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Old 02-09-2011, 08:32 PM   #11
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Yeah, mine was in a 10 gallon with some cory cats. Fully filtered and heated, obviously. He was gorgeous and extremely greedy. Unfortunately I had made my own 3D backing for the tank and he got stuck (as he was fat). I had to pull him out by his fins (pulled some bits off but he would have died if I didn't). He survived and after I stripped out the backing he's doing well.
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Old 02-09-2011, 08:35 PM   #12
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I have not owned one myself---yet!
I've looked after my brothers when he has gone away for a few days though.
I am currently looking at getting a 5g with a fliter and heater so can put a male betta inside once it's all set up and cycled
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Old 02-09-2011, 08:43 PM   #13
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They are the sweetest little fish. Granted the only fish I've ever owned-for now.
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Old 02-10-2011, 02:49 AM   #14
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A Betta does not require a heater. Room temp is fine. A heater won't make him any happier. I keep a 5 gal tank with 5 Guppies and they love it. Guppies are cool for small tanks because they reproduce and you can keep the prettiest ones and give the others away.
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A Betta does not require a heater.
This is definitely not true. For your betta to live up to its true potential, it needs warm water at a constant temperature. 78-82 degrees Fahrenheit is the ideal range. Bettas may be able to survive at "room temperature" in a warm room, but they'll be sluggish and stressed from the temperature changes.
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Have kept Bettas for 25 years. Never heated the water. Never sluggish, in fact have spawned. Opposite is true. Too warm = sluggish and diseases.
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A Betta does not require a heater yes. But sometimes it can make them happier. I know that our junk heater in our house is always changing. A heater can help keep the water temperature constant. But a Betta can be just fine without one. For those of us who use one, it is our personal decision. It is no use arguing about something so petty as a heater for a Betta.
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waynotcars: By that logic, none of my fish need heaters. My home is pretty warm, It's not like they'd shut down or die in the night, they'll be fine, right? Yet I wouldn't dream of it and neither would you, but somehow it's always just fine for Betta fish. Who cares about potential when there's good enough, right?

It's funny how some people see no difference between surviving and living.
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I prefer to use a heater just in case. I just don't see the use of arguing when they probably won't change their ways. Just like the people who have their fish in a gallon bowl. They probably won't go buy a thirty gallon for the goldfish unless they really care about the fish. Most people with bowls probably use them as decoration. I'm saying most, not all. Like those ridiculous betta vases. Those people just want decoration, or were ill informed. I'm NOT trying to offend anyone. But I just don't want this thread to become an argument. We all share a common love of fish, and we can decide the type of care they get. If the room temp is around seventy five to eighty then hypothetically Mr. Betta would not need a heater. But most people don't have their homes set at that all the time. I sincerely hope I haven't offended anyone. That was not my intention in this post.
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Sometimes even the heater doesn't keep the temp stable. I had to turn it down earlier. I have it set to seventy six but today for some reason it went to eighty six. I had to run the fan and turn the heater way down to get it back to the normal temp. I don't know what the problem was.
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