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Old 12-20-2011, 11:48 AM   #1 
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Smile My 5 Gallon Tank Setup

Hi everyone! This is my first post on this site. I've read a ton of the posts here, which greatly helped me order all the stuff for my betta (which I plan to picking up soon after Christmas). I just wanted to share what I have put together so far and ask if there is anything else I should get (besides decorations and substrate).

Food:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00..._ya_os_product

Filter:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00..._ya_os_product

Heater:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00..._ya_os_product

Thermometer:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00..._ya_os_product

Tank:
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Hawkeye-5-...-Pets/14660258

And I also got some of this for gravel vacuuming/siphoning (I'm going to use the DIY guide and attach the top part of a water bottle for the end to suck up gunk)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00..._ya_os_product

I also got this to use for the water:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00..._ya_os_product

Which reminds me of a question about the water. Is it ok to fill up a bucket (probably a 2-3 gallon) with the water and put the water conditioner in it, and then put it in the tank? The guide I read said to put the water in the tank and then put in the conditioner, so does it really matter?

Anyways, I just wanted to get everyone's feedback on my (soon to be) setup and see if there is anything else I should get. I was planning on picking up some bloodworms and tank decorations at petco when I go to buy my betta, and I believe I should look for a few plants (silk!) and a cave-like, smooth structure.

Thanks for the feedback and creating such a great community for starting fish-keepers like myself!

P.S. How exactly do you pronounce "betta?" Is it like "BEE - TAH" or "BAY - TAH?"

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Old 12-20-2011, 12:20 PM   #2 
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Hi, AA! I'm pretty new here too - welcome from a fellow newbie. :)

I ordered that very same tank, heater and thermometer! The tank comes with a filter, though, so you might want to hold off on that.

As for conditioner...I always mix my water in a jug, then pour it into the tank. Doesn't matter, so long as the conditioner makes it into the water. ;)

I don't know if it's correct, but I've always pronounced it "Bay-ta."
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Well hey there :) I got the other filter as my main filter (since it has the sponge for cycling), and will likely use the filter that comes with the tank for my 2.5 gal tank I've had empty in the basement forever. I'm going to use the 2.5 gal tank for when I'm home from college on breaks and such, but the 5 gallon should be the main tank at school.

I'm excited to see the tank, cool you got the same stuff :) I also read that it's a good idea to keep the heater's top above the water line to prevent an oil-like slick. Has that been your experience? I'll probably do that since I'm paranoid anyways lol.
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I'm still waiting for mine to show up (should be here tomorrow), but I read the same thing about the heater. I'm with you - better safe than sorry!

Good point on the filter - I wonder how it will fit with the tank's hood. Let me know when you get yours set up, okay? :)
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Old 12-20-2011, 12:37 PM   #5 
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Sure thing, I'll update this post with pictures and such once I get everything and set up!
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Sounds good!
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Also, should I get some test strips? I don't really feel like spending another $20+ for the liquid one I found, and am mostly concerned with the initial and first few water changes.
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I don't have any experience with test strips; the two bettas I have now are my first fish since I was in high school (more years ago than I care to admit ;) ), and I went with the liquid kit when I bough my initial supplies. I've heard mixed reviews about the strips. Hopefully someone more experienced will come along and have a better answer for you.
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Welcome to the forum!

Strips aren't as accurate as the liquid kits. And it works out to be the same price, if you buy all the strips separately. Like, the ammonia, nitrites, nitrates etc end up working out to about the same as just buying the API master test kit (liquid). I bought the strips and realized that they really aren't as accurate. The liquid kits go to like the 0.1ppm, where the strips go to 1ppm.

You really only need the test kit if you plan on cycling your tank. Which I would do, if you are using a 5 gallon, otherwise you'll have to do 100% water changes, which can be bad on the back after a while lol.
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Old 12-20-2011, 02:36 PM   #10 
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I broke down and bought the full test kit from amazon. I also ordered some decorations for the tank:

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...00_i00_details

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...00_i01_details

So all I think I'll need at the pet store is the substrate and my new fish :)
Kind of ironic I've spent so much for a $5 fish :P
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