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Old 08-29-2013, 07:09 AM   #1 
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Hey everyone. My names Christine and I recently got a gift of a betta for my 17th birthday. The thing is, I have no clue how to look after it. Well ive read abit and none really helps so im hoping someone can help me!

I have a 2 litre tank or a 0.528344 gallen tank. _thats a link to what my tank looks like if that helps...

Ive named my betta bubbles. But im not sure what to do. Im not sure if its a boy but im fairly sure it is cause its fins are long and flowy and from what ive seen its a veil or a spade but im fairly sure its a veil? The people who got it for me said it was a girl. I was like, er okay...
The shop person said I dont need a filter or a heater or anything. So what kind of water change do I do?! If you think I need to know something. Please tell me. Im terrified ill kill it

ps. the betta moves around alot. It hasnt stopped swimming since it came.
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Old 08-29-2013, 08:27 AM   #2 
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Okay here we go.

You need to do a water change twice a week with the size tank you have.
When you have some extra money, I would upgrade to at least a gallon so you can have a plant or two. That's what my betta has. You're on a great site to learn about these amazing pets. Welcome!
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Old 08-29-2013, 08:44 AM   #3 
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Actually, you should upgrade to at least a filtered, heated 2.5 gallon.
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Old 08-29-2013, 09:09 AM   #4 
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I agree with upgrading to at least a 2.5 gallon and depending on where you live a heater is important too. If you live in a cold part of the country you'll need to add a heater for sure. Bubbles may be able to survive for a while in a non-heated, non- filtered tiny bowl but do you really want him to just survive? He'll be so much happier (and so will you) if you make these changes. Good luck with Bubbles. By the way, my Bettas name is Bubbles too.
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Old 08-29-2013, 09:26 AM   #5 
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Hello Christine, welcome to the forum !
How long you have him?
Did you already change his water?
Is he eating?
For that size of the tank you will need to do 2-50% and 1-100% water changes a week . Or if it easier for you , you can do just full 100% water changes every about 3 days since the tank is small.
You do not need the filter for this size of the tank. But you do need to keep him warm. What is the temperature in your house during the cold time?

Very important when you perform full water changes to acclimate your betta to the new water. I will give you acclimation instruction.

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Old 08-29-2013, 09:27 AM   #6 
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Here is acclimation to the new water that you need to do so you don't stress him out
Here is a few variations that's pretty simple:
1. can have betta in the changing cup with about 15% of the water and keep adding small amount of the new water about every 5 min for about 5-6 times -this way you he will get used to the temperature:)

2. Note the temperature of the water.

Using a plastic cup, scoop him, along with some of his water, into the cup.
Clean out the tank. Refill with water at the SAME temp. Be sure to add the correct amount of water conditioner.
Float his cup in the tank for about 15 min. (Study during this time. If he sits longer, it's OK.)
Add a SMALL amount of NEW water to the cup. (Several tablespoons, or about 1.5 ounces.)
Let his cup float for about 10 min. (Study during this time. If he sits longer, it's OK.)
If the cup starts to fill too much, remove a SMALL amount of water from the cup. Discard it.
Repeat steps 5-7, until about an hour has passed. (If he sits longer because you're studying, that's OK.)
Gently release him into the tank.

3. To do a water change, use a little cup like a plastic solo cup - this cup must be only for him and have never been used with soap or other chems. Scoop him up in this cup (keep him in the cup about 1/4 full of water - it doesn't need to be much because he won't be in it for long) and leave him in the cup while you change his water. To do the 50% use a turkey baster - dedicated only to him that has never seen soap or chems - and drag it through the gravel and try to suck as much of the poop out as possible, in addition to 50% of the water. Use a thermometer under the running tap to get it to be the same temp as the water that is normally in his tank. When the thermometer says the flowing tap is the right temp, fill back up his tank. At this point, add the conditioner (dose for how much water you change - if you change half the water you add half gallon worth of conditioner, If you do a 100% water change dose for the full gallon change). Float his plastic cup with him in it in the new water. Slowly add a couple tablespoons of the new water into his cup every 10 minutes for at least an hour. Finally, dump him in gently but try to get as little of the old cup water back into the tank as possible. When you do the weekly 100% you will do mostly the same thing except empty his tank fully and rinse everything in it very well under warm water but never use soaps or chemicals. Once it's fully cleaned/rinsed you can refill it and repeat the cup/acclimate phase.

4. When I change the water I put him in the cup I got him in then I take everything out of the tank, rinse everything with warm tap water. Then I put everything back in the tank, fill it with dechlorinated new water, and then turn the heater on. When the tank water is the same as the cup water , then take the dirty cup water out and a little at a time and put clean tank water in the cup. After that I put the cup in the tank and he swims out.
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Old 08-29-2013, 10:39 AM   #7 
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The 2.5 gallon tank is only $15 at petsmart. And a 7.5watt heater is $10. Or there's a 5 gallon tank with hood, & light for $25 at Walmart.
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Old 08-29-2013, 05:14 PM   #8 
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Twice a week water changes for a 1/2 gallon tank is not enough, it should be 3 to 4 times a week.
The following link on this forum is a very good guide on how often to change the water based on your tank size. Please note that it does not have a 1/2 gallon tank on there because most people feel that 1/2 gallon is too small.
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Old 08-29-2013, 05:41 PM   #9 
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Hi christineandbubbles. I have my betta Rusty in the 2.5 gallon tank made by Aqueon which is sold at Petsmart. He just loves it. Welcome to our community.
Just remember clean water is one of the keys to keep Bubbles healthy.
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Old 08-30-2013, 03:58 AM   #10 
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Hey everyone! Thanks for your replies. Some have helped, some havent. I live in Australia and we dont have a walmart or anything like that. Bubbles in located in my room and so i cant get a massive tank. A few gallon tank is gunna be huge and I honestly dont feel I have room for it. Ive got a busy schedule and im always out and when i come home im exhuasted so im gunna definatly put extra effort into changing the water. The tank I have is also specially designed for this fish and in Australia all the fighting fish ive ever seen have tanks almost exactly like this one. Or are plain glass.. Mine is plastic. So im still abit confused with somethings but im sure I will figure them out!
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