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Old 01-07-2012, 03:10 AM   #1 
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So many questions

so i bought an amazing red betta last semester to live in my dorm with me which has proven to be a great place (better then my house) since my room has people in and out and hes a very social fish. He just sits at the side of the tank where the most people are and loves to follow people around.

Unfortunately i didnt have to much money when i got him, so i was only able to get a 1 gallon tank which had a filter / light and such he seems to like it. I provided about a 1inch base of aquarium rocks (small) and some plastic red, yellow, and orange "gems" (don't worry i took the sharper ones out) he also has a plastic fake plant which glows faintly for about and hour at night, and tiny shark head (shark-bait) which he sleeps in.

im looking at buying a 5gallon tank which as far as i can tell is the same type as i already have, comes with a hood / light / filter. and ill buy a heater. Link here to the ebay page

is a 25W heater enough for a 5g tank.. its adjustable.
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ill probably give my girlfriend my old tank with everything except the Shark head since Jaws loves it.

what should i get for the new tank. I was thinking the aquarium rocks, he seems to like pushing them around, and keeping the "gems". I'm unsure on the type of plants that are safe for bettas.

Also i have been feeding him Wardly betta food pellets but he refuses to eat them and will only eat if i crush them. they seem to be to big i guess? but i tried my roommates food and it was a small pellet which he still refused to eat. Not sure what to do

Thank you for the help, ive really become attached to Jaws
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Old 01-07-2012, 07:14 AM   #2 
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That tank is a great size for a betta! :D Personally, (some may tell you the opposite), but it's best to get a 50W heater. When I had my betta, I used the Omega One Betta Food. It's supposed to be good, but my betta was sick and he wouldn't eat it. :P I'm not quite sure about Wardley, though. I don't know anyone that uses them. You should keep the gems and the shark as it sounds like he's grown quite attached to them! :D

Good Luck!
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Old 01-07-2012, 07:16 AM   #3 
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Also, I've heard marimo balls and anubais are good for bettas! I'm getting a marimo ball pretty soon for my Guppy tank! :D
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Old 01-07-2012, 06:32 PM   #4 
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im looking at buying a 5gallon tank which as far as i can tell is the same type as i already have, comes with a hood / light / filter. and ill buy a heater. Link here to the ebay page

is a 25W heater enough for a 5g tank.. its adjustable.
Liink to ebay page for heater

That tank is 10 dollars cheaper at walmart.com: http://www.walmart.com/ip/Hawkeye-5-...-Pets/14660258

And I agree with Maisy - a 50 watt heater is better for a 5 gallon tank. :)
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Old 01-07-2012, 10:12 PM   #5 
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As far as food goes I'm a big supporter of New Life Spectrum -- if you're able to get to one, Petco sells it (you could also order from them online). They have a Betta formula as well as a small fish formula; if Jaws prefers his pellets crushed I would go with the small fish formula as they're tiny. They might seem a bit more, but the jars they come in are larger than any other Betta food jars/packages that I've seen.

Personally, I would also rather a 50-watt heater for a five-gallon. Ten-watts per gallon will be able to heat the water to the appropriate temperature at much colder room temperatures without straining the heater; even if it never has to work that hard to heat the water, however, it will be easier on the heater. Also a note: I've seen it said a million times that the heater is the last place to try and save some bucks brand-wise as it's such a vital piece of equipment and not all are created equally.

Here's a thread for heater reviews if you'd like: http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=82735

As for plants you can use live plants, silk plants, or any soft plastic plants -- a recommended technique to ensure they do not tear your fish's fins is to run them along a pair of pantyhose: if they tear that, they will tear fins. I've never done this myself, to be honest.

If you're considering live plants, here's a handy thread for those as well: http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=76428

With fake plants, just a heads up: if you can bend them and they will stay in the position you bend them into, then they have metal in the "stems" -- you'll want to be sure that no metal is exposed before putting them in the tank. As far as I know, people have had luck with using aquarium-grade silicone in cases where the metal is exposed; if it's a new plant you bought at a store, you could also return it.
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Old 01-07-2012, 10:32 PM   #6 
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-reads through- also recommend, if you want fake plants, go with silk, rubber (those are usually sold in walmart actually!!), or fabric. much better than plastic :)
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