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Old 04-22-2012, 08:37 PM   #1 
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new to bettas

hello board, i work at a petstore/feedstore and have decided that i want fish. my gf agreed with me that i can get the fish i want (cichlids) if i can keep a betta alive for two years... so anything i need to know.

im going to buy a ten gallon tank + filter + lights.

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Old 04-22-2012, 09:05 PM   #3 
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That's a lot to look through, so I'll quickly some up some other things you'll need. You will need a heater, decor (including some sort of cave/hiding spot), food (preferably betta pellets), a lot of people recommend prime water conditioner, a testing kit, and if you're not familiar with cycling, I would look it up because you're going to want to cycle your 10 gallon.
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Old 04-23-2012, 04:34 AM   #4 
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you could use live plants (i like java moss it grows and you can put it on anything) but you dont have to have them silk or plastic work fine. gravel a heater, and maybe some meds in the future (but lets hope not).
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Old 04-23-2012, 10:21 AM   #5 
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You've not mentioned a heater! It's a must for bettas. Have fun :)
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Old 04-23-2012, 05:30 PM   #6 
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You've not mentioned a heater! It's a must for bettas. Have fun :)
No, but I did.
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Old 04-24-2012, 05:42 PM   #7 
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a yes the heatner not sure how i forgot that!

i read through most of the threads in the first reply i got, one thing it didnt answer was what kind of fish i can mix with it. all i want to put with it is a clown pleco. would that be fine?
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Old 04-24-2012, 07:19 PM   #8 
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I don't think clown plecos can fit in a 10gal tank. I think they get up to 4 inches...

You can use aqadvisor.com to give you a general idea of your stocking. If you really want some fish in with your betta there is a whole compability board here that can answer all your questions. Some common ones with bettas are neon tetras and cories. :)

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Old 04-24-2012, 07:22 PM   #9 
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Also remember some bettas can be mean little boogers :) some cannot be with other fish - I had one who killed my apple snail! but I've had many who did fine with plain guppies, short finned fish like danios (best done in 20 gallons and up), some tetras...

Avoid rasboras, barbs, gouramis, and cichlids, along with long finned varieties, and aggressive fish.
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Old 04-24-2012, 07:57 PM   #10 
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you think 4 inches is too big for a ten gallon? shared with a betta? i really didnt think it would be a problem.
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