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Old 11-07-2009, 07:12 PM   #1 
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I figured I'd kill 2 birds with one stone and update my tank buying status and ask a question.

At the reconmendation of you guys, I now have a 5 Gallon Marineland Eclipse, and am cycling it right now, and adding new things soon.



My problem is this; when I was at PetSmart today to get my heater, they had a beautiful purple female Betta. Knowing PetSmart, she probably won't surive a few weeks in that tiny cup. I'm still cycling my tank, but really want to get her. I don't have enough money for a different full size tank, but my Dad says that if I can get a suitable tank setup I can get her. My local PetSmart has a few bowls that might work (Read bad things about them though) and some of those 1/2-1.5 Gallon betta tanks. I know I'm going to need a med. tank, so I figure this might be the time. This tank probably would last anbout up to 4 weeks. The other option is that I stop the cycle altogether and keep her in the 5 Gallon. What should I do/HELP!
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Old 11-07-2009, 07:15 PM   #2 
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You know what you can do? Keep her in the cup, and just float her in the tank. Just clean the cup every 2-3 days.
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Old 11-07-2009, 07:31 PM   #3 
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Would that work? I'd just be concerned for her getting bumped around by the water the filter is expelling.
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Old 11-07-2009, 08:13 PM   #4 
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I would buy a small kritter keeper at Walmart for $5. Although not ideal, since it's temporary, it will be fine. Just see it as a quarantine, and it would be easier to treat her if you notice any sickness or fin rot, that way she's healthy for a nice newly cycled tank! That's what I did with my Chance. He was in there for about a month before I moved him into his permanent home. You just have to do water changes every few days since it's smaller and she'll be good.
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Old 11-07-2009, 08:14 PM   #5 
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Btw, nice tank!
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Old 11-07-2009, 10:07 PM   #6 
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What did you use as a heat source? Or do you live in an area where it is natually warm enough to keep the tanks un-heatered?
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Old 11-07-2009, 10:09 PM   #7 
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I agree with doggyhog. And maybe you could use paperclips or a wire or something to attach the cup to the side of the tank?
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Old 11-07-2009, 10:45 PM   #8 
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Both ideas sound good, I'd just be worried that if something goes wrong with the cycle she'd have to be in there for even longer. I could get a larger container to float her that's sealed, I know my Mom has some large clear containers from when she was making mincemeat.
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