My first post here. A bit overwhelmed at how active of an online community there is just for Betta fish! When I was younger we had 2 or 3 bettas over the years. We had a small 1 gallon tank with a light, under gravel filter/small world filter. Each Betta lived about two/three years. We did not heat the little tanks though.
We also had a 12 gallon tank and ran that for about 8 years, we waited until the last fish died (from age not neglect), and shut it down, it was too much work.
So my mom has taken care of those fish in the past. Now I'm 19, and I want my own Betta. (My other friend is also just getting into fish.)
I have read the entire 3.0 guide here, great info!
I purchased a small 1 gallon tank about 8 months ago:
I finally actually want to get it going.
I feel bad the tank is not 1.5-2.5 gal like most recommend. I hope 1 gal is not pushing it for small. Eight months ago I didn't know this.
Learning that it will need 76-86 F water, I quickly realized our house temp of 62-65 (in the winter) would not do.
So I looked around and found that many people online are using this for their 1 gallon tanks: http://www.petco.com/product/102429/...pplies_Heaters
I went to the store yesterday and got:
7.5 watt heater (see link above)
Penn Plax Small world filter - http://www.petco.com/product/3199/Pe...pplies_Filters
Complete water conditioner - http://www.amazon.com/Aquarium-Pharm.../dp/B001F93XQS
Air hose t connector and valve adjuster's
The last things I used from or tanks from before was our gravel, (fake) plants, and Wardley welness bullseye 7.0: http://www.antonline.com/p_00942-GP_659109.htm
Our tap here has a ph of 8.5 and up :( We had great sucess with bulleye 7.0 with our older tanks.
Last night: I added filter, plants, heater, gravel, water treatments, and thermometer.
The water came out at about 62* from our tap @ 11pm last night. @7am the tank was 74* I'm wanting to see what temp the tank will end up. (my room is about 68* today.
Since I want the tank 10*f warmer than my room, this heater should be perfect, It claims to keep a 2g tank 5* warmer than the room. If the tank ends up getting too hot I plan on getting this:
And set that to cycle the heater on/off as needed to keep the tank a stable temp. That timer can turn the heater on/off every 30 mins as needed. Since the heater can only raise the water temp slowly the fluctuations would be less than 1-2*f.
I have a digital electric heater in my room, which is set to 65*, but according to my atomic clock with a thermometer, my room is always 68* my room temp is very stable (digital heater) so fluctuation should not be an issue.
I find it frustrating that they don't make automatic heaters for smaller tanks. Yeah I know I should get a larger tank, but I don't have the room for it.
The small air pump that came with the tank is perfect, it produces a very weak water flow, which I hear is good for Bettas.
So all in all I think after I let the tank run a few days, and get the temp perfect, I'm going to get a Betta. I didn't plan on cycling the tank, we never did for our other Bettas, Just more water changes at first, testing for ammonia and ph of course!
Pictures of my setup: http://pbckt.com/sg.J45
So with the advice of you folks, think I'm good to go. Or have I missed something serious.