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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 04-30-2019, 04:15 PM Thread Starter
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First betta

I got a betta for my birthday from my co workers. It was in a tiny 2 cup bowl that was slumped on to a piece of teak wood. I loved the bowl so I bought a new one for him in a gallon size. Also got him some zebra snails, a floating plant and a plant tied to a piece of dragon stone. I bought him Hikari betta pellets, a small heater and a thermometer. Got some black sand for the bottom, and betta water conditioner. He has been living in the tiny bowl for quite a while in the florist shop and he seems so happy in the new one. He likes to follow my finger and seems happy to see me. Is there anything else he needs? He's not real huge, not sure how old he is, and he's a blue common type.

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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 05-01-2019, 03:07 AM
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With smaller bowls daily water changes are necessary. in adding the snails (any more than one in small tank like that ) adds to the bio load that is already at a break point with out daily water changes. The ammonia and nitrite levels are what build up (and very quickly in a 1 gal. bowl) and will kill your new boy very quickly if left unchanged.

Congrats for the birthday and congrats on your new boy.
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Thanks for the advice, that is why I joined. I am off grid so I can't have a tank that pulls a lot of power as I only have the inverter and battery power during the day.
 
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I was looking at 5 gallon tanks on Amazon. What tank is the best? I saw so many bad reviews of the tanks and their filters damaging the Bettas.
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I was looking at 5 gallon tanks on Amazon. What tank is the best? I saw so many bad reviews of the tanks and their filters damaging the Bettas.
Honestly it is entirely up to you, consider the size and how much water you'd need to treat, heat and change. Larger tanks typically can go longer between changes.
You could always look at an air stone over a filter, they'll circulate the water without damaging the Betta's fins and can be run from batteries. Plus some fish love playing in the bubbles.

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Hi and welcome to the forums. There isn't much that is required for these little guys, most of the items are just quality of life and the negative effects can be mitigated if you're willing to put in the work.

As mentioned, the tank size is up to you, but the smaller you go, the more frequent the maintenance. We're talking daily or every other day for 1 gallon with weekly or bi-weekly for 5 and 10 gallon (again, all depends on the setup and parameters).

- A heater is required unless you live in a tropical climate and can guarantee stable water temperatures around the 80 degree F range.
- A good water conditioner is required for tap water, and highly recommended for all other water sources.
- A filter is not required but very nice to have as it helps with water parameters between water changes.
- Decor is another nice to have and at minimum you're aiming to provide him with a place to hide from predators outside and above the tank.

You could probably get a 5 gallon on sale for about $15 or a 10 gallon at the PetCo dollar per gallon sale for $10. I'm not sure when the next sale would be but it should be soon.
I don't know how much power you have to play with, but with a larger tank, you probably could forego the filter. You would need a bigger heater which would be a tradeoff, but could always try to insulate his tank.
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Aqueon, Tetra, MarineLand, all have good start up kits. However I do my setups from scratch. 5.5 gal. tank less than $15.00 Aqueon Quiet flow LED Pro 10 filter, $16.99, an Aqueon 50 watt submersible glass heater, $21.99, or a Jager 50 watt submersible heater $25.99. A little more expensive this way but I know i'm getting quality. I use a glass canopy (16 inch) runs about $11.00, and a Finnex 16 inch Stingray or planted plus, less than $50.00.
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Thanks! I have no clue what I'm doing as I haven't had a fish much less a betta before.
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Thanks! I have no clue what I'm doing as I haven't had a fish much less a betta before.
That's what we're here for. If you have any questions at all just post and there will always be good advice to help. We have all been there some much longer than others but with the same goals in mind.
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https://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B01JS..._1556760798775

This is the one I ordered. 6.5 gallon.
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