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Old 01-23-2011, 08:14 PM   #1 
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Hi my family just bought a Betta (his name is Buzz Lightyear) and we got him a 3 gallon tank with a filter it has a light some plants and a rock for him to hide in I was unaware of them needing a heater. I have got one but my tank is already set up and Buzz is already in it what do I have to do to now install the heater we want to make sure he is Very happy in his new home please if someone can help us I would really appreciate it
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Old 01-23-2011, 08:22 PM   #2 
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Just stick the heater in there and turn it on :) It will gradually heat the water so little Buzz will be able to acclimate as the water is warming.
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Old 01-23-2011, 08:33 PM   #3 
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That is too funny, his name. My 5 year old nephew talked me into naming my fish space ranger. I already named my fish cleo,so i made his middle name space ranger, full name.. Cleo Space Ranger.
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Old 01-23-2011, 08:35 PM   #4 
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Just make sure to put it in the tank before you turn it on. I believe i read somewhere that it can mess them up if you turn them on outside of water.
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Old 01-23-2011, 08:40 PM   #5 
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thank you I am worried even though we just got him my son and my girls have become very attatched. He is swimming only near the top is this normal? I have put the heater in I hope it works
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Old 01-23-2011, 08:41 PM   #6 
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Please any advice you can give me is greatly appreciated
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Old 01-23-2011, 08:44 PM   #7 
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Bettas might stay near the surface more because they breathe air. He is also new to his home and stressed out. Avoid interupting him too much. Also is the heater adjustable or pre-set?
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Old 01-23-2011, 10:07 PM   #8 
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The heater is preset also he is flaring his fins alot is this normal? I also didn't get an expensive tank and it came with a gravel filter I am worried that the current might be to strong for him how do I know
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Most boys flare up a fair bit. both my males flare up every time i go near the tanks lol they are flirty. if it seems to be pushing him around a lot then its too strong. some filters are adjustable and you can change the flow.
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I don't think that I can change the flow on this one is there anything I can do to slow it
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