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Old 12-20-2011, 04:35 PM   #11 
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LOL, I know the feeling! I started out with a 2.5 gallon tank for my first betta, then saw a second betta I just HAD to have. So I ordered the 5 gal, which will be a divided tank for both boys, with the 2.5 staying around as a hospital/QT tank. But of course when I ordered the 5, I had to find more decorations for it. These two 5-dollar fish are getting pretty pricey. ;)
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Old 12-20-2011, 07:05 PM   #12 
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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."
Since you ordered the same tank as me, how much substrate do you think I should get? I'm not familiar with aquariums enough to have any idea
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Old 12-20-2011, 07:54 PM   #13 
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I kinda guessed at mine based on what's in my 2.5 gallon now. I have one 5-lb. bag in the 2.5 gallon, which gives me about a 3-4 inch layer. So I got a second 5-lb. bag to add to that when the 5 gallon tank comes. If you like a thinner layer of gravel, though, you might stretch a 5-lb. bag -- would probably get about a two-inch layer.
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Old 12-20-2011, 07:59 PM   #14 
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Awesome thanks for the information! When I go to petco I'll be sure to get something around 5 lbs. or more :)
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Old 12-20-2011, 08:06 PM   #15 
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Not a problem! :)
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Old 12-20-2011, 08:09 PM   #16 
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Well sound like you are going down the right path with preplanning. As for the gravel unless you are going to get live plants you shouldn't need that much gravel. And i would recommend putting the conditioner in the bucket then putting the water in the tank.
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Old 12-20-2011, 08:57 PM   #17 
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Welcome to the forum! Looks like you're getting yourself set up nicely!

Don't forget a liquid test kit (they're very imporant), and decor to give your little guy places to hide behind.

Another suggestion, one thats actually helped me a lot, (it's not needed but it's nice to have) is a timer for your light :) (they're pretty cheap at your local hardware store if you can nab one) establishing a consistant night and day cycle is important too~ Especially if you have limited daylight during the winter season!
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Old 12-20-2011, 09:06 PM   #18 
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Thanks again for all the great responses! I got this test kit:
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...00_i00_details

And I got these decorations (if tank seems sparse after putting them in I might get a few more)
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...00_i01_details

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

I should be getting my betta next Monday, so I'll be sure to post pictures of my setup once I get it all together!
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Old 12-20-2011, 09:08 PM   #19 
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Can't wait to see it! :)
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Old 12-20-2011, 10:36 PM   #20 
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I just want to recommend care with decorations. You need to make sure that rough/sharp edges or surfaces won't snag those lovely long fins. Silk or live plants are best.

In the USA most people seem to pronounce it Bay-tah, which I think is really wierd (after all, it has two ts!). Here it's pronouced bet-tah.
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