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Hey, so I just bought a new betta the day before yesterday (Tuesday) and I just have a few questions? :-?

I bought him from petland, and he was in this tiny little bowl, so I thought the 2.5L tank i bought for him would be fine, until I got home and did some reading up. So today I went out and bought him a one Gallon fish bowl from walmart, as well as an automatic water heater. But I saw something on here that said bowls are bad for them? And now I'm really confused. And running out of money to buy him another tank. :|

He has about two inches of gravel on the bottom, two plants that reach about halfway up the bowl, and a water heater that keeps it at 78 degrees. I also grabbed an old book reading light and taped it to the top so he had more light (it's dark in my room.) I plan on turning it off when I go to bed, and it's definitely a temp solution. Should I buy him a light?

Is feeding him once in the morning okay?

He seems to be swimming around a lot, and exploring, especially after I added the little light. He goes to sleep if I turn off the lights (he was sleeping at ten thirty when I came in, but started swimming again a few minutes after I turned on the light.) Should I keep a light on for him during the day when the light is off in my room?

I have two bottles of 'cleaner?' One the pet lady told me to buy, the other came with the tank. The first is "Nutrafin Betta Enviro clean." and says 'Biological betta bowl cleaner. Reduces organic waste in betta bowls."

The other is "Nutrafin Betta Plus." It says "Water conditioner for bettas. Makes tap water safe for Bettas. Protects scales and fins. Contains tropical almond leaf extract." Should I just use the water conditioner when I change the water, or both?

And do I need to cycle such a small tank, or can I just stick to my plan of doing a fifty percent water change every three days and a full water change every week? I don't even understand how cycling works. :oops:

I know this is alot of questions, and I'll probably think of more, but buying Rafiki (yeah I named him after a monkey) was a totally spur of the moment idea when I went to go look at bunnies, and now I'm really worried that I have no idea what I'm doing and I'm going to kill my little buddy. He's fantastic and definitely my best Non-thoughtout plan ever. Please help!
 

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I'm definitely planning on getting him a bigger tank once I get the money, but right now this is the best I can do unless I can find our old ten gallon.

But I woke up this morning, turned on the lights, waited for him to get going (he was still sleeping, and when he did start moving it took a while and was pretty sluggish) and now he's not eating. He's just swimming basically in circles around the top of the tank. Is something wrong? Or should I just give him a bit to 'wake up' and try again?

Thanks for all the tips guys!
 

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So I don't know what happened, and I don't know what I did wrong, but I came into check on him after being out of the house for a few hours and he was gone.

I'm kind of bawling my eyes out right now.

RIP Rafiki.

Any ideas on what happened?
 
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