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Old 12-27-2010, 04:52 PM   #1 
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Exclamation Help! New to Betta Fish.

Hello there! I just bought a Betta yesterday, not knowing much about them. I had heard from several friends that they are fairly easy fish to own. But I didn't realize that they need to be kept at a certain temperature, etc.

I had a bit of a fish melt down earlier... Frantically searching for some source of heat. I moved him from my room to the computer room, had a little blanket around him for a while (that didn't help at all). Finally I got a heater and am now roasting my room to try and keep him at 70+ degrees. Like seriously, I was freaking out because he was 65 degrees!

Now he is really mad.

And I am worried because he keeps swimming around with this peeved attitude. Is there anything that I can do? I fed him yesterday, but I'm not sure when he was fed before that. Or even if it would help! He has a little plastic bush but I can't get him a cave or a real fish tank heater yet. I do not plan on moving him around anymore.

Should I just let him calm down?

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Old 12-27-2010, 06:01 PM   #2 
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He has finally calmed down. Such a sassy guy! I'm learning quickly what I have to do to take care of him.
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Old 12-27-2010, 06:40 PM   #3 
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The main things you need to know/may already know:
water temp (I'm guessing you have already sussed that)
Using water conditioner when changing the water
Regular % water changes (w/c)
A hidey hole/area for your Betta to feel secure in.

To help you more we need to know more:
Size of tank (or brand/model)
Cycled tank? (I'm guessing no)
Heater (Thats a no) or method of heating

Please read up on this forum about the basics on keeping fish to help you & your new fish.

Good luck with your new fishy friend

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Old 12-27-2010, 07:02 PM   #4 
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Your bowl looks to be half a gallon. That's a bit small for a Betta.

We reccomend 2.5 gallons minimum. That way you can put in an adjustable heater. And, your Betta will become super active and healthy and live longer.

Be sure to do 100% water changes either every day or every other day in half a gallon. In a 2.5 gallon it's 50% once a week and 100% once a week. In a cycled 5+ gallon it's usually 50% once a week. The bigger the tank the easier it is to take care of and the happier the Betta.
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Old 12-28-2010, 02:09 PM   #5 
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if you are low on money try these money-saving tips:

1. Security) for a hidey-hole use an old coffee mug or buy one from a dollar store
2. Fitleration) go to walmart, they have cheap resources. i was there yesterday and they had a filter, air pump, and tubing set for 5 bucks
3. Heating) aquarium stickers or thermometers that stick to the glass are 3 $
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