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Old 12-10-2009, 10:36 PM   #11 
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Good luck with your search for a betta!
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Old 12-10-2009, 11:58 PM   #12 
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out of all the heaters i've had this is by far the best in its class. $20 bucks most shops.
just the fact that the suction cups are part of the housing and not attached via clips is worth the few dollars.has a five foot chord also.

http://www.hagen.com/uk/aquatic/prod...01007560030101

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Old 12-11-2009, 08:14 PM   #13 
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One more question regarding cycling

Is cycling with a live plant a good idea? I'm thinking yes as the plant should have some bacteria present on it which could help jumpstart the cycling process.

I'm wondering if the high ammonia levels would be bad for it though

Cycling will hopefully start on Monday. Going to go get my aquarium out of storage this weekend, then go pick up a heater, a decoration or two and perhaps a plant.
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Old 12-11-2009, 08:30 PM   #14 
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Yes, plants definitely will help the cycling process.
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Old 12-11-2009, 10:02 PM   #15 
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True true. I accidentally cycled a betta bowl with a live plant lol.
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Old 12-11-2009, 11:51 PM   #16 
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Oh wow

Doing a lot of reading in the fresh water aquarium plants section

Lots of plants to choose from! It seems that most will quickly overcrowd a 3 gallon tank though

Some crypts seems as though they'd fit, but then I read that they sometimes have a hard time in a non established tank

Hmm hmm hmm
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Old 12-12-2009, 12:56 AM   #17 
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As long as the tank is mature crypts will be alright. The problem is that every time a water parameter (eg pH, temperature, hardness, lighting) changes markedlyenough they will melt a bit.

Anubias nana is a really nice, hardy one. Basically as long as you stick with low-ligt plants you won't frustrate yourself too much :). All in due time though! You will be a committed nano-tanker in no time, I can tell!
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Old 12-13-2009, 03:54 AM   #18 
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Went to a bunch of pet stores today

Found a local store that treats their betta fish very nicely, stored in individual small glass bowls. All of their bettas looked very healthy. They charge a bit more but it's worth it. Of course then the clerk told me bettas don't need a heater :P They also had a very good selection of live plants too.

Ended up buying a 25 Watt Top Fin heater from Pet Smart as well as a floating glass thermometer and a pirate skull. The pirate skull is hollow and has an opening in the back that looks big enough for a betta. I'm going to sand it down a bit though as there are some rough edges.

Going to go read some reviews on the top fin heater. I haven't opened it yet, so I can return it if need be. Another store had an Elite brand 25 watt heater for the same price, might go with that instead. The elite was also smaller, I might be forced to go with it if the Top Fin is too tall for my aquarium.
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Old 12-13-2009, 07:33 AM   #19 
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LOL good job resisting the urge!!! You can also put the heater on an angle if you have to.
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Old 12-13-2009, 08:52 PM   #20 
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For plants, I would suggest getting some betta bulbs, they come in packs of like 10 or more for 3 bux or so. you can usually get a bunch of different plants out of this and its fun watching them grow! Or you could also get some Water Wisteria , bettas love to rest inside them :D
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