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Old 07-17-2010, 09:28 PM   #1 
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Exclamation What do i do?!!!!!!

ok people heres the thing...i want to get a new betta but i dont know if i need a heater,a filter,and such? i know i need a heater but what kind of heater do i need? i was thinking of just getting a gallon tank or should i get bigger? are plants better for a betta and will i need a lot? do i need water conditioning stuff ? do i need a filter and what kind?should i feed it bloodworms,live things to eat or just normal betta food that you get at the store? please help! i want my betta to live a long and happy life with me. I had a betta once but i just kept it in a fish bowl without a heater, filter, or plants. i fed it the normal betta pelits you can get at the store. he died about a year or two later but i want to know if he was suffering. i most likely wont breed them until later, so i just want one for a pet right now...so PLEASE HELP ME!!!!


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Old 07-17-2010, 10:15 PM   #2 
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heater is a must. I'd suggest getting a 2.5 gallon atleast. Heater for that size tank i can not recommend, im sorry. But its up to you on the filter part, it makes you have to do less water changes though so id suggest it.
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Old 07-17-2010, 10:18 PM   #3 
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Yes you will DEFINITELY need a heater, and I highly recommend should get a filter if you don't want to do very constant water changes. The filter shouldn't be strong because bettas don't like strong currents. A gallon tank is the minimum, your future betta would be waaaay happier if you got him something bigger. I feed my bettas hikari biogold baby sized pellets, they work fine for me. Yes, you need water conditioning, Prime is a good brand. Bettas enjoy plants and decoration such as caves, I keep live ones because they improve water quality plus I like the look. Really easy beginner plants that aren't too big include anubias, java moss, and java fern. Hope your new tank goes good!
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Old 07-17-2010, 11:00 PM   #4 
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I suggest a eclpise 2.5 gallon at the smallest, It comes with a built in filter so thats not a probleam. You will need a adjustable heater. Water conditioner is a MUST.
Plants are great just make sure you get the silky plants that wont rip a bettas long fins, Live Plants are better though such as java moss or jave fern.

I like switching up feeding mine. One day they get blood worms the next pellets and the following flakes . Sometimes if you feed just pellets or just flakes it can cause a betta to become bored and they will become tail-biters.


And if you decide to breed in the future please be responsible about it and not breed pet-store bettas.
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Old 07-18-2010, 07:47 PM   #5 
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bettas DO NOT REQUIRE A HEATER/FILTER!! your betta can live a happy life in a half gallon container as long as you clean it once a week!!
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Old 07-18-2010, 08:37 PM   #6 
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If they're kept in a cold room then they need a heater.
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Old 07-18-2010, 08:43 PM   #7 
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bettas DO NOT REQUIRE A HEATER/FILTER!! your betta can live a happy life in a half gallon container as long as you clean it once a week!!
They definatly do require a heater. They're sensitive tropical fish that need to have their water temperature between 76-82 degrees. The filter is not needed but I HIGHLY recommend it since it makes the maintenance much easier. I'd recommend to get at least a 2.5 G tank at the least. But if can only get a 1G than make sure you keep up with the water changes. The bigger the tank the easier to manitain.
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Old 07-18-2010, 09:13 PM   #8 
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Well, depending on the temp of the room you're keeping them in you might not NEED a heater... at least not yet. If you want, get your tank and everything set up then see what the temp. is before you go and buy a heater. I've had mine unplugged for almost a month and the tanks stay about 77. So if you don't have the cash right now they might be fine in the warmer months until you can save more.

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Old 07-18-2010, 09:19 PM   #9 
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Reading this would be a good place to start: http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=20058
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Old 07-18-2010, 09:30 PM   #10 
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bettas DO NOT REQUIRE A HEATER/FILTER!! your betta can live a happy life in a half gallon container as long as you clean it once a week!!
This is kinda wrong. A heater is a must in the cold seasons unless you want a cold unhappy fish. Temp is dangerous and you can't depend on luck forever peaches. A filter is a recommended thing and will be helpful during the cleaning period. A half gallon tank is too small and will need more cleaning then that! Peaches, a happy betta would be in a 2.5 gallon or a 5 gallon not a half gallon. PM me if you want to defend your post.
Back to topic, a good tank would be a 3-5 gallon tank with a nice filter and smooth rocks at the bottom and a few plants to make the tank less boring. A nice background and a good light. Also an adjustable heater is highly recommended. Also have a thermometer to keep tract of heat. You will need water conditioner to make the water safe. Test the water and cycle it and that should be a good tank.
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