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Old 01-13-2012, 11:18 PM   #1 
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question about tank/filter

i've had my male double tail beta, remy, for about 5 months now and i was keeping him in the "marina" square tank that was under a gallon and no heater. i recently switched to a 1 gallon tank from petco on wednesday and bought a heater that has really improved the water temp and he seems alot happier. i wanted to know if the tank is ok for him? it came with a filter(the kind that needs no pads and sits under the gravel) i'm new here so any advice would be helpful
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Old 01-14-2012, 12:36 PM   #2 
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hmm. do you have a thermometer? a 1 gal with a heater may make the water too warm if it's not monitored. can you set the temp? or is it one of those preset heaters?

and i don't know much about under gravel filters. the only thing i've heard is they don't work as well as a regular one. but i would still do water changes because of the size. probably 50% every 2-3 days.

and a lot of people would say that a 1 gal is too small for a betta. but it's honestly up to the betta. some love all of the room of 3+ gallons and others are much happier in 1-2.5 gal. tanks.
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Old 01-14-2012, 01:41 PM   #3 
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i had an under gravel heater and it didnt do much for my tank, my room is naturally cold in the winter so the water would only get up to 72deg..i have 2.5 gal mini bawl, i went got a fully submersible heater from petco and its working great, you can also change the temp on it. not sure if you can do that with the under gravel one. i would say get a little bigger tank if you can and upgrade to a better heater. goodluck!
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