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It has been 2 years since I have had a betta, and about a year since I sort of attempted to get back into the hobby. That attempt was unsuccessful, due to some personal issues. Well, I have gotten many of those issues taken care of, and have a lot more free time lately. I think I am ready to get back into the hobby, and start from square 1....again.

I was looking over all of my old stuff today, and my tank has a crack in it, so I am going to be getting another one, so far my list of what I will need to acquire is: a new 10 gallon tank, sponge filter, gravel, safe decorations, some sort of hiding spot, lid for the tank, and a heater.

I am unsure as to whether or not I should get a low level light, because the spot where the tank will go gets very little natural light, and almost no artificail light, as I only turn on one small lamp in my living room after it gets dark out.

I am sure that I am forgetting something here or there, but does the list that I made above seem about right for starting up the hobby again. I want to do it right this time, a few years ago I made a lot of stupid mistakes.

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... so far my list of what I will need to acquire is: a new 10 gallon tank, sponge filter, gravel, safe decorations, some sort of hiding spot, lid for the tank, and a heater.
If you find a tank that comes with the hood, you can get florescent bulbs for the hood that will support live plants, should you choose to add some. As for plants, anubias can simply be floated in the water. They are super hardy, and bettas love using them as beds and lounge chairs.

Water conditioner: Prime by Seachem is recommended here because it detoxifies ammonia and is very concentrated. It's an invaluable tool before your tank cycles, as well.

Do get the API Freshwater Master test kit so you can keep an eye on your water chemistry. You'll especially need to watch ammonia until your tank cycles. If you want to speed the cycling process along you can add a small bottle of Tetra Safe Start.

For 10 gallons, your heater should be 50 watts and adjustable. Remember to get a thermometer, too.

The sponge filter will need an air pump, tubing, and backflow check valve.

Quality food: New Life Spectrum pellets or Omega One Betta Buffet pellets are the 2 most recommended here. Do not buy the dried bloodworm treats; they tend to cause digestive problems.

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Thank you, I am excited to get back into this, it really helps keep my depression in check.

I do know about the heater size, I have always been partial to the adjustable ones, and wonder which ones are recommended now as opposed to a couple years ago?

I have an API liquid kit sitting over with all my aquarium stuff, but it is over a year old, I also have some prime, as I remembered people recommending it before.

I will look into the anubias, I would love to go with live plants, but have no experience.

I appreciate the quality food recommendation as well, I wouldn't have even thought about the quality of the food.
 

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Leave while you can! we are all addicted! LOL Just kidding. Welcome back and I will love to see your new companions someday. =)
 

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I'm getting back into the hobby after two years as well. My plan was to just get one betta, and I ended up getting a second within a week. I have no self control!
 

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For heaters, I've seen recommendations for Aqueon, Hydor, and Eheim Jager. I have the Eheim Jager in my 10 gallon tank, and it keeps the temperature rock solid, all the time.

Check the expiration date of your API kit. If it's within the date, and you've kept it safe from extreme temperatures, you could give it a try. Maybe test some tank water (after you get going) and compare to test results at the pet store. The nitrate test is very fussy; it's the one that you have to shake really well. If bottle #2 has crystallized, you'd need to replace it.

I have two very black thumbs. Seriously, plants hate me. So far, my anubias are thriving. When they float, the roots take in ammonia from the water. I haven't added any fertilizers for them. They do well in low or medium light. And my fishy thinks they are the best thing ever. :)
 

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I have an Aqueon heater, and I love it. Never gave me any problems. I also have a no name heater that came with my 10 gallon kit, and it's fantastic. I wish it was a brand, so I could get more. :( I got the 10 gallon kit at Petsmart though. Came with the tank, hood, HOB filter, and the heater for $60-ish.
 
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