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Old 02-12-2012, 05:43 PM   #1 
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Question New owner--help with my first aquarium

Hi, I'm totally new here, just got my betta last week kind of on impulse, but I don't want to leave him in the little .5 gallon (tiny, I know) tank I got with him. We don't have a good pet store nearby, so I'm making a trip as part of my birthday outing this coming Saturday to check out a couple of pet stores and hopefully come home with something good for him.

I don't have a really big budget for this, but I'm hoping to get a 5 gallon if I can, though I may have to settle for a 3 if it comes to that.

So what would you guys recommend for a starter? Apollo's pretty frisky even in his little tank, but I want to make sure he's got what he needs to be a happy fish. I've got the basics, pellets, bloodworms for a treat (he loooves them ), and water conditioner. I'd like to kinda get a list of things to check out and look for when I go to the stores.
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Old 02-12-2012, 05:49 PM   #2 
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well i think a 3 or 5 gallon is just perfect for him! you should also get a heater as well and one of those glass in tank thermometers to know the exact temperatures.

are they freeze dried blood worms? if so you should look into frozen or live blood worms or brine shrimp that you can give him along with the pellets for meals.

oh! and something to hide in. terracotta flower pots work great. and make sure you get plants that won't rip any fins!!

good luck!!!
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Old 02-12-2012, 05:52 PM   #3 
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If you have to settle for a 3 gallon tank it will still be alright :) You might also want to get a low current filter and a nice heater! Goodluck with your betta!
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Old 02-12-2012, 06:09 PM   #4 
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I suggest going big initially as it is cheaper and easier in the long run! Bigger tank= less water changes. And you will need a heater (and thermometer).
You can get a 5 gallon critter keeper ( size xtra large for under 20$) or you can buy an entire tengallon kit at walmart for $30!
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Old 02-13-2012, 06:03 PM   #5 
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Thanks guys, I went to the store today just to check things out and I may have found something that'll work!

Granted I had to force myself not to buy the pretty halfmoon sitting on the shelf, but I got some aquarium salt and a little splotch of fake grass so my boy can at least entertain himself a little bit while he's in the itty bitty tank.

Any suggestions for aquarium heaters?
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Old 02-13-2012, 07:07 PM   #6 
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Walmart has a good 5 gallon tank that is $25 and comes with a filter and lighted hood.
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Hawkeye-5-...ts/14660258#rr
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Old 02-13-2012, 07:13 PM   #7 
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I feel like I link this too often...
http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=89018

This is how I have my tank supply list set up. You can take the list from amazon.com for what it's worth, but I'd recommend at least the filter (aquaclear one), since it has a sponge inside which helps with cycling.

You may also want to check out this beginner betta fish care video I made:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_OYY2FEuVAg

Hope this helps!
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Old 02-14-2012, 12:22 AM   #8 
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Sounds like your betta's found himself a nice, caring home. If you can manage 5g or more, that'd be awesome. I have 3.5 and my betta's pretty happy, but I bet he'd love 5 and up.

If you do use terracotta pots, make sure the hole is stuffed with sponge or blocked some other way, as bettas can get stuck in it. Also check your plastic plants for sharp points that might snag delicate fins - if they rip a nylon stocking, they'll rip fins.

Omg, so much to remember! I'm still headspinny from trying to get it all right. But really, it's easy once you get past the crash-course stage. :)
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Old 02-14-2012, 12:53 AM   #9 
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I had varous sized tanks but I feel that the smaller ones are much easier to care for then the larger ones. I can lift up and carry to the sink a 3 gallon petco pet keeper - I can't do that with a 10 or 20 gallon tank.

If you inisit on a filter then you are going to need ammonia, nitrite and nitrate test kits to test their levels while the filter is cycling. However, only 5 gallons and up can be cycled or so I have been told. If its less then that I wouldnt bother with a filter. you would still have to do the 2 water changes a week

Heaters are good too, just not the tetra preset ones. I have a 50 watt and it cant even heat up 3 gallons of water to over 75.

if you get a 10 gallon you can divide it and keep 2 or 3 males in it

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Old 02-14-2012, 12:58 AM   #10 
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Hagen elite submersible heaters work well for small tanks

and the tetra preset heaters are horrible
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