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Old 09-06-2010, 02:55 PM   #1 
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I've always liked watching fish in aquariums and found them extremely relaxing. But I had never owned a fish before. My sister had a [extremely ugly] goldfish.

Upon discovering the only real aquariums in town were at the themeparks (with $75+ admission per day), I decided I should get a fish and tank for myself. I did quite a bit of research before settling on a betta.

So I got an old tank (approximately 1 gal), some gravel, and a silk plant, and of course the fish (and food and water treatment). I plan on doing 50% water changes every other day and 100% changes about twice a week, at least until I can afford a bigger tank that can be filtered properly and cycled. (Probably ~6 months from now).

I still have no idea what to name him. http://twitpic.com/2lv9y3

Ideas and suggestions for a name or other helpful tips for a newbie to the world of fishkeeping would be appreciated.
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Old 09-07-2010, 03:57 PM   #2 
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Hello and welcome to the forum. I'm glad you're doing your research. :)I'm sure you'll have a happy, healthy fish.
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Old 09-07-2010, 05:20 PM   #3 
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1 Gallon really is a little too small for that fish. If you are on a budget they have large and extra large critter keeps that are perfect and they can fit a 25 watt heater. That is what my original betta setup was.
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Old 09-07-2010, 05:24 PM   #4 
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He's very cute. :) Normally for a one gallon container, I recommend 100% water changes every other day, but if you test your tank regularly and things seem to be working out with this routine, you could stick to it. If you add a hardy live plant like java moss, you'll get a bit more wiggle room as well. Plants absorb some of the wastes fish excrete as food and just a bit of moss can make a big difference. You should look into it. :)

If you want a cheap temporary home for your betta, you could use a rubbermaid/sterilite plastic storage bin. They're not the prettiest containers in the world, but the clear ones are only about $3 for a 4 gallon bin--you can't beat that. Plus they're safe to use with a quality adjustable heater, which your boy needs. :) They're very durable and light for easy cleaning and make great betta homes. If you want to upgrade to a setup like this, I recommend this heater or one like it: http://www.fosterandsmithaquatics.co...8&pcatid=11368 since it has an adjustable temperature dial, you have more control and stability. Nonadjustable heaters often don't heat the water enough or overheat it, so you should avoid those.

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Old 09-07-2010, 06:49 PM   #5 
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The fish is very pretty. Have you thought of a name yet?
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Old 09-07-2010, 07:06 PM   #6 
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I'm thinking that he'll be named "Roy". Not sure why but he seems like a Roy.
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Old 09-07-2010, 07:13 PM   #7 
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I'm thinking that he'll be named "Roy". Not sure why but he seems like a Roy.
It happens that way sometimes.

I once had a large calico fantail goldfish that my husband said looked like a "Bernard" - so "Bernard" it was!!!

BTW, welcome to the forum!
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Old 09-07-2010, 10:48 PM   #8 
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i have a question, if my fish seem hungry and they dont leave food behind should i keep feeding them every so many hrs or only 2 times a day?
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Old 09-10-2010, 05:08 AM   #9 
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i have a question, if my fish seem hungry and they dont leave food behind should i keep feeding them every so many hrs or only 2 times a day?

Twice a day for sure. Trust me they SEEM hungry mine do the same thing lol! They are little pigs sometimes. But I've read on this forum that a bettas stomach is about the size of its eyeball so they really dont need more than twice a day
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I only say they seem hungry because one of betta's in particular hunts the bottom of her tank for food all the time
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