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Old 02-16-2011, 03:35 PM   #1 
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Does it matter if your Betta hangs out at the top or the bottom of the tank?

We just got two new Betta and Seiko (double crown tail) chills out on the top while Blu (long tail) preferes the bottom inbetween the plants and behind ornaments. I'm trying to figure out normal behavior of betta so that I know if/when they're sick they both eat (both prefer sinking pellet food to floating) and are very active but when it comes to resting time they couldn't be more different.
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Old 02-16-2011, 03:37 PM   #2 
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What is the temperature of their tanks? Do you have heaters?
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Old 02-16-2011, 05:29 PM   #3 
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the tank temperatures are about 73 degrees right now they don't have heaters
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Old 02-16-2011, 05:32 PM   #4 
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thats prop the issue they need 76-86 temps, 76 being minium
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Old 02-16-2011, 07:28 PM   #5 
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I don't have a sufficient tank for a heater I've been removing 25% of the water and replacing it with warm water everyday periodically to keep the temperature regulated I wasn't sure the exact temperature I want to get him a bigger tank but can't right now for financial reasons I want to keep him as comfortable as possible in the mean time... summer is coming and it gets pretty warm in the house so I don't think I'll have a problem with the water then... for the betas atleast... my husband went out and got them and didn't know the proper tank size because no one told us. we usually see them in small containers so we actually thought we were doing them a favor by putting them in the bigger ones now that I've registered her I'm a little ashamed
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I would be careful doing that, If the temperature fluctuates to much it may stress him.
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Old 02-16-2011, 08:33 PM   #7 
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oh ok... I'm really new at this I have no clue what I'm doing :'( I really want to get the most time out of this guy I'm saving up to buy him a better tank as well as my goldfish because right now they're in a suitable tank but they won't be for long so I think I'm going to buy the goldfish a bigger tank then give Blu their old tank after I clean it and buy a heater for it
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Old 02-16-2011, 08:48 PM   #8 
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dont feel bad most people dont know the proper care
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Old 02-16-2011, 08:49 PM   #9 
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What size is your curren tank? And summer isnt coming for months, I live in NY :c
I know youre waiting for those new tanks, but in the meantime, you can buy relativley cheap rubbermaid containers at any store in tons of sizes and use it as a temp. tank, that way you COULD get those heaters! :D Once you get the right tanks from the gold fish, you'd already have the heaters.

Marineland makes a good one for $18 or less with a Petsmart card, its a 10w. tetra makes a $15 one, but its got very mixed reviews.

While youre waiting, I would suggest not doing that water thing and instead opt for a heating pad on low under them (monitor it) or at least covering the top with seran wrap with holes in it and a blanket around it to keep the heat in.
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Old 02-16-2011, 08:49 PM   #10 
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Oh, and Id get the heaters before the gold fish's tank.
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