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Old 01-18-2011, 05:03 PM   #1 
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Smile New fish owner: Pointers please?

I had bought a male betta at Petsmart and he died when he got home (sadly) so we took him back with he receipt and got a new lively energetic male betta (avatar shows NEW fish) and here are my conditions:

5.31 gallon bowl

sort of large plastic crystal rocks

plastic topfin plant (the edges are NOT sharp i tested them)

I use Zephyrhills natural spring water (the tap water we used with the chlorine neutralizer killed my other fish)

Topfin betta color enhancing betta bits

I dont have any filter



PLEASE tell me if i'm doing anything wrong or if theres some things I should have for my betta. Thanks!! :)
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Old 01-18-2011, 05:08 PM   #2 
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You could get a heater. They aren't totally necessary for your fish to be healthy but he will be more lively and healthy. (doesn't mean he'll get sick with out one) set 74-80 degrees F.
Betta fish like hiding. See if you can find a cool hiding spot for him. (Petsmart around 5 dollars for a small one)
You dont need a filter or aireator. Just make sure you change 25% water every week. and 75%-100% every month.
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Old 01-18-2011, 05:31 PM   #3 
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Thanks, thats some good advice. I already read about all the sicknesses they can get, so I know what to do and how to spot them. The plant is big and bush-like so I put it 1 1/2 inches from the back of the bowl... that acts as a pretty good hiding spot for him. :)
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