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post #1 of 14 Old 07-25-2014, 05:55 PM Thread Starter
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First Aquarium Help.

Hello, I recently purchased an aquarium kit from Walmart. It is a 6.5 gallon semi hex aquarium. I plan to keep a male betta in it. I have read up on the nitrogen cycle, and I am prepared to fishless cycle my tank. However, I have a couple of questions.

1. How do I prepare my tank?
Before I put gravel in my tank, do I wash it under the tap, or should I use dechlorinated water? Does the same go for decorations? Do I wash my tank under the tap or in dechlorinated water before use?

2. What heater should I get?
The kit didn't come with a heater, so what heater do you reccomend I get?

3. Water changes: how often and how much?
How frequently should I do water changes? How much water should I replace? (After my tank has cycled of course).

Sorry for all the questions, I just want my fish to be happy! Thanks in advance!
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post #2 of 14 Old 07-25-2014, 06:08 PM
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Okay first wash everything; the aquarium, filter, decor, gravel, ect. Just wash everything under the tap. Tetra makes a good submersible heater. But i forget the name of it. Water changes is all different. How do you plan on stocking it? I usually do 50-70% once or twice a week. But my tanks are heavily planted and heavily stocked. Plants will heLp with keeping all the bad stuff away.
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Okay first wash everything; the aquarium, filter, decor, gravel, ect. Just wash everything under the tap. Tetra makes a good submersible heater. But i forget the name of it. Water changes is all different. How do you plan on stocking it? I usually do 50-70% once or twice a week. But my tanks are heavily planted and heavily stocked. Plants will heLp with keeping all the bad stuff away.
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Thanks! I only plan to stock it with a male bettta and maybe a couple shrimp.
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post #4 of 14 Old 07-25-2014, 06:42 PM
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Will it be planted?
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post #5 of 14 Old 07-25-2014, 06:48 PM Thread Starter
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I don't think I'm going to plant it.
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Well I always want people to plant their tanks. Cuz it is the MOST natural tank setup. But obviously you dont have to. Some plants you can get are java ferns, java moss, any anubis type, christmas tree moss, but tie them to driftwood or rocks. There is also water wisteria, anachris, and water sprite, which you can bury or float. Then there is frogbit and dwarf water lettuce, they are floating plants, that your betta will LOVE. It will actually love all these plants. They are all pretty impossible to kill. Just get some root tabs if you want some more growth.
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Well I always want people to plant their tanks. Cuz it is the MOST natural tank setup. But obviously you dont have to. Some plants you can get are java ferns, java moss, any anubis type, christmas tree moss, but tie them to driftwood or rocks. There is also water wisteria, anachris, and water sprite, which you can bury or float. Then there is frogbit and dwarf water lettuce, they are floating plants, that your betta will LOVE. It will actually love all these plants. They are all pretty impossible to kill. Just get some root tabs if you want some more growth.
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Ok, I may try some anacharis and frogbit.
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post #8 of 14 Old 07-25-2014, 07:14 PM
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Ya, start with them and if you have success than get some more (if you want). Your betta and shrimp will love them.
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post #9 of 14 Old 07-25-2014, 07:40 PM
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Hi and welcome to the forum. :) I recommend you read these two threads to get a grasp on how people often cycle;

http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/b...ecific-107771/

http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/b...-guide-111960/

Read through those. If you have any questions you can post in the threads. We have a ton of bacteria nerds waiting to answer your questions there. ;)
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post #10 of 14 Old 07-25-2014, 08:40 PM
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Is this tank LED or does it have light bulbs? That is a HUGE factor in whether or not you plant and in all honesty, the betta won't care one way or another if they are fake or live.
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