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Old 04-28-2009, 08:43 PM   #31 
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What I want to know is why you don't want to get a filter.

No filter = WC's every day or every other day.
Filter = WC's one a week.
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Old 04-28-2009, 09:02 PM   #32 
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I have a 4 gallon with no filter and I've had no problems at all. I do partial changes every week and full changes once a month.
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Old 04-29-2009, 04:43 AM   #33 
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What if I get a 5 gallon tank? Will I need a filter?
I have a 5 gallon with a filter. I only run if a few hours a day when I'm doing homework. My betta has really long fins, so he's a pretty weak swimmer. I wouldn't want anything bad to happen, so I'm always watching when the filter is on. I personally wouldn't have a five gallon with no filter. It would be better than a 10gallon without one though.
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Old 04-29-2009, 05:14 AM   #34 
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Okay, last question (I think). For a 10 gallon tank, would I want a 25 watt or 50 watt heater?

http://www.petco.com/product/13811/M...rs#description

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Old 04-29-2009, 07:47 AM   #35 
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I go with 50 watt heaters on my 10 gallons, the 25 may be a little underpowered for a tank that size.
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Old 04-29-2009, 09:07 AM   #36 
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That's why I said I'd build a screen if I used it... and I don't think a heater would fit. Now I need a tank. Any good ones with low filter settings? All the reviews for the tanks around $30 are bad on Petco (cheap parts, cracks, filters loud/burning out, etc).

I picked up a 10 gallon tank for like $12 at Pet Store Too. Then I found a 10 gallon tank starter kit for like $13. I'm needing a heater and all that stuff, I didn't realize that till later. The Betta I have is a red one and my 4yr old won it. He is great, he will come to the side looking like he's listening to what we have to say. He's a very curious fish and I thinks it soooo cute. I'm new too having a Betta too. We just got him last Saturday. I couldn't wait to answer after reading this whole thread. I hope this helps in time.
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Old 04-29-2009, 03:32 PM   #37 
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Thanks everyone for the help! I think I'm going to be allowed to get a betta! Here's what I'm going to get:

About a 10 gallon tank.

Tetra Whisper Filter:
http://www.petco.com/product/107131/...pplies_Filters

Submersible Heater:
http://www.petco.com/product/13811/M...rs#description

Hikari Water Conditioner:
http://www.petco.com/product/102425/...rsandAdditives

Hikari Bio-Gold food:
http://www.petco.com/product/3983/Hi...t=OnSiteSearch

Then the test kit of course... Not sure which one. Whatever's cheapest probably. Some rocks, plants and I'll be set! I can get ornaments later...

I can't wait to get my betta!
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Old 04-29-2009, 04:02 PM   #38 
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The API master test kit is the one we reccommend around here.
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Old 04-30-2009, 08:31 PM   #39 
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I did it! I got my tank today! I searched around and Pet Supermarket was the best deal. I picked up a 10 gallon Marineland tank with light, and a Tetra Whisper PF10 filter for $40. I bought a Marineland 50w heater too. Prime decholorinator stuff. A little plant. Some rocks (which I washed and filtered). Bio-gold food. Everything's up and running and it's good! It's so relaxing to watch, I can fall asleep to it. And the filter is so quiet!

The lady at Pet Supermarket said to let the filter run 24 to 48 hours so the bacteria can settle. Then come back with a cup of the water and they'll test it to see if it's fish-ready. Buy a little tetra or something and see if he lives. Then come back for the betta. What do you guys think?

I'm so excited! Here's some pictures.






I'm hoping I can hold 1 betta and about 10 little tetras or something like that. Should be fine. I've read that you can keep little fish along with bettas. The lady at the store also told me this.

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Its going to take more than 1 or 2 days for it to cycle.
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