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Old 09-06-2010, 09:25 AM   #1 
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Does this work for a Betta?

The water in my Betta's bowl is pretty cold. I've got him by my desk lamp (Which tends to get very hot, the light is around 6 inches away from the bowl) and a hot water bottle. I'm getting him a tank in an hour or so (5 gallon).

I have AquaSafe water conditioner. It's not specifically for Betta fish though.

Can I use this when I do the water for his new tank, or should I buy some of the conditioner that is specific for Bettas?

I'm new to Bettas (He was a spur of the moment fish that I got on Saturday- at my cousin's wedding reception they had them in fish bowls as centerpieces and were asking for homes so I took one with my parent's permission) and I'd like to make his life as good as possible. I already know what I'm getting for him (Tank, gravel, plants, etc.) but I wanted to know if I should get the conditioner specific for Bettas while I'm at the store.

Thank you!

EDIT: I'll just give you a list of stuff I'm getting so that you don't lecture me on what to get:

Tank (5 gallon)
Gravel
Fake plants (I'll get silk ones, the problem with live ones from the aquatic animals store is they tend to have lots of snails which causes problems in the tank)
Filter (I'm going to ask about a light filter that will work for a Betta)
Heater
Food (Pellets and then some frozen bloodworms to treat him every so often)
Some places for him to hide (I'll check them for sharp edges, I don't want his pretty fins to be torn up)
And then, if necessary, a water conditioner specifically for Betta fish (I'll probably end up getting it anyways but you know....)

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Old 09-06-2010, 09:26 AM   #2 
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The water in my Betta's bowl is pretty cold. I've got him by my desk lamp (Which tends to get very hot, the light is around 6 inches away from the bowl) and a hot water bottle. I'm getting him a tank in an hour or so (5 gallon).

I have AquaSafe water conditioner. It's not specifically for Betta fish though.

Can I use this when I do the water for his new tank, or should I buy some of the conditioner that is specific for Bettas?

I'm new to Bettas (He was a spur of the moment fish that I got on Saturday- at my cousin's wedding reception they had them in fish bowls as centerpieces and were asking for homes so I took one with my parent's permission) and I'd like to make his life as good as possible. I already know what I'm getting for him (Tank, gravel, plants, etc.) but I wanted to know if I should get the conditioner specific for Bettas while I'm at the store.

Thank you!

I currently use AquaSafe For my Betta, on every water change , it seems pretty good.
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Old 09-06-2010, 01:40 PM   #3 
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Using aquasafe is perfectly okay.
The bottles that say they're meant for bettas are usually too small anyways.
They're just a gimmick.
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Old 09-06-2010, 01:44 PM   #4 
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Okay-

Well, I'm in the midst of transferring him to his new home. He's floating in a bag with some water from his fishbowl.....

He seems happier with the warm water around him. He's actually moving now and doing stuff like that.

But man were the supplies expensive! I payed around $92 for the tank, the plants, the thermometer, the heater, and the food (They only had flakes for Bettas, no pellets, I'm getting some pellets as soon as I get the chance).

Elmers (Where I was going to go) was closed so I just went to PetSmart and bought my tank and stuff there. I'm going to Elmers ASAP to get him some pellets and frozen bloodworms.

But my dad is reimbursing me for around half of it so that's okay :)

I just put some flakes in and he's not interested in them at all. What should I do about that? Should I just try to get him pellets, or what?

We've got some pellets that are supposedly good for all fish..... They're shrimp pellets. And it says all fish. So should I try giving him some of those? Or do you think it will take him a while to calm down and be happy enough to eat?

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Old 09-06-2010, 01:47 PM   #5 
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Yeah, fish keeping can be expensive!!
That's really super that your dad is helping you out c:
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Old 09-06-2010, 01:57 PM   #6 
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That's great, I'm glad you got everything going. (:
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Old 09-06-2010, 02:07 PM   #7 
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I'll post pictures soon :)

My mom is yelling at me. Again.

I really wish that she would just leave me alone.

She's ignorant in the ways of fish-keeping so she's yelling at me for spending money on him.

It's my money not hers. So now my dad is yelling at her to stop yelling at me....

She thinks he's going to die in a month. And I don't. It's driving me insane!

She thinks that I didn't want to do this and that she could have bought me one of those crappy 1/2 gallon tanks and he'd be happy in it.

Newflash mom- if I didn't want to do this I wouldn't have spent my money on it.
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