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Old 01-24-2011, 08:46 PM   #1 
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Question Lazy or worse?

I went to Petco 2 days ago and bought a betta on that $9.99 build your own betta bowl. Since I brought him home he's swam a bit but tends to stay underneath the plant leaves on the bottom of the tank. Granted at the moment hes in a one gallon bowl no heater or filter. (will be getting a bigger tank soon) could this be causing him to be so listless??? Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.
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Old 01-24-2011, 08:54 PM   #2 
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He may be cold if he doesn't have a heater.
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Old 01-24-2011, 09:04 PM   #3 
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Since it's only a gallon would putting the bowl under a lamp for the time being, until I buy a heater, help at all?
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Old 01-24-2011, 09:05 PM   #4 
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Put it on a heating pad. Put it on the low setting, or it may get too hot.
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Old 01-24-2011, 09:13 PM   #5 
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A heating pad is a good idea, I used a lamp for a little bit for my fish, but if you use the lamp you will have to get a nighttime light bulb or else his water temp. will drop quite a bit at night if you turn it off which could make him sick. The night bulbs are about 5 dollars, and its not a good idea for long term because you have to keep a close eye on the temperature so it doesn't keep rising and rising. the little 7.5 watt heaters run about 8-10 dollars. and they are nice in case your fish ever get sick and need to be in QT.
http://www99.epinions.com/reviews/7_...ersible_Heater
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Old 01-24-2011, 09:31 PM   #6 
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K Ty for the help. :)
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Old 01-24-2011, 09:43 PM   #7 
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Wow those heaters look great! Just ordered one! Again Ty. :)
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Old 01-25-2011, 06:18 PM   #8 
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Keep your eye on the temperature even with the heater. 7.5 watts in a one gallon bowl will heat the water more than in a 2.5 or 5 gal, and you may find fishy's temperature too high anyway and need to unplug it occasionally.
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You'll want to eventually upgrade to something bigger, in a 1 gallon bowl, you'll be doing a 100% water change every other day. In something like a 2 or 3 gallon, you'd only be doing 2-3 50% water changes a week and one 100% water change a week.
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Already starting a 3 gallon tank. Will 2 25% water changes a week be sufficient?
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