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Old 12-07-2013, 03:04 PM   #1 
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New Betta owner need some help.

Hello. I just picked up a betta today. I was walking through a local retail store and seen all these betta fish mostly dead. I dont have any fish and didnt plan on getting any but it was a sad thing and I decided I was going to try and rescue one. They had about 30 bettas and most of them were dead or looked close to it. I found a very small betta about 1 - 1 1/2" long that seemed to be doing okay so I chose to take her home. At least I think its a her the container had a pink lid that said female. I purchased some of the pre bottled betta water and put her in a 1 gallon bowl that I had at home. She was very sluggish and not moving much at first but now after a few hours in the clean water she is very active and I fed her 4 pellets which she ate pretty quick. My guess is she hadnt been fed for a long while. I've been reading on the site for a few hours and I see now that the 1 gallon tank isnt enough and I need to get a better tank. Can someone suggest a easy setup for her to help me get going. Maybe a 2 gallon tank ? some easy to care for plants ? small heater ?

Here is a picture of her. I dont know what kind of betta she is ?
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Old 12-07-2013, 05:58 PM   #2 
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Sorry my phone doesn't let me see pics from photobucket. If her fins are real short, it's very likely a female. Pick a tank that you can afford that isn't too big for your space. Everyone has their own opinion on how big it should be. You will need a heater. The big deal with that is read the labels to see what size. You don't need anything to add air to your tank. Bettas can breath the air from the top. Filters help keep o it clean, but bettas don't really like them. If she starts darting through the tank, read your instructions on how to turn it down. Silk plants would probably be best. Unless you want to put lots of attention into the plants. You can use tap water just buy conditioner. There are instructions on the bottles.
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Old 12-07-2013, 06:56 PM   #3 
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Hello and welcome to the forum. A 2 gallon with a filter and heater should be fine although you don't have to have a filter.
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Old 12-10-2013, 08:02 AM   #4 
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I got her a 2 gallon tank, a heater, some silk plants and 1 live plant. I got some frozen brine shrimp that I am going to alternate feeding her with pellets. I got her some betta bio gold pellets because she is very small and she seems to do better eating the smaller pellets. I conditioned the water with betta bowl plus by aqueon and ordered some indian almond leaves to put in her tank as well. Im still reading everyday on the forum to try and learn as much as possible and so far this is where Im at.

The heater keeps the water temp at 76. She is very active and never stops but she always seems to be looking for food. She will try to eat any of the sand that floats or anything that moves. How many pellets of the betta bio gold should I be feeding her a day? They are very small.

Any more tips or advice ?

This is her tank setup and a picture of her. Does she look healthy ?



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Old 12-10-2013, 09:56 AM   #5 
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The recommended amount is up to three twice a day. What really works (as long as you don't have a glutton) is just feed them until they lose interest. I feed him one pellet at a time for about a minute. He loses interest after four or five. With a two gallon you should probably clean your tank once a week.
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Old 12-10-2013, 07:03 PM   #6 
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Nice tank!
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