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Old 08-22-2011, 02:06 PM   #1 
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new aquarium = new questions

New (used, but new to me) 10 gal aquarium. I only have like, two questions.

How often should I change the water?

And I have an adjustable 50 w heater. Should I keep it on high, med, or low? I don't have a thermometer

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Old 08-22-2011, 02:35 PM   #2 
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Do you have any idea what the high, medium and low temps are on the heater?
Btw that background must be scaring the fins off your betta! It's really cute though :D
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Old 08-22-2011, 03:16 PM   #3 
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The background gave me a start, lol. Welcome to the forum! Your tank looks great! To answer your questions:

1. Get a thermometer, it will save you the headache; as well as any emergency temperature fluctuations that occur during your fishkeeping. They're like, $3 for the ones you stick INSIDE the tank. The sticker ones are not that accurate, and are difficult to read.

2. In that 10 gallon aquarium, is that a filter behind the heater? In any case, here is a schedule for both filtered and unfiltered 10 gallons:

If you leave it unfiltered: 50% twice a week with a 100% every other week.
If you buy a filter in the near future: 25% once a week if you just have a betta.

Having a filter will allow your tank to establish a natural ecosystem, which will aid you in removing harmful compounds from your fish's waste.



Also, as a side project, you can invest on getting your boy a hut or cave to go in, or some tall plants (silk preferred) for him to play and sleep in :). Your boy looks so big in that 10 gallon <33
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Old 08-22-2011, 03:39 PM   #4 
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Hahaha I love the background. I thought he was gonna flare at it, but he hasn't yet! Yes, it's a filter that was in my 1.5 gallon. The 10 gallon came with a filter, but, since everything was used it was the most filthy thing in there. And I don't have any cartridges for that big of a filter. So i'm using the tiny one for now. There's also a jar on the right side of the tank, you can't really see it because it's clear but it's in there.
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Old 08-22-2011, 05:15 PM   #5 
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Okay, the setting is on low and I used a thermometer I found in the closet, and it's registering at 78-80 degrees. At the lowest. Is that suitable for him? I'm going to buy a thermometer in the next few days. Most definitely.
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That sounds perfect but be sure to get that thermometer. :)
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Old 08-22-2011, 05:30 PM   #7 
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That sounds perfect but be sure to get that thermometer. :)
Alright. Thank you. And yes i'm definitely getting one probably tomorrow.
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