermometer
Silk plants
Prime water conditioner
OmegaOne pellets (where do I get NLS? I kind of want to try it)
Stress coat
Betta hammock
Gravel

Anyways...that's all I can think of.
Let me know if I missed anything! And let me know how good any of these things work. Thanks!
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Old 06-20-2013, 08:56 AM   #2 
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Pick up some aquarium salt & epson salt to have handy. Make sure the epson salt doesn't have any dyes or extra ingredients. Both of those items cost me about $3 at walmart.
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Old 06-20-2013, 09:09 AM   #3 
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Just some things that com to mind:
- API master liquid test kit
- gravel siphon
- pure ammonia
Your tank is going to cycle no matter what, but its better not to subject your fish to a cycle. There can be ammonia spikes which can severely hurt, or even kill him. This is the guide I use: http://http://www.aquariumadvice.com...ng-148283.html. If you still decide that you don't want to do a fishless cycle then your going to need to do more than weekly water changes. Almost daily at some points in your cycle.

NLS can be bought at PetCo or some small fish shops.

I've heard of members using those mirrors before, but I have no experience with them. I know that you aren't suppose to leave them in all day, and when you do put them in they shouldn't be there for more than 5 or 15 minutes.

Here are some optional things that are handy to have around:
- frozen bloodworms and brine shrimp
- Indian Almond Leaves
- API stress coat
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Old 06-20-2013, 09:51 AM   #4 
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Oh I mean I do not want to cycle the tank at all. So I will not be using a filter.
The tank is less than 5 gl, so it shouldn't need a filter, right?
With my 2.5 gl tank that I already have I only do water changes, no filter.

Thanks for the extra tips! I already have a few of those things such as Epsom and Aquarium salts. I also have IAL and API stress coat.
I'll put frozen blood worms and brine shrimp on the list.

With frozen blood worms, do I have to soak them in water as I do with the dried ones?
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Old 06-20-2013, 11:51 AM   #5 
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Your list looks good! The half circle tank looks a little nicer (and is a touch bigger) anyway. If you want to give live plants a go, there are some fairly easy to care for ones that you might try. I'm watching my office betta resting on a leaf of his banana plant. He has a bubble nest under one of its' other leaves.
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Old 06-20-2013, 12:22 PM   #6 
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You can have the tank cycle or not whether or not you use a filter.

This tank is in your price range and many folks here like it:
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Hawkeye-5-...-Pets/14660258

There's also this one:
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Hawkeye-3-...-Pets/13448744

I've got the 3 gallon, and it also comes in a two-gallon. All of these tanks include filters. I particularly like undergravel filters (like the kind the 3 & 2 gallon comes with) because they help circulate the water top to bottom and thus help keep the temp the same throughout the tank.

I'd be wary of getting plastic tank ornaments online. You really need to feel them thoroughly to make sure they don't have sharp edges or spots that can trap your fish. Also, several folks on here have found metal in ornaments that was a nasty surprise.

As for the mirror, some fish do well with them, and some do not. I'd be very careful about cleaning it and supervise him while it is in there.
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Old 06-20-2013, 02:10 PM   #7 
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Ah, sorry. I read that you were getting a filter. For bloodworms you do need to soak them in water to thaw them out. I use a shot glass of tank water and then chip off a little piece off the block of bloodworms. If you have twessers or a syringe it makes it easier to fed them to your betta. I take a syringe and suck some up so I can squirt it out right in front of them. My female will even come up and attack the syringe to get the bloodworms/brine shrimp out faster.
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Old 06-20-2013, 11:56 PM   #8 
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Awesome! I'm waking to get paid... So I'll mak my final decision on the tank then :)
Thanks oh guys!
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