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Old 08-17-2011, 02:10 PM   #1 
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New Betta

Hello, Tomorrow I will be getting a new Betta fish with a 2.5 gallon tank which includes a small filter, water cleaner (I'm using tap water to fill it up), and food (does not include a heater). I will be buying gravel and a few decorations. Anyways, I wanted to know how to take correct care of a Betta fish. How do I introduce them to the new tank? When do I feed them? When and how should I clean the fish tank? And since I don't have a heater is there any way to maintain a correct temperature? Sorry for so much questions. Thank you so much!
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Old 08-17-2011, 02:55 PM   #2 
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Welcome and congrats! Soon you will be getting the betta bug hehe, trust me :D

You will want to add in the water decholinator prior to putting your fish in his new home.

How do I introduce them to the new tank? I would float the cup in the new tank for 30 mins or so to get the temp even so it will be less stress for the little guy. Also, keep the lights on his tank dim/off for a while to keep him calm.

When do I feed them? Once or twice a day, very small amounts. They do beg for food and are big pigs when it comes to eating. Think of a lab puppy, food oriented. Don't let him fool you, he won't be starving. If he is an adult, ave 2in in body length, skipping one day a week will be good for him as well. Variety in food is great. So bettamin flakes, small pellets, frozen bloodworms and/or frozen brine shrimp will be loved. Freeze dried is good only for an occasional snack since they tend to bloat the fish and have no nutrients to them. Be aware that he may not eat up to a week or two after you get him, sometimes it takes them a bit to get comfy enough to eat. If you feel as if he needs to eat, can soak the pellets in garlic juice. It's the fish version of catnip lol. Also with pellets, if you see him spit them out a cpl times while eating, try presoaking them or smashing/cutting them up. Sometimes those pellets can be too large.

When and how should I clean the fish tank? I would suggest 1 50% water change and 1 50% substrate water change per week. On the substrate can do the stir/dip method to get as much you can out. Cupping him in his cup while you do so won't harm him, and would be better if you see him going crazy when you do the change. Always add in the dechlorinator in the tank every change, for full dose. Don't use soap on the tank or the deco, that can harm/kill. Some people may recommend 1 50% and 1 100% change, to me either is fine depending upon how dirty your guy gets.

And since I don't have a heater is there any way to maintain a correct temperature? Water changes, heat lamp, location. I would suggest a heater when/if you can though to help. http://www.amazon.com/Hydor-HEATER-A.../dp/B0006JLPFE[/url] is a good size. If you can't, at least get a thermometer so you can keep an eye on it and any fluctuations. Sometimes room temp is just right. They prefer 76-82F.

You said a few deco, they love hiding places, so if you can get some rock formation or cave, he'll love it, along with plants. With few things in the tank, they can get bored easily. So spoil away :)

Good luck with him! Any more questions feel free to ask, if you see anything wrong, don't hesitate to fill out the sticky and post in the emergency section of the forums. Oh, and want pics when you get him! :)

On a side note, make sure the filter doesn't push the water out too fast, they like it calm. There is a way to put a sponge in there to help keep it calm, but I don't know how to do it myself :(

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Old 08-17-2011, 07:26 PM   #3 
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^What Myates said. Good luck!
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Old 08-17-2011, 09:27 PM   #4 
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Thanks! I decided to get a heater! I just need a recommendation on how much watts I should use. Thank you!
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Old 08-17-2011, 09:38 PM   #5 
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I would do 25 watts, those are good for up to 6gal, so if you ever upgrade you can still use it :) This is decent:
Marineland Visi-Therm

(ignore the previous heater example on my last post, that one doesn't have an adjustable thermostat and can cause a high temp jump. This one I believe does)

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Old 08-18-2011, 05:03 AM   #6 
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Nice job, Myates. But why can't new guys learn to read the introductory (sticky) posts. Or FAQs when available.

This is something that has plagued user forums for years, so maybe there is nothing to be done.

Not picking on you, BettaK. You just got to me on a grumpy evening. Peace.
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Old 08-23-2011, 08:48 PM   #7 
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I agree with a 25 watt heater. Yes, reading stickies can be helpful but sometimes it's nice to be able to ask what people recommend.
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