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Old 02-09-2012, 07:21 PM   #1 
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Figuring out this whole betta thing for the first time...

Hello-- I've tried to answer as many questions as possible by reading the other threads, but I have a couple left. I'm excited to be getting my first betta next week after I finish putting my tank together. (I went to 4 stores today and none had gravel, so I will be going on a little road trip!!)

In the stores I saw floating logs and leaf hammocks. Do bettas actually use these/like them? I bought a 5.5 gallon tank if that matters.

Also, my tank came with a sample bottle of Nutrafin Cycle Biological Aquarium Supplement. What is that...? I haven't read about it, is it necessary? I know I need conditioner and I have a bottle of that as well.

I think that's it for now. I'm sure I'll have more questions once I bring the fishy home. :)
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Old 02-09-2012, 07:43 PM   #2 
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yay! congrats on your first betta soon!

and yes they do use those things. they love them. :]

well, the 5.5 gallon is perfect. did it come with a filter? and you have a heater right!?

and the biological supplement is the starting for cycling your tank i believe. it's good bacteria that help naturally break down fish waste and such. so you don't have to do 100% water changes all the time like you would if it wasn't filtered and/or cycled. this normally takes a few weeks to develop though. although i'm not sure how long it takes with the supplement. so you might want to get some water testing kits as well.
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Old 02-09-2012, 07:59 PM   #3 
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Most Bettas like having somewhere to lie and sleep on! The hammock works great, I used to have one and my dude slept on it all the time As for the floating logs I have only seen them in other people's setups, but am tempted to get one.
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Old 02-09-2012, 08:46 PM   #4 
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Hi, I'm new to bettas, too! My fish just loves his leaf hammock and uses it all the time (cuteness factor 10).

I have heard that the best bio-supplements must be refrigerated at all times or they're useless? I'm not sure on whether the unrefrigerated kinds are any good, maybe an experienced person can help sort that out.

I hope you enjoy your betta. They really are pretty special.
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Old 02-10-2012, 11:08 AM   #5 
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Aw, everyone is so friendly and helpful here! :) I will definitely get a leaf then, and maybe a log later. I will also look into this supplement some more-- getting a water testing kit sounds like a good idea too. And yes I do have a filter and a heater. Just need to get the tank decorations and I should be set. Thank you everyone!
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Old 02-10-2012, 11:51 AM   #6 
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I've found that my bettas prefer the marina natural silk plants to lay on rather than the betta leaves. I've never tried the betta log but a friend has it and her betta loves it. Be careful when cleaning the leaves I've found after a few months they don't want to stay in their suction cups anymore or the suction cup won't stick. What kind of betta are you thinking of getting? I like halfmoons and plakats :)
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Old 02-12-2012, 12:12 AM   #7 
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Thanks for the tips-- and I'm not sure what I'm getting! I feel like I've learned a lot about betta setup and care, but I know nothing about the different kinds. I guess for this first one, whatever is available and appears the healthiest. Unfortunately there aren't a lot of places to get bettas in this town.
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Good luck finding a nice betta. Lucky fish - he or she will be going to a very nice, caring home. :)
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Old 02-12-2012, 09:15 AM   #9 
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Remember to post pictures! Heh heh
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