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Old 08-03-2011, 07:23 PM   #1 
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Question Is this a good tank??

http://www.amazon.com/Aqueon-Double-...2411834&sr=8-4

IM NEW AND WOULD THIS BE OKAY FOR A SINGLE MALE?
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Old 08-03-2011, 07:40 PM   #2 
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Welcome to the forum....

I couldn't tell for sure....but I think this is a 1gal filtered tank...and that will be fine to keep a single Betta provided that you are willing and able to make the needed water changes......

Water changes for a 1gal filtered tank-twice weekly 50%....1-50% water only and 1-50% to include the substrate by vacuum or stir and dip method

Filter media need a swish/rinse in old tank water with a water change a couple of times a month

Be sure and try to keep the temp between new and old water with water changes within a couple of degrees
Always use dechlorinator with any water added to the tank
Dose the dechlorinator for the full volume even with partial water changes as a general rule......

You may or may not need a heater, however, its a good idea to have one on hand....your goal is to maintain a somewhat stable temp in the 76-80F range

This tank looks to be enclosed and along with the heat from the filter and lights it may keep the water temp warm enough for the Betta

Lights-unless you plan on live plants-lights need to be on for your viewing to enjoy the Betta-fish need a day and night period just like us...lights off when you go to bed and on when you get up....

You do need a thermometer to monitor both the tank temp and temp of the replacement water used for water changes....

Nutrition-good quality varied diet fed in small frequent meals

Look forward to pic once you get your tank setup.....

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Old 08-03-2011, 07:43 PM   #3 
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Thank you very much =)
and i am more then willing to really quick question tho.. That does 1-50% mean?
Sorry i dont know the terms yet ;p
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Old 08-03-2011, 08:07 PM   #4 
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It means one 50% water change during the week.

So, you're gonna take out half the water (just the water, say, IDK, like every wednesday.

Then on say, Sat, you're going to do another 50% removal of water, but this time you're going to siphon out the poop and crud from the bottom.

The reason you dont need a 100% (all the water) change is because you have a filter.

If you feel it would be easier, you can also do a 50% change and then later on a 100% water change, dumping all the water out and giving the gravel a lish swish and rinse out.

Remember, NO SOAP, not ever.
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Old 08-03-2011, 08:11 PM   #5 
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Thank you again =) is there a special way you put the fish back in the bowl or when you first get on?
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Old 08-03-2011, 08:33 PM   #6 
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There certainly is!

Its called "acclimating", and its super important. The reason you do it is because if the fish is suddenly placed into a tank that has a different temperature or different water parameters (or just different water), it can go into shock! Shock can make it feel sick, sluggish, or even kill it or weaken it. :'(

What you should do for not only the first time you add the fish, but every water change:

Put the fish in the cup it came in with whatever tank water is in the tank. If you dont have the cup, use a sandwhich bag.

Put the fish in a safe spot. Make sure it cant jump away and can get air.

Change out the water, keeping the temps as close to what they were before as possible. (Ex. The water was 77'F, use new water that's 77'F) You'll need a thermometer. If its a few degrees off, 76-78'F, no biggie. If its 70'F, it needs warmer water or needs time to heat up from a heater.

Add conditioner to your water.

Now, let your betta "bob" for 5 minutes. If its in a cup, dont let the cup tip! It could drown. Same for the baggie. For the baggie, either clip the betta to the side with a clothes pin or fold the top of the baggie over itself, which will keep it afloat.

After 5 minutes, add in a bit of the new tank's water. Not too much, not too little. :) This will help with the temp. difference as well as the water one.

After 5 more minutes, do it again.

And again, 5 minutes later!

I wouldnt do less than 10 minutes, 15-20+is perfect.

After that time, carefully and gently remove as much of the old water from the fish's baggie or cup. Make sure the fish wont come out!

Then, gently coax the fish back into the big tank. Try to get as little old water into the nice, clean tank as is possible.

Let the little guy relax, since that's a big deal! lol!
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Old 08-03-2011, 08:40 PM   #7 
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Cool thanks lots =)
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Old 08-03-2011, 08:42 PM   #8 
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No problem. If you ever need help, we're always here for you.
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Old 08-03-2011, 08:52 PM   #9 
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Very cool thank you again for all the help =)
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