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Old 04-04-2013, 08:09 PM   #21
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No prob. What size tank is he in?
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Old 04-04-2013, 08:15 PM   #22
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He is in a five gal tank.. Do you think I should get him a bigger one? Or is five gal ok... It's my grandmothers fish so she likes to keep it on this little table next to her chair. But I didn't know if that was big enough... Here was a pic 2 days before he got sick. Also I got him a filter, the heater, new gravel and I'm going to put 2 real plants in with him instead of those fake ones. He seems to like to swim through all the plants and lay on them at night.
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Old 04-04-2013, 08:28 PM   #23
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AHA!!! Ok. In plastic plants, bettas tend to get stuck. I have had it happen several times. I think the reason his fins look so torn up is he got stuck in a plant and wriggled himself out, but tore his fins. It's an easy fix. Clean water, and remove the plastic plants.

5 gallons is great. I was hoping it was a good sized tank. That way he's got room to play. I just got one today after my DG died and put him on my 10, but there's a few others in there with him. And since its on my mind, be careful how strong the filter is set. They aren't strong swimmers, so a strong current is hard on them. Also, it just happened to mine who is now having a panic attack, they can get sucked against an intake or if its a tube into the intake. He's never gonna trust me now. Lol.
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Old 04-04-2013, 08:55 PM   #24
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Lol I'm sure he won't go near that again.. Im sure he knows its not ur fault lol. i bought this filter.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00176...f=ya_aw_oh_pit
Because I read it has a low flow rate. I hope he doesn't get sucked onto it lol. And ok all plastic plants gone. I'll get a fern and hmm some sort of small plant... Is this a good heater this is the one I got for him because my other heaters are way too big
http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B006JV...f=ya_aw_oh_pit
Is there anything els he may need... Any plants in particular betas like?
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Old 04-04-2013, 09:06 PM   #25
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Plants: water sprite.

I'm not sure on the heater. I've never used that one before. Watch the temp and make sure it's about 78-80 degrees. If so, it's perfectly fine.

Filter: looks fine to me. I would just keep it somewhat low so that your betta isn't overwhelmed by the current.

As for my betta, he hasn't returned to the intake section of the filter since then, but he keeps coming up to the front and staring at me like he's saying "I don't think you can take good care of me." I feel so bad now. No harm came to my boy. Just a heart attack for both of us.
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Old 04-04-2013, 09:13 PM   #26
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Do you have a light for the tank? Usually plants need some type of light for the aquarium. 1-2 watts per gallon.... You might get away with using a lamp
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Just saying because if plants die in the tank it can ruin your water chemistry and hurt ur fish....
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Lol I would have freaked too !!! there fins are so long that its easy for them to get sucked in to things.. At least he did t get hurt though and ok I'll look for that plant and keep an eye on the heat... Thanks for all this help!!!
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Old 04-04-2013, 09:16 PM   #29
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Well it's a 15 watt lamp, but I was going to replace that bulb with a florescent natural bulb
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15 watt lamp is great
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