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Old 07-20-2011, 10:06 PM   #1 
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I am new to Bettas (all fish actually). I got a Betta for my son last week. He is in a 5 gal aquarium with a heater and a filter. Temperature is at 80. I used Top Fin Betta Water Conditioner when I put his tank together friday night. There are two live plants and a moss ball. Gravel on the bottom and he has a hide (piece of wood/cave-ish thingy).

Is this a good set up? Do I need anything else in there?

How often do I need to do water changes and what percentage? (I have not done any yet).

I have the Top Fin Conditioner, API Stress Coat, and Bacter Vital. Which should I be using?

The Betta (Nemo) seems happy with the tank size, although I question wether or not he may have fin rot? I will try to get some pictures for opinions on that. They seem jagged and clumpy on the ends, if that makes sense.

I have not seen him flare (is this normal?). Also, is he a veil tail?

Any other advise you would like to pass along to me? He came from a local fish only store.

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How do I get pictures to post from Flickr?
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Old 07-20-2011, 10:26 PM   #3 
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Welcome to the forum Wolfcub~

Your set up sounds ideal, and you could use either stress coat or top fin conditioner to dechlorinate your water, one or the other would work just fine.

Since you have a filter, what I would advise doing is keeping the filter media permanantly in there, running the filter all day every day, and doing a 50% water change once a week every week. If you are vigilant in removing uneaten food and gravel vaccing when you do your water changes, the water quality will be very clean, and eventually you'll have a fish in cycle.

A cycle is pretty much just getting benificial bacteria to grow in your filter and the filter media. What the benificial bacteria does is convert the ammonia (what your fish produces) to nitrites, to nitrAtes. This is optimum seeing as the nitrates are less toxic than the ammonia or the nitrites, and it builds up slower, and as such your water change schedule should more than cover the quality.
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Old 07-20-2011, 10:35 PM   #4 
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This is the picture I pulled from that.... usually you post the URL http://farm7.static.flickr.com/6025/...480e94caed.jpg in between [img] and [/img] :)



Love your tank! Very simple, but enough to keep him happy. Not over doing it, which is a plus!
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Old 07-20-2011, 10:41 PM   #5 
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hmmm.... those plants don't appear to be aquatic(though the marimo ball is fine ). If anything, they're probably semi aquatic and will rot if kept under water too long. Wolfcub, I'd research what those are, and what are true aquatic plants, that way if returning them is possible, you could search for a true aquatic plant.

To get you started, here are a few pretty easy to care for and definately aquatic plants: wisteria (Hygrophila difformis), java fern (Microsorum pteropus), and money wort,
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Old 07-20-2011, 10:48 PM   #6 
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Ugh, so much for believing the pet store person that the plants were fully aquatic...Should I pull them now or will they be ok for a few days until I can get something different?

I will try again on the pics...



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Old 07-20-2011, 10:54 PM   #7 
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You might want to pull them out and stand them in a vase with a bit of water or something until you have time to return them. Unfortunately, not all employees at pet stores are as informed as we could wish, so it's always a good idea to do a bit of researching before going in and listening to them.

I can't see the photos. If you have them up online, just post their links. If you have them save to your computer and are just having difficulty posting, I can walk you through that if you want.
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Old 07-20-2011, 11:01 PM   #9 
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He's a multi colored veil tail...very pretty little fish...Though I don't think I see any fin rot persay...if he does have any its not much...
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Old 07-20-2011, 11:57 PM   #10 
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Fish is looking good. Agree with the concerns about the plants. With the exception of the Marimo ball, the rest don't see aquatic...

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