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Old 11-16-2009, 07:00 PM   #1 
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Need advice on water temp...

Until today, I owned 2 betta fish, both kept in heated tanks. I went to the petstore today because I was running low on food, and while I was there I spotted the smallest, saddest looking betta I had ever seen. While most are priced anywhere from 10-20 dollars, this little guy was 2.50 because he wouldn't sell. He was being kept in a tiny little cup as well. I felt bad for him, so I brought him home.

However! The only place where I have room for him right now is in my 5gal tank with two dwarf frogs. I am getting to my real question...

This tank is unheated, but it does have a lamp over it which I turn off at night. I know the lamp changes the temperature of the water, which the frogs don't mind, but I feel like that could be bad news for a betta.
I will get a heater for this tank soon, but in the meantime would it be best to keep the lamp on all the time?
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Old 11-16-2009, 07:52 PM   #2 
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Hm, what's the water temp now?
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Old 11-17-2009, 01:39 PM   #3 
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My boyfriend bought me a heater for the tank today so yay!
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Old 11-17-2009, 02:13 PM   #4 
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Good! Because leaving the lights on 24/7 is definitely worse than a cold tank... bettas need to sleep to!

Speaking of, be sure to leave the lights on for no less than 8 hours. In fact, it would be best to only turn them on for the few hours that you are in the room. The less light, the better.
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