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Old 05-11-2010, 08:43 PM   #1 
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Hi everyone, I'm new to this and am going to get a betta fish quite soon. I am on a really tight budget and already have a 2.65 gallon tank. I need really the essentials and where to get them at retail stores. Can someone tell me the deal with putting stuff in tap water to make it clean? Please give me all the basics in care and supplies. Thank you. P.S. This is for a science experiment and will not harm the fish in any way. It's more of a phsychological thing. Thanks again! Also, any pictures of items and your fish would be appreciated!
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Old 05-11-2010, 09:16 PM   #2 
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Honestly..... I spent 20 bucks on a goldfish tank setup, and put a betta instead of a goldfish into it. It came with a 2 gal tank, water conditioner, a filter system, and some fish flakes. Its the "marina 7" set and its available at petsmart. For 30 bucks total, I got that setup, a betta, and betta food.

Hope that helps a bit.
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Old 05-11-2010, 10:58 PM   #3 
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Make sure to get a heater! I LOVE my MarineLand 10W...they're going to be in all my nanos before too long! But it's a bit on the expensive side. I hear good things about the Stealth heaters, which are little less expensive...but I think the smallest one they make is 25W. It should work OK, though.

Water conditioner is an essential piece you'll need. A good, basic one will remove the chlorine and some heavy metals from your tap water. You might want to get a gravel vac for water changes, as you'll want to change about 50% of the water in the aquarium about every three days for best water quality. The betta will need something to hide behind (plant, cave, decorations) and to stake out as its "territory". It will need food. That's pretty much it for the essentials.
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Old 05-11-2010, 11:27 PM   #4 
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I agree with mister sparkle.

For conditioners I like Prime and for a 2 gallon tank it will last forever. I use topfin heaters in my tanks (a 25 watt will do fine in a 2 gallon).. they're a little cheaper than steal or visitherm but I've never had problems with my heater.
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