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Old 04-06-2009, 07:04 PM   #1 
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Soon-To-Be Owner Questions.....

1. Does my betta absolutely have to have a heater?
2. Is a 1 gallon tank sufficient? I won a tank from a Basket Raffle and it is one gallon. The box says it is good for betta fish. (And I've seen people with 5 ounce tanks before with 1 fish in it)
3. Are flakes okay for food as long as they're betta friendly?
4. Give me your opinion: Male or Female?
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Old 04-06-2009, 07:14 PM   #2 
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Hello and welcome to the forum. If you have your betta in a really warm room, where the temperature stays around 76 degrees or higher,you may not need a heater. A 2.5 gallon tank with a heater and filter is usually what is reccommended but several of us here have our bettas in gallon containers.If you have them in smaller containers, the water should be changed at least once a week, preferably twice a week. Yes, you can feed flakes as long as they are for bettas. As far as whether to get a male or female is concerned, they are similar in personality. The males have the longer finnage and have different tail types. I have 3 males and one female. Either one would be fine. Just pick whatever one you like. :) I hope this helps.
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Old 04-06-2009, 07:17 PM   #3 
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Well, dq seemed to answer quite nicely.
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Old 04-06-2009, 07:20 PM   #4 
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yep! bettas like room to swim, but some people quite successfully kept them in smaller tanks.
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Old 04-06-2009, 07:22 PM   #5 
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Well, I would say to try to give them the biggest home that you can. :)
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Old 04-06-2009, 07:23 PM   #6 
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Thanks everyone!!
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You're welcome.
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Old 04-11-2009, 04:53 PM   #8 
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Yeah, I just finished setting up my 5-gallon betta tank.
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Old 04-11-2009, 06:37 PM   #9 
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I have one of mine in a 4 gallon tank.
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