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Old 07-05-2011, 09:40 AM   #1 
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New Betta bought yesterday, Questions??

I have a 2.5 gallon bowfront. THe water is staying around 74-75. Should I get a heater for this small aquarium?? He is a crowntail betta..I just bought him yesterday... Also, I am worried he is not eating, he puts the food in his mouth then spits it out. I bought new life spectrum betta food.... I keep a light on about 8 hrs a day (during the day). Is this okay?

Thanks for your help!
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Old 07-05-2011, 10:24 AM   #2 
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Hi fozziethebetta and welcome to the forum. To answer your questions, yes you should definitely get a heater. Bettas are tropical fish who like warm waters of about 78-80 degrees farenheit; anything colder and they tend to get lethargic. And keeping your light on for 8 hours is just fine, it simulates the natural light/dark cycle of a day.

For eating, well, your little guy is new to his home so he's going to take some time to settle in and get used to his surroundings. New bettas often don't eat during the first few days. However, there are a couple of things you can try. One is soaking his pellet in a little bit of tank water to make it softer for him. Another trick is soaking it in garlic juice (garlic powder with no salt dissolved in tank water works). Also, depending on how big he is, his pellets may be too big for his little mouth. You can try crushing them up into smaller pieces and see if he'll eat that way.

Give him a few days and if he hasn't eaten anything by then, you can post again and we'll try something else.

Oh, and be sure to post pics of your new guy.
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Old 07-05-2011, 02:18 PM   #3 
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Assuming that your location is Austin,TX. 74-75 degrees is really on the low end of the scale and it is summer time. Is the air conditioner running where you live? You may consider a heater for 2 reasons. It is summer so in the cooler months the room temperature will drop especially at night and you will need to keep it at least at 75 minimum which will be difficult without a heater. Other reasons is that in a 2.5 gallon tank you have enough water to where you should be heating it since you are most likely not doing daily full water changes to help control the water temperature.
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Old 07-05-2011, 03:31 PM   #4 
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Thanks! I went out and bought a heater for the aquarium.
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