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Old 01-29-2012, 02:05 PM   #1 
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Help is much appreciated

I need advice

I currently own a betta and he is in a one gallon tank
I know he shouldn't be in there, but I was feeling lonely when I moved to this new state and needed a friend. I convinced my Mom to buy me my fish; his name is Miguel de Cervantes. My Mom couldn't afford much, so I found a one-gallon bowl for $5.
Ever since I got him, I wanted to save up money to buy him a proper tank.

I only have $40 and would like to spend it on him- my closest friend, here (I do have a lot of friends, but I have known him the longest, lol).
I have been searching for hours to find the most affordable living environment for my poor Miguel.
I finally decided that a 5.5 gallon tank was the best thing in my price range (beats a 1 gallon, right?). http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...461&lmdn=Price It says it has a "heating lamp" and I don't know if that means it replaces the need for a heater or what?

But I also saw a $13 10 gallon bare glass tank. I would be much happier getting that for him, but it has no hood or filter or anything. It will cost more than I have to get the tank a hood. I am wondering if I could just get the filter and heater and light without getting it a hood. Probably not a good idea because dust can settle on the top of the water and whatnot...

I just really need help on deciding what is best for my little guy.


~I re-posted this here because I think I put it in the wrong forum, before~
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Old 01-29-2012, 02:16 PM   #2 
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Hey! I'm sure your betta will love having a bigger tank. I have my betta in a 5 gallon plexiglass that I bought from walmart. Its lighter than glass tanks which is perfect b/c I live in an apartment and will be moving soon when school is done. It came with the hood and light built in and included the filter which was perfect. Its about $25 and shipping for walmart is really cheap especially if you choose the instore pick up option. Here's the link...

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

He lovesss his tank, and has huge bubble nests, so I know he is happy in there and has plenty of room. You would only need to purchase the heater and some gravel/decorations which I think you could definitely do within your $40 limit.

Hope this helped and post pictures when you get him settled in his new home!
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Old 01-29-2012, 02:37 PM   #3 
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I would not use the heat lamp. Get a heater. You have to turn off the heat lamp at night so the fish has a day/night cycle, and the temperature would just plummet.

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Regent-10-...-1-ct/10312733
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http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...uctId=11252591
would equal about $40. But doesn't leave money for a heater or more decor.

The one you put, I can't see it but I assume it's this one?:
http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...26amp%3B+Bowls
If so, it'd leave you with under $10 for a heater, which wouldn't get you a good one..

http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...3Bamp%3B+Bowls
This would work if you found a good heater with what you have left.

Your fishy friend would much prefer smaller and heated to larger and unheated, so I'd recommend either:
http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...26amp%3B+Bowls
OR
http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...26amp%3B+Bowls
Depending on your preferences of glass/acrylic.

I'm not going to suggest heaters since I have little experience with different brands.

Also, if these things are marked higher when you go in store, tell them the online price and they should charge you that price (they did for me at least).
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Old 01-29-2012, 04:17 PM   #4 
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I would definitely go for the ten gallon $13 tank. There are several easy ways to save on money if you do get it. :)
- Don't get substrate - go bare bottomed. It's easy to clean, and substrate really isn't necessary, so your betta won't mind. :)
- Use things around the house for decor. Coffee mugs, sake cups, marbles, terracotta pots, clean rodent tunnels, PVC pipes, drinking straws tied together with an elastic band to make coluns; all of these make great caves and hiding spots until you can get the money to buy fake or even live plants and other decorations. :)
- Don't buy a lid yet. Just fill the tank 1/2 to 3/4 of the way to prevent him jumping out. You'll lose a little water through evaporation, but it isn't a big issue. My community tank is lidless and it's fine.

This way, you can save the money to get the heater and filter (the essentials). :) Also, +1 to what Olympia said about the heater vs the lamp. A light is not really important unless you want to grow live plants or if your betta is in a dark room, so you can save money that way too. :)
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Old 01-30-2012, 03:02 PM   #5 
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Thank you all for your help!
I have great news!!!
My Mom said she would help me buy the stuff for Miguel :D
We're going this weekend to get him all that he needs
I'm getting the 5.5 gal. from petsmart for $30, a thermometer for under $3(also from petsmart), a heater from walmart for $15, no gravel, some fake plants, rocks, pebbles, $6 cave, more ornaments for under $5 (which includes at least 2 other things for him to swim through).

So basically, I am paying for the big stuff (heater and tank) and she is paying for his decorations. My fishy will finally have a proper tank :D
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Old 01-30-2012, 04:09 PM   #6 
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Yay! That's awesome news. :)
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Old 01-30-2012, 04:13 PM   #7 
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Woo! Just be sure when you choose your decor, there is no sharp edges on it, or they could tear his pretty fins!
Good luck with him!
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Old 01-30-2012, 06:48 PM   #8 
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Good luck! :)
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