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Last night I took the heater out of Moony's tank and he's swimming around a lot more. But that could be that he's just settling in better. He's been zipping around the tank all day. The heater I purchased is being returned. I asked a Tetra rep about what size heater I might need for a 1.5 gallon tank and got the standard response that bettas don't need heaters. :roll: This is the one being returned: http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?c=3578+3743+25161&pcatid=25161. I am thinking of purchasing this heater instead:http://www.drsfostersmith.com/Product/prod_display.cfm?pcatid=23968.

I also removed the thermometer I bought as well. He wedged himself vertically between it and the tank wall. I'm going back to this one: http://www.drsfostersmith.com/Product/prod_display.cfm?pcatid=3921. I've had two or three of these in the past and had no problems with them.

I was also planning to purchase some more silk plants. These are what I'm considering. http://www.drsfostersmith.com/Product/prod_display.cfm?pcatid=21402

If any of you have better suggestions please tell me so.

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I do a lot of my shopping at Wal Mart, Amazon and Petco. I have a ton of silk plants coming from Petco. They had 20% off and free shipping online the other day. I got 23 plants for $64.

I bought this heater for my 2.5g tank on Amazon. I have gotten it yet so I can't give a review.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B006JVQ67K/ref=oh_details_o00_s02_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

As for thermometers I prefer the ones that stick to the outside of the tank. I get them at Wal Mart for about $3 each. I don't know how everyone else feels about them but I don't have the best eye sight so I can't read the other kind like you had.
 

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Moony Update

Since I've taken Moony's heater out he's been so much more active. He keeps flaring at his reflection.

I bought that 5w heater for a 1.2 gallon tank because I thought it wouldn't overheat my 1.5 gallon. I'm guessing the room temperature is warmer that I thought. But the water feels cold to me. I thought our AC would make it too cold.

I'm going to do a 50% WC today. I've had a gallon jug with the correct dose of water conditioner sitting in my room for the last two days.

One a different note I still haven't seen him eat. So either the pellets are being sucked into the filter or he's letting them sink to the bottom and eating them later. I did fast him yesterday in the hopes that he'd eat today. I still didn't see him eat. He mouthed one and spit it back out. How do you guys handle not feeding your fish for a whole day? I felt cruel.
 

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I have a couple of the Hagen Marina silk plants and I am not much of a fan. The stems are very stiff, the leaves are kind of "hard", and I think the green coloring is too dark. They make the tanks look somber. The bases are made of some weird porous black stuff (like pumice, but I think it is artificial), and there's a lot of excess glue at the base which I had to trim because it was sharp!

I prefer the Blue Ribbon Vibran-Sea or Petco's (which appear to be identical to the Vibran-Sea except for the color of the base, so I think they are made at the same factory). They come in a variety of greens, from fairly dark to very light, with nice accent colors and some more exotic looks as well (blue, white, purple). The Vibran-Sea are on Amazon, but Amazon doesn't carry the whole selection. With either kind, you need to check the tops of the stems carefully -- they have pointy bits that need trimming so they won't snag your betta.

As for the heater, I'd go for a Hydor Theo 25 watt. I have used that in a 1 gallon and a 3 gallon, and I now have it in my 1.75 gallon with a 50 watt version in my 3 gallon. I like the Theo because it is VERY small (7 inches long), and it is adjustable. You can order them on sale right now from Dr Fosters and Smith.
 
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