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Old 01-21-2011, 06:14 PM   #1 
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New betta in a bowl, what do I do?

I'm going to the pet store today to get another Betta. I have a 2 gallon bowl, and I was wondering about what I need to do to prep it for a Betta. I will be getting a heater for it, so that won't be a big issue. it will also be covered.
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Old 01-21-2011, 06:20 PM   #2 
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Rinse it with hot water (boiling if you're paranoid or it's particularly dirty), buy some low-maintenance live plants (java fern (aka tropica fern), anubias, amazon sword) and decorations, and bam! :) The heater's the main thing. And keep up with your water changes.

Seems like you have everything covered.
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Old 01-21-2011, 06:28 PM   #3 
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Yay! Yippy! Thanks for getting another betta. I agree with kfish, although if you can't get live plants silk ones will work just fine. Your betta should be very happy to be outta his cup. Please post pics? :D
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Old 01-21-2011, 06:31 PM   #4 
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As soon as I have him, I promise! I have to double check the pet store before I get the heater.

Out of mild curiosity, can i use some of the top water from my other Betta's tank in the bowl so i can have a good temperature when I put my newbie in, or should i go with a completely fresh bowl of Betta treated tap water?
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Old 01-21-2011, 06:35 PM   #5 
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I don't think it would matter if you used some of the water from the other tank, as long as the quality is good. You could always match the temperature at the tap, though. It's up to you. :)
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Old 01-21-2011, 06:40 PM   #6 
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We'll see once I get the new boy home. I'm going out now to get him, wish me luck!
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Old 01-21-2011, 06:44 PM   #7 
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Good luck! We have a 10 gallon tank at home that has nothing in it except some old water... I really want to get two bettas to put in it! But not until I graduate in December. Then I shall steal it from my parents when I move out! >:D

Can't wait to get more bettas! You must be so excited.
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Good luck! I really love your other betta, I hope this new one is amazing! :D I'll help in any way I can if you need some. I literally just joined the forum yesterday, so I'm kinda excited! :D
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Old 01-21-2011, 08:31 PM   #9 
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YAY! Well I've picked him up and have him floating right now, beautiful fish, but he does have fin rot (poor guy...) The pet store owner gave me some medicine for it for free so I will be doing daily water changes (I was going to anyway) and treatment with the antibiotic. He should be all better in no time :3
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Awwww! I'm so happy for you! And don't worry, I'm sure his fin rot will heal. Is it another veiltail? :D
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