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Old 03-15-2011, 07:17 PM   #1 
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I'm getting my beautiful male betta. From petsmart give me a tip! Anything please.

I realy want a betta I plan on getting him from petsmart. Ok so any tips are helpful I have never had a betta before but I would like to start thanks for any tips.!
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Old 03-15-2011, 07:22 PM   #2 
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Hello, welcome to the wonderful world of betta keeping! :) This hobby is the best, believe me! :D Alright, what did you have in mind for a tank? It is reccomended on this forum that bettas have 2 gallons or more of swimming room. :) Filters rule, and heaters are a must.
Bettas don't really like flakes. ;/ They love pellets and eat them as their staple, but freeze dried bloodworms make their favorite snack ever.
Decor is easy! Gravel or sand, silk plants or real plants. :D Your choice! Real plants are more difficult to care for, but are rewarding for the tank ecosystem and look gorgeous.
Any other questions or things I didn't cover? :)
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Old 03-15-2011, 07:28 PM   #3 
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Umm... my advice. Keep in mind that with smaller tanks comes more water changes xD and Bettas enjoy having places to hide.
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Old 03-15-2011, 07:32 PM   #4 
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Basically, the bigger the tank the less amount of water you have to take out during your weekly water change. So if you got your new betta a 10g, only 50% is needed a week, but if you got a 2.5, your doing 1-50% and 1-100% a week. Dont forget a heater! Bettas need temperatures of 77 to 83F. A thermometer will help you moniter the temp. :D
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Old 03-15-2011, 07:39 PM   #5 
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OK so I have a small 1.5 I know realy small but i also have a filter and a heater with a light. I know a lot of water changes but i can't get a bigger one but I also know that they eat pellets and maby a blood worm. thank you and anything else
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Old 03-15-2011, 07:44 PM   #6 
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That tank w/ filter and heater should be fine for a while! :) Hmmm... got food, tank, decor... oooh, you know about conditioners right? Additives that make water safe for bettas? :)
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Old 03-15-2011, 07:47 PM   #7 
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Yes deffinetly i lost alot of fish without condish and no decor yet i am getting that later and eventualy he will get a bigger tank like maby a 30 with dividers for more bettas OOO good idea if my mom lets me!
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Wow, 30 gallons sounds amazing! ;) Any more questions? We are pro's on this forum. ;)
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Old 03-15-2011, 08:04 PM   #9 
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Ya one more its kinda randome maby ok so whats color betta should i try to get and i know i so want the 30 but i have to ask then my mom will tell me i have to by it and they are kinda pricey
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Yeah, they are pricey! But walmart sells a 10 gallon for like $12, you can start from scatch with that! Decorate and add a filter and heater and boom! You are in business. And betta color is entirely preference! :) It all depends on what is available, where you are going, etc. For example, where do you plan on getting your betta and what tail type do you want? :)
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