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I plan on upgrading my betta's tank from 2.5 to 5 gallon tank. I only have a 7.5 watt heater, so I know I have to get a better heater. so my questions are these:

-What size heater (watts) do I need?
(I don't go by what the heaters say on the instructions bc it seams they are never right)
-Do you recommend a brand or specific one?
-While I'm waiting to get my heater shipped can I start to cycle the tank without him in it? Or should I wait?
I have a filter that came with the 2.5g but is way too strong for him in the 2.5 (I modified it so it would work in his tank by putting panty hose over it)
- do I need a new filter?

I'm doing some searching/googling on my own, but I'd much rather hear from someone who has had a 5g before. Googling only led to misinformation for me in the beginning.
He will have many silk plants, hiding places, gravel, conditioner, stabilizer, heater, filter, thermometer, light. Is there anything I'm missing or that I would need for a 5g that I don't already have or haven't mentioned?

Thanks so much for taking the time to read and help me. I'm a first time betta owner so I'm learning a lot from this forum. I want to make sure I have my ducks in a row prior to jumping into this
 

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I run a 50 watt Aqueon Pro in my 5.5 gallon. The Pro is a little more money but it is a great heater and totally worth it.
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?pcatid=23952

I would wait until you get your heater and do a fish-in cycle. Without a source of ammonia the tank won't cycle.

Not sure which filter you are running but I'm sure we can make it work if you tell us what kind. I like air driven sponge filters myself.

I would recommend a lid, bettas will jump. I use an Aqueon Versa-Top with my 5.5 gallon. You will also need a test kit if you don't already have one. I use the API Freshwater Master Test Kit.

As for water changes, 2-50% weekly is fine when the tank is cycled. Until then I would rely on test results. Check out this thread,
http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=555434

If you are looking for LED lighting, this one is working out pretty good for me,
http://www.amazon.com/Marineland-LE...sr=8-1&keywords=marineland+led+aquarium+light
 

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I run a 50 watt Aqueon Pro in my 5.5 gallon. The Pro is a little more money but it is a great heater and totally worth it.
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?pcatid=23952

I would wait until you get your heater and do a fish-in cycle. Without a source of ammonia the tank won't cycle.

Not sure which filter you are running but I'm sure we can make it work if you tell us what kind. I like air driven sponge filters myself.

I would recommend a lid, bettas will jump. I use an Aqueon Versa-Top with my 5.5 gallon. You will also need a test kit if you don't already have one. I use the API Freshwater Master Test Kit.


As for water changes, 2-50% weekly is fine when the tank is cycled. Until then I would rely on test results. Check out this thread,
http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=555434

If you are looking for LED lighting, this one is working out pretty good for me,
http://www.amazon.com/Marineland-LE...sr=8-1&keywords=marineland+led+aquarium+light

I was looking at that same heater on Amazon. I have no clue what the filter is, it came with an elive 2.5 tank kit. There was no paperwork in the box and the pet store I got it from didn't have any more :roll: I'm beginning to dislike the stores.
I kept the box and it says it's a micro bio sponge filter 55 gallons an hour It has a removable sponge. It shoots out like a hose, so that's why i put panty hose over it. Honestly he probably wouldnt survive if I hadn't. Sorry I can't be more help in that dpt .

I did forget about the test kit! Thank you so much! The one I ordered a while back was the wrong one, I sent it back and the issue has never been fixed. Imagine that.
 

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I'm not sure about that filter as I have no experience with it. Sponges filters offer excellent biological filtration and are very low maintenance. And best of all you'll never have to worry about baffling it.

There are two brands I like to use, one is a Hagen Elite, http://www.amazon.com/Elite-A900-Single-Sponge-Filter/dp/B0002AQGZQ/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1441322985&sr=8-1-fkmr0&keywords=hagen+elite+sponge+filter
I am currently using this filter on my 5.5 & 10 gallon tanks.

I use a Jardin Mini on my 2.5 which I feel would also be perfect for a 5.5 gallon tank. http://www.amazon.com/Jardin-Aquarium-Cylinder-Sponge-Filter/dp/B005LMQCW2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1441323149&sr=8-1&keywords=jardin+mini+cylinder+soft+sponge+water+filter

You will also need an air pump. The Tetra Whisper10 is a really good pump and is inexpensive,http://www.amazon.com/Tetra-77851-Whisper-Pump-10-Gallon/dp/B0009YJ4N6/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1441323325&sr=8-2&keywords=tetra+whisper10&pebp=1441323325737&perid=0Y6T8V0MQ6D0A317B8KF throw in some tubing and a check valve and you are all set.http://www.amazon.com/Jardin-Plastic-Aquarium-Valves-2-Piece/dp/B00880E1ZY/ref=sr_1_1?s=pet-supplies&ie=UTF8&qid=1441323397&sr=1-1&keywords=check+valve

If you prefer an hang on back filter, I'm sure someone will recommend a good one.
 

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I've never used those type of filters, I would definitely have to educate myself lol I use one that sticks to the side of the tank and I just plug it in--- Again I have no clue what I'm doing with a filter, I know the one I'm using is good for his tank. Thank you so much for all the help and links Mike! You're awesome. You've been a lot of help!
 

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Actually, 1-50% water change weekly in a cycled tank should be sufficient. I personally do two, but that's just me. When cycling your water changes will be based on your test results.

I made an album on my sponge filter set-up. Maybe this will give you a better idea.
http://www.bettafish.com/album.php?albumid=24538
 

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I have a 5.5 right now and I use an internal filter similar to the Tetra whisper 10i (it's an older model) and I also have and Top Fin 10 HOB filter. I'm not a huge fan of either of them. The HOB is way too strong and the internal takes up toooo much tank space. I'm hoping to get either of those sponge filters soon, because they seem to be a lot more functional and practical.
 

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I have a 5.5 right now and I use an internal filter similar to the Tetra whisper 10i (it's an older model) and I also have and Top Fin 10 HOB filter. I'm not a huge fan of either of them. The HOB is way too strong and the internal takes up toooo much tank space. I'm hoping to get either of those sponge filters soon, because they seem to be a lot more functional and practical.
Thanks for the tip! Mine is definitely too strong, so I modified it. I am definitely looking into these sponge filters though.
 

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I use an Azoo Palm Filter on my 5.5g. It has an adjustable flow and isn't too strong for my betta.
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?c=3578+3579+9821&pcatid=9821

As for heaters, you will either need a 25w or a 50w. It depends on how hot/cold the ambient room temp is. In my house, it is pretty warm so I only need the 25w to keep it at 80 degrees. At school, I have my temp much colder and it requires a 50w to keep the water warm. But the 50w isn't set to 80 degrees where I keep it. It's set to about 75. You just have to slowly play with the heater in order to find out where it will work best.
I use the Hydor Theo heaters.
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?c=3578+3743+11368&pcatid=11368
 
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