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Old 04-15-2011, 09:06 PM   #1
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Hi! New around these parts :)

First off I am a betta lover. Only kind of fish I have owned-I've had about 10 over the years. Right now I have a 'rescue'-he was given to my uncle as a Christmas present (animals are NEVER good presents unless you've specifically asked for and are expecting one) and he didn't really want it, and I had a fish that died tragically (he got stuck under an aquarium decoration somehow overnight ) so they gave it to me.

I'll post more about him specifically elsewhere though. The details of his tank are-he has a 1 gallon tank with some fake silk plant decorations and small rocks for substrate. I give it a full water change weekly (as I've heard smaller tanks shouldn't be cycled but should be cleaned weekly so any leftover food and waste doesn't cause ammonia) He also has a small heater (it is about 5" in diameter and fits in the bottom of the tank. I also have a temperature strip to make sure his temperature is staying even. I keep it between 80-86 degrees. I use a combo of Nutrafin water conditioner and API stress coat conditioner, and once in a while also will put in Betta H20 conditioner by ZooMed with each water change.

For food I feed him a variety. I have two different brands of betta pellets, one of tropical fish pellet, betta flake food, freeze dried bloodworms (fed very sparingly), freeze dried daphnia, and freeze dried mysis shrimp.

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Old 04-15-2011, 09:09 PM   #2
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Hi, I love bettas as well, and they got me started in this hobby.

One gallon isn't really the best for a Betta. A five gallon is usually considered the minimum here. I used to have them in bowls, and now have them in ten gallons. I'm never going back because their personality really shines in a bigger tank.

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Old 04-15-2011, 09:19 PM   #5
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I'm aware a bigger tank is better, but I am in a small basement apartment and must keep him in my room due to easier temp. regulation, and there really isn't a space to put a 5 gallon. But he seems to be very happy in his 1 gallon (it might actually be 1.5 so it is a tad bigger than just a gallon) tank. He is very active, eats like a pig (I have to resist his cute hungry dance to not overfeed him!), flares, tries to bite my finger. I also make sure to exercise him with a mirror at least once a day. He seems very happy.

Also he was raised in a half gallon tank until I rescued him and have my current tank-so to him its a lot bigger and he's active, whereas the other one he was in a cold tank and sat around.
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Aww! I love my betta Elvis. To keep him entertained, did you know you can train them?

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