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Old 04-11-2010, 06:15 PM   #1 
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Question: Betta Kit

What are somethings you can't live without? Stuff like Aquarium Salt, Tap Water Conditioner, etc. What types of medicines would you keep on hand at all times? I am just really curious.
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Old 04-11-2010, 10:11 PM   #2 
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Oops I messed up the title. I just noticed that.
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Old 04-11-2010, 11:18 PM   #3 
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This is me:

Aquarium Salt
Water conditioner (Prime)
Siphon
Bucket
Net
Container for fishes
Sponges (for filter)

That's about it that I can think of. I don't have any meds on hand. I would probably say Maracyn 1 and Maracyn 2 would be nice to have on hand, but it's not for serious stuff, i believe?
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Old 04-12-2010, 01:27 AM   #4 
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Pretty much the same as xxabc:

Aquarium salt
Water conditioner
Gravel vac
Gallon container for water changes
Net, though rarely used
Food
Test kit

I also have Maracyn 1 and 2, which is a pretty broad spectrum medication, but I've never had to use it since my fish stopped tail biting.

EDIT- Also, a toothbrush. I've been using one to scrub the algae off my tank / decor and I've become quite attached to it.
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Old 04-12-2010, 01:33 AM   #5 
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Aquarium salt
Test Kit (API Freshwater Master)
Hospital/QT tank
Spare heater
spare thermometer
food
open pore sponge
rubber bands
panty hose
bucket
air tubing
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Old 04-12-2010, 01:58 AM   #6 
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Water Conditioner
Test Kit
Aquarium Salt
Bucket
Gravel Vac
Quarantine tank
Food
Heavy Ceramic Statues

That last item is to weigh down the lid on the filter, otherwise my cat will remove the lid and drink my tank water and inevitably leave her hair in the filter.
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Old 04-12-2010, 03:58 PM   #7 
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Everyone seems to have covered most things... I also like to have a strainer on hand. Very useful for rinsing substrate, not to mention catching all the crud and debris when I pour my old water down the bathtub drain.

And now for some other random items I use all the time:

-A pipette. Basically its like a mini turkey baster. Very handy for feeding live/frozen foods, not to mention taking water samples (I can NEVER get exactly 5 mL by dipping the test tube into the tank). I have gotten them from pet stores but technically they are for use in microscopy (for putting water onto a slide).

-A baby syringe. Very handy for measuring meds, ferts or water treatments when your tank is so small that you are measuring water additives in mL. You can get them at drug stores... personally I get mine from the vet as its what they send my dog's dewormer home in.

-A slurpee straw. You know the ones with a pseudo-spoon at one end? I love them for scooping out uneaten food without getting my hands wet.

-A plastic cup. Either disposable or a cheap plastic cup meant for patio use. I use it to keep my net, pipette, syringe and slurpee straw in :)
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Old 04-12-2010, 04:25 PM   #8 
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Ditto to all, except everyone forgot something: towels! Or maybe it's just me who makes messes during water changes...
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Old 04-12-2010, 04:25 PM   #9 
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Awesome! I kinda wanted to see what everyone had.
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Old 04-12-2010, 04:33 PM   #10 
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Ditto to all, except everyone forgot something: towels! Or maybe it's just me who makes messes during water changes...
Ha, I almost added this to mine. Yesterday I spilt a bag of water on my desk which flooded everywhere. Luckily, I always keep a designated fish towel nearby and was able to handle it.
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