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Old 08-04-2010, 11:38 AM   #1 
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Red face Hello...

Okay, I'm hoping I haven't done this wrong...

Hello, I'm Star, yes, that's my real name. Am I supposed to say that? Humm start over. Hello, I'm Oakly, that's my user name. I'm going to get a Betta fish for my birthday and I think that they are beautiful. I've been lurking in the site without registering for AGES! But now, well, here I am! I really wanted to be able to partake in this brilliant forum, you all seem so nice and knowledgeable! So, yeah. I'm after a male Betta, maybe a crowntail or plackat, I think that how you spell it! I would love to have a blue or red marbled one or even just a single colour blue or red. Anyway, I must have bored you! I'm doing all my re-search before hand so if you have any hints, tips, advice...please share! Thanks for reading! Oh and would a baby bio-orb be okay for a betta, I've heard that it would be but some areas of the world-wide-web are saying that no fish should be kept in a bowl? Why? I don't know! We do call them fish bowls after all...Oh well. Okay, I have officially rambled on now. So I'll be going now. Thanks!
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Old 08-04-2010, 11:50 AM   #2 
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First of all welcome to the site! i have heard a lot of bad things about the biorbs apparently they have bad air curclation or something AND they are quite expensive.
No Tropical fish or any fish really should be kept in bowls because you cannot heat them or get a filter in there so Bowl = unhappy fish. hope that anwsered your questions. :D
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Old 08-04-2010, 12:08 PM   #3 
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Ahh cool, thanks! I'll look into that! Notice you location was England *high fives*!
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Old 08-04-2010, 12:09 PM   #4 
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Are you from england to?
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Old 08-04-2010, 12:27 PM   #5 
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Yup! South west! You? Just seen that I can put a heater in a bio-orb, and found a good priced one...do you think it could work out? They are really nice tanks, at least, thats what I think!
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Old 08-04-2010, 12:30 PM   #6 
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Welcome to the forum! ^-^

Well, really, it depends what kind of bowl you're using. I have a 2 gallon bowl that I keep one of my boys in w/ a heater (I don't use filters) and he's perfectly fine.
Generally, pet-store bowls are very small (half-gallons to one gallons) and that's a bit small, in my opinion, for a betta. In a small bowl, there isn't much room to swim around in or hide anywhere, really.

I know quite a few people that have biOrbs, though I've never used them myself or read up on them. Bettas are not very strong swimmers, so the circulation of water in a biOrb doesn't really matter unless you change the water as often as you need to. I have twelve tanks (one of them a five gallon) each with a betta inside, and I don't use any filters whatsoever. BiOrbs should be absolutely fine- as long as they're a 2 gallon minimum (some people would say 1 gallon, but that's just my opinion.) Be aware, they are hard to clean! I helped my friend clean out hers and it took a while.
And yes, as weluvbettas has mentioned, they are quite expensive. A regular 2 gallon and up tank would cost less.

Good luck!
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Old 08-04-2010, 01:18 PM   #7 
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Thanks very much. The bio-orb I'm looking at is 4 gallons. I think that's a good size. Maybe I'll look into other tanks that aren't bowl shaped as well. I would probably have the circulation thing turned off and just do regular water changes. Thanks for your help. Do you know what would happen if I did keep the circulation thing on? Thanks again!
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Old 08-04-2010, 01:26 PM   #8 
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Im from the north east of england! :D dont get your betta from a large chain petstore like pets at home. get your betta from a local fish store because the care about there animals and know a lot more.
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Old 08-04-2010, 01:35 PM   #9 
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Yeah, I went to pets at home and their betta's looked sad! One was stuck to a filter!!
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Old 08-04-2010, 02:22 PM   #10 
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If you kept the circulation on... well... if it's too strong, your betta will have trouble swimming (you'll see if/when you do.)
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