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Old 04-22-2010, 11:20 PM   #1 
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I'm looking at buying my first betta...

But I'm not exactly sure what kind of tanks, heaters and lights I should get first before i buy my betta. I've been looking online and in pet stores to see what they have, but the local stores here don't always have such a good selection. Plus I'm new to owning fish. (I've had nothing but cats all my life. =3=)

So I've been looking online and I was wondering if this kind of tank was ok? http://www.bigappleherp.com/Hagen-Ma...&category=4471

Or if there was any kind of products you would recommend for me?
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Old 04-22-2010, 11:28 PM   #2 
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Location: Canada, eh?
The Hagen cubes are much too small- I recommend a 5 gallon, or 2.5 at least.
Bettas, i find, are happier without lights, so I wouldn't bother getting one.
I get my tanks from petsmart and PJ's Pets, if there is one near you.
Some people use filters, some don't. (I don't.) However, if you don't get a filter, you will have to do more frequesnt water changes (although you do small water changes now and them anyway.) If you do decide to get a filter, make sure it is a very weak onel because bettas are really not stonf swimmers at all.
Any regular, good heater will do, and you'll need a thermometer to monitor the temperature. Also, get a lid for the aquarium- your cats might decide your fish looks yummy and they also jump!
Lastly, get a hiding place or two for your betta, and some silk or live plants if you want (or plastic, as long as they cant rip your bettas fins.)

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Old 04-23-2010, 12:34 AM   #3 
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I still have my Hagen cube...its empty now because Sushi is in a 2.5 tank. I keep a simple 7.5 watt Hydor mini heater that I hide under the gravel which usually keeps the temp anywhere from 2-5 degrees above room temp. I also have a Tom's aquarium products mini filter that works really well. It's good for 2-5 gal tanks and it comes with a spray bar that really decreases water current. A good setup will be 35-40 minus substrate. I've dropped about 80 into Sushi's home but it really depends on how much you commit.
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Old 04-23-2010, 12:48 AM   #4 
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Yes, those betta cubes are much, much too tiny. They give the betta very little room to swim or even move.

I highly recommend a tank like this...

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Tetra-Aqua...-Pets/12177653

It's a 5 gallon glass aquarium for $30 at Walmart, and is the complete set-up. It comes with almost everything you need, including the tank, hood, light, filter and filter catridge. The only other thing you'd need to buy is a heater, and your choice of decorations, and you're all set.
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Old 04-23-2010, 01:17 AM   #5 
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Ive seen those 1 gallon cube tanks. They dont look too bad...and you can attach a filter to them...but still only a gallon.
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Old 04-23-2010, 02:02 AM   #6 
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Those are half gallon.
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Old 04-23-2010, 11:16 AM   #7 
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Ive seen those 1 gallon cube tanks. They dont look too bad...and you can attach a filter to them...but still only a gallon.
They're only a 1/2 gallon, not 1 gallon.
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Old 04-25-2010, 02:30 PM   #8 
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OK so I wont get the cube then. And I'll try to see if my Wal-Mart here carries that or not. Are betta's ok with other forms of sea life? Like shrimp and such?
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Old 04-25-2010, 03:08 PM   #9 
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These would be ok they come in 2 - 5 gallons.

http://www.bigappleherp.com/Hagen-Ma...&category=4471

http://www.bigappleherp.com/Hagen-Sm...&category=4471
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