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Old 11-27-2010, 10:50 AM   #11 
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I keep my betta in a one gallon jar, and he's fine! you just have to remember to change the water at least once a week. very pretty boy!
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Old 11-27-2010, 10:55 AM   #12 
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If you can find it, an economical water conditioner is PRIME brand...It works out to about 2 drops
per gallon. Ask a drug store pharmacist for a 5ml syringe (easier than pouring it & potentially wasting a lot)...Creating a covered bucket of pre-conditioned water to use every week might save you some time. :)
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Old 11-27-2010, 11:41 AM   #13 
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I keep my betta in a one gallon jar, and he's fine! you just have to remember to change the water at least once a week. very pretty boy!
What??? 1 gallon tanks need at least 2 full water changes a week, preferably one every other day. Have you ever tested the ammonia in that tank.


I don't mind keeping fish in 1 gallon tanks, especially long fins but it is hard work getting all the tanks cleaned, especially when you start talking multiple tanks. Don't let your water quality get down. HMs have a lot of fin which means more likelihood of tears which means higher incidence of fin rot. Don't let that happen just because you couldn't manage 3 water changes a week.

Besides water quality heating is the second most important thing you must have. Get a heater and a thermometer and make sure it can heat to at least 76* with 80* being preferable.
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Old 11-27-2010, 12:43 PM   #14 
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A cave or something he can hide in will definitely make him happier, so go for it!
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Old 11-27-2010, 11:16 PM   #15 
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I do have water conditioner, but I need to get more soon! (having four setups uses a lot of it!)

I'm ready and willing to do water changes frequently - so far I've scheduled them for Sundays and Thursdays, with mini 5-10% water changes in between the big ones!

What about decorations? So far I have that fake silk plant, but I'd like to get Dusk a cave or something of some sort. An archway? what do you think?

A cave would be good. =]
You can get a cute small terra cotta pot to go in there.
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Old 11-28-2010, 12:27 AM   #16 
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Ooh, I have a plastic archway that's made to look like natural rocks stacked on top of each other! My betta loves it, he sometimes sleeps in it or hides behind it :)
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Old 11-28-2010, 09:30 AM   #17 
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Thanks for all the help guys!
Quick question: Dusk isn't eating. Even if I drop the food right in front of him, he doesn't seem to notice! Is he sulking? what should I do?
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Old 11-28-2010, 10:55 AM   #18 
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I keep my betta in a one gallon jar, and he's fine! you just have to remember to change the water at least once a week. very pretty boy!
I have an old 1 gal. pickle jar that I have had for YEARS (bought it at a yard sale) that I would LOVE to try to keep a betta in, but can't figure out how to heat it. How do you heat your 1 gal. jar?
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Old 11-28-2010, 11:25 AM   #19 
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Thanks for all the help guys!
Quick question: Dusk isn't eating. Even if I drop the food right in front of him, he doesn't seem to notice! Is he sulking? what should I do?
it's normal for betta not to eat for a while while they adjust to their new home. Just keep offering it to him. You can try soaking the food in garlic juice too. Be sure to remove and food he doesn't eat so it doesn't foul the water!
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Old 11-28-2010, 12:35 PM   #20 
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I agree with Jupiter.. just give him time.

LionMom.. I keep my breeders in 1 gallon jars with Hydor Mini Heaters. They keep they jars at about 77* (but that's because my house is really cold).
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