JKFish, gave you excellent advice. Walmart may not be the best place to shop, but when you are on a budget it's always a good idea. The Hawkeye tanks are very nice. My Mom got one for her Betta and loves it!
You can buy a tank step by step, but you'll be investing a lot more money that way. Kits are a lot cheaper.
The two smaller tanks I have are the Aqueon Mini Bow 5 gallon, but they run around $50, I bought mine on 50% off. Then the Bookshelf 6.6 gallon I recently purchased and haven't done a whole lot with. The filter it comes with is too noisy for my boyfriend. My two 10 gallons I had laying around the house. I only had to buy a light hood for the one. Everything else was kind of laying around from years of on and off fishkeeping.
I have been using Hydor Theo heaters without a problem for a few years. I just recently picked up the Marineland Stealth. I read mixed reviews on them, so hopefully the extra dollar is worth it, but the Hydor's are very reliable.
Conditioner i use Prime, but API's Stress Coat is popular too. I have both on hand. Prime is much more economical though.
For food I really like New Life Spectrum, Atison's Betta Pellets, and Omega One Betta Buffet Pellets. I find it easier to order offline.
For info on plants you can go to this sites parent site, Tropicalfishkeeping.com and under their plant section they have a sticky of 4 threads with excellent info planted aquariums. Do realize that plants can become expensive too!
well went and got me http://petsmart.shoplocal.com/petsma...mart-101210CAN with an elete mini submersable 50wat heater. Talked about plants, and looking at what id need for lights and whatnot, i dont think i'll go down that path ( but those marimo balls look so cute, maybe i'll get a bamboo shoot)
and yah i did go over budget ( dont you allways?) and got me a pack of http://www.activbetta.com/ in black to jump start the cycle. I'm gonna keep Sir Phinneas II and coochie the clam in thier small betta ...thing for a while to let my aquarium ripen a bit, while changing water every other day, and pouring the used water in the 10g to let it ripen a little more. In a coupple days i'll go get the water tested ( looked at liquid kits... yah i'll just bus over to the store and get it tested instead)
in the future i might get him a little pack of neon tetras as buddies. I'm a sucker for the bright fish.
The bettafish water is a complete rip off, just to let you know. Tap water is just as good, and honestly it'll cost less in the long run. Oops, didn't realize you got the gravel.... yeah, that'll work, and might just help, plus black is a great way to make sure your fish's colors pop. ^-^
In a small tank for betta fish, chances are it's about .5 gallons, in which case a hundred percent water change is necessary daily.
Also, if you haven't already, you should pick up a thermometer to help you make sure the heater is doing its job :)
If you get a bamboo shoot, you have to make sure the leaves are not below water, otherwise they will rot.
A ten gallon, IMO is still too small for a school of neon tetras or other fast schooling fish, you'd be surprised by how much room they need to be active. I would stick with cories (cute catfish :) ), shrimps, snails, or platies (live-bearers, so you'd only want males... but they're more colorful than the other three options)
*giggle* yeah i had a laugh when i read that, but "seeded" gravel seemed a bit better.
ether way im gonna wait on the other fish till i have everything stable with this guy, i'm pretty sure male bettas aren't the type to get lonely ( well, i guess if they make nests all dang day they are...but different kind of lonely lol)
exactly, adding tankmates is typically more for the owner than the betta fish, because typically betta's either completely ignore them, or attack them XD.
Oh, and when you go to get your water tested, don't just accept, "yeah, it looks good" .... that could mean anything. Demand the numbers for the ph, ammonia, nitrItes, and nitrAtes.
thanks, you really were helpful~ Now i want to get a tank devider lol after looking at what kinds you get, and theres a betta specialist store an hours drive from my place. my red and blue ( wild type?) crown is nice, but man such prettyness in such a hardy little package.
You guy's win lol. I've been part of a reptile community ( as a rodent and bug breeder, but the place i worked at went under) and didnt get the herp bug, but im getting interested in fish... XD
no, propbably not wild type, just red and blue multicolor. :)
If you want to divide, check this out , you can make one really cheaply
Ooooh, if you go to the betta specialist store, pictures would be gobbled up... OwO
lol, bettas are addicting, it's really, really hard to make sure not to impulse buy the little suckers, and honestly once you are bitten by the betta bug, how many bettas you get is limited to how many flat surfaces are in your house, how much self restraint you're able to keep hold of, and how much money is in your wallet (which if you aren't careful can get emptied pretty quickly in this hobby XD )