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Old 05-24-2010, 06:06 PM   #1 
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Small problem

I just got a 10 gallon tank, but it is bare, and isn't cycled. I wasn't going to introduce my fish Puffy until it was cycled and full of plants and the other fish were introduced, but since I just learned that my family is going on a week long trip, and that the only other housing option would be his 1/2 a gallon cup, I obviously chose the 10 gallon. But I'm worried how he'll react. There won't be gravel, or hiding spots, or plants, or a heater, or a filter, or a top(unless I can get to petsmart soon), so it'll be really empty and full of too much space. I might be able to dig up a really old tank ornament out of the basement for him to hide in, but that's it. Should I worry about him jumping or getting too stressed while I'm gone?

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Old 05-24-2010, 06:34 PM   #2 
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Well the top you should get it. Any ornaments you can i would because there not use to such big tanks so as many ornaments as you can until you get back.
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Old 05-25-2010, 04:11 PM   #3 
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Okay, but I doubt I'll be able to get to a pet store before weekend :/
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Old 05-25-2010, 04:14 PM   #4 
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you could go outside and grab some big rocks and wash them up with warm water and stick them in, just to fill the space. Even random trinkets lying around the house that dont have paint or anything on them that would toxify the water. I have a half of a giant kindersurprise egg toy container in one as a house and a little people toy house thing i "borrowed" from my sister :)
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Old 05-25-2010, 04:21 PM   #5 
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If your worried about him jumping, just don't fill the tank all the way. Just fill it like, 3/4ths of the way up. Anything will work for decorations, as long as its not painted.
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Old 05-25-2010, 04:40 PM   #6 
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Don't sweat the small things. Your Betta will be fine. These are remarkable pets! Just keep the water level 2 or so inches below the top and i'm sure everything will be fine.
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Old 05-25-2010, 05:18 PM   #7 
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:) thanks everyone, I'll be sure to use your advice.
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Old 05-25-2010, 06:36 PM   #8 
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Keeping him in the dark should help some.
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Old 05-26-2010, 12:22 PM   #9 
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:D I finally put him in the ten gallon tank, with a large ceramic tera-cotta pot, (the hole is covered) and his ornament and a rock, and of course gravel, and he's doing fine. He is slowly swiming around the tank inspecting everything XD. He looks like the happiest fish in the world. Once I get back from the trip, I'll have to put him back in his 1/2 a gallon tank until the larger one properly set up, is cycled, and the other fish have been bought and introduced to the tank. :/
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