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post #2 of (permalink) Old 01-01-2013, 09:41 AM
LuvMyBetta21
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Hi! Welcome to the site and Happy New Year! Congrats on deciding to keep your betta. He's a beauty and they can be lots of fun. I too am new to the betta world. I just got my betta on christmas eve. I bought a 1gal tank w/filter trusting the info the pet store gave me and ended up back in the store a few days later, after doing my research, to buy everything else he needed that the pet store ppl failed to tell me. I don't know much about betta illness yet but I can help out as far as tanks and stuff :)

I upgraded my guy, Leonard a VT, to a 5.5 gal tank with a filter and 50W heater by aqueaon.

I think most tanks are glass. I would recommend buying a kit. You need a lid for your tank and buying it separately the lid will cost almost as much as the tank if you buy the hood w/light.

This is what I purchased http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...AvailInUS%2FNo
along with this heater http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...AvailInUS%2FNo

From what I have read 2.5 gal is the minimum. I think the general saying here is Bigger is better. If 5 gal is too big for you, you could always go with a 3.5g and then you would only need a 25w heater.

As far as plants...some ppl do live plants. Me personally I'm not ready to try that yet so I got silk plants. My guy loves them and they're soft so they don't cut his fins.
http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...AvailInUS%2FNo

At the end of it all it comes down to personal preference and what works best for your budget. Good luck !

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