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Old 01-06-2012, 09:59 PM   #1 
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Heating a fish bowl?

Hi guys- hoping to get some expert advice here :).

Someone gave me a nice strong blue male betta because, apparently, if they couldn't get rid of it by the end of the week they were going to flush it. I couldn't have that happen, so I took him in.

Anyways, he came in a fish bowl- maybe about 2 gallons? I know that more space is recommended but I just don't have the money right now so I am trying to make the fish as comfortable as I can (at this point, I figure anything is better than being flushed down the toilet.)

My appartment gets chilly at night (way below appropriate levels for a tropical fish) and I dug out an old heater that I used to have with a 10 gallon tank. The heater is 50W. I filled up a bowl of water that is about 2 gallons as well to test it out and it seems to keep the water stable at just above room temperature on the lowest setting. If possible, I want to move this heater into the betta bowl so that he won't freeze at night. Is this safe to do? I don't want to wake up to realize that i've fried the little guy...

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Old 01-07-2012, 12:17 AM   #2 
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Welcome to the forum and the hobby! It was wonderful of you to take him in. Some people keep their bettas in a 2 gal bowl. As long as you do the proper water changes and it can be adequately heated, it's a fine home. But the first rule of having a heater is getting a thermometer that way you can make sure you don't fry him. Right now a simple (but well washed) meat thermometer will do. When you get to the petstore, a floating thermometer is best. I find they are much more accurate than the tape ones.

Let us know how it goes!
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Old 01-07-2012, 08:37 PM   #3 
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Thanks for the tips- I actually ended up heading over to the fish store today and went all out for the little guy - got a nice little 2.5 gallon setup with an LED light hood and some little rubber coral decorations. I got a proper heater that can be put under the gravel and it seems to be keeping a safe and steady temperature. Of course, I bought him some blood worms to have as dessert from time to time too. I had forgotten how fun having a betta is :)

He isn't touching flake food, but i'm assuming once he's hungry enough he'll stop being picky.
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Old 01-07-2012, 08:41 PM   #4 
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Congrats on your fish! :) He'll have a fine crib with you! I'd love to see pics! Yes, bettas are fun to keep!! They prefer pellets, I have never known a betta to eat flakes. :/
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Old 01-07-2012, 10:07 PM   #5 
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Congrats with your betta i hope he's happy my bettas are kind to each other a crowntail male and a female crowntail betta
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Old 01-07-2012, 10:14 PM   #6 
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My bettas ate flakes o.o but, I switched to pellets since they are healthier and have less chance of causing SBD... >.>
Anyways, I think they make bowl heaters... they are a bit expensive...I think.. -checks- http://www.petcarerx.com/catalog/pro...20098&&id=1776 Okay, well it is about the same price as a "2.5-10 gallon heater" from tetra, but it is made for smaller bowls. Only 7.5 watts, very small.
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Old 01-10-2012, 09:27 PM   #7 
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He's settled in well. I'll get some pictures soon. I've owned a few bettas in the past and haven't had one this friendly or active before He likes to wedge himself at the top of the tank between the thermometer and filter... I think he might appreciate a betta hammock. Does anyone have one of these? They look hilarious.
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I have noticed in bowls bettas do that o_O and have seen the hammocks lol!!
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Old 01-10-2012, 10:02 PM   #9 
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Flakes are to good for bettas,something about bloating issues? But i've had a female who will only eat flakes since that's what my walmart feeds. x.x Generally you can coax them onto better foods.

indeed , welcome back to the fun of having bettas. xD

I have some leafy fake plants instead of a betta hamock butmy bettas alllove to rest on them or inside some caves. xD
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I use both the hammocks and large leafy plants as resting places. My guys like both. Anubias have great large leaves and are really really easy to care for. I think all they really need is water and a fish in it.
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