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Old 01-07-2011, 01:14 AM   #1 
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Just Making Sure (:

I got my first Bettas about a month ago now, and I just wanted to make sure I'm doing it all right :)

SO I have two fish, Merry and Pippin (yes, Lord of the Rings haha). Merry is a sapphire blue veil tale and Pippin is a multicoloured (mostly red) crown. They're really pretty, and have lovely personalities. I'm hooked on bettas now (:

They both have a bowl each that is 4.5 litres (about 1.2 gallons) with pebbles in them, that were washed before they were put in. I don't have a heater, but I live in tropical Australia, so it stays fairly warm. But, how do you tell if the water is too cold? Do they react?

Both the fish get fed a small pinch of Betta food morning and night. Is that too much? Too little? I'm not too sure were to find live food for them yet, but I'm looking!

The water gets a 25% change every couple of days, but more often if the water looks extra cloudy. A 75% change is down once a week. But in general, the fish seem happy, they make bubbles a lot.

Everything was fine, except I think Merry has formed what looks like a blister on his lip? I've looked up commen problems, but they don't seem to match. Mum jokes that it's a blister from blowing too many bubbles but yer, any ideas?
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Old 01-07-2011, 01:56 AM   #2 
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your tanks are a little small, but if you keep up with the needed water changes you'll be okay (But your bettas wont be as active as they would be in a larger tank) Water changes in a 1 gallon is 100% every other day.

A "blister" On his mouth? Do you have any pictures?
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Old 01-07-2011, 02:06 AM   #3 
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I agree, I think upgrading to 2.5 gallons each would be best.
As far as keeping up with the temp, a thermometer would work. Make sure the water stays at a steady 78-80 degrees F.
I'm guessing you have flakes? I'm not sure how much of that to feed them, but one fasting day a week is good.
Also, do you have a cover for the "bowls" they are in? They are jumpers, so you'll need something breathable on the top of them.
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Old 01-07-2011, 02:16 AM   #4 
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Yeah not to sound mean but Drax is in a 10gal and he explores every nook and cranny.

So just imagine if they each had maybe a 5gal.

.... is the blister white?
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Old 01-07-2011, 11:49 PM   #5 
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I really can't help you but... MY BETTA IS NAMED PIPPIN TOO! :DDD
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Old 01-08-2011, 11:20 AM   #6 
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Yeah, the people above are right.
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Old 01-08-2011, 11:43 AM   #7 
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Welcome to the forum and the wonderful world of Betta keeping.....

In the 1.2g containers unfiltered-I would increase your water changes to 1-50% and 1-100% weekly to maintain water quality

With filters-twice weekly 50%

You need to get a thermometer so you can monitor the water temp and this will also help you during water changes-Its important to try and keep the water temp within a few degrees from new and old water with water changes so you don't cause any temp related problems/shock issue and use a good dechlorinator with any water added to the fish if you are on city water supply

The blister on the Betta mouth could be mouth rot or columnaris-google those and see if they fit-quick treat for either is important....
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