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Old 03-23-2008, 09:59 PM   #11
 
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I would say put him in the new tank with the heater etc. Make sure to get a liquid test kit for Ammonia, Nitrite and Nitrate and do frequent water changes until the tank has cycled. Because it's larger, it won't pollute quite as quickly as the smaller tank, and at least it will be kept at an adequate temperature.

Try to keep feeding to a minimum while the tank is cycling, this will stop the water from polluting as quickly.
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Old 03-23-2008, 11:35 PM   #12
 
Let me ask some quick questions before getting started tomorrow morning:

Question 1: Changing the water. I'm assuming the drain 50% tank water method right?
Should I go about it like this?:

1)Prepare room temperature(Colorado...60 degree weather) water with conditioner(an empty 1 gallon water jug? Not sure what kind of measuring container would work best to get the right ratio of water:conditioner...)
2) Drain 50% of the water in the tank. (could anyone suggest a good method to do this? Using a bucket seems like it'll get messy.)
3)Pour the conditioned water into the tank.
4)Let sit for another week.

Do those steps sound right?

Question 2: Can you even reuse the test kit over and over without needing to buy expensive(assumingly) refills? Do they sell them at Wal-Mart or Petco/Petsmart?

Should I test the water before I pour it into the tank to make sure the conditioner worked fully?
If I buy a standard water test kit, what readings should I look for exactly?


Thanks for any help.

PS: I'll be looking over that cycle guide posted earlier later tonight. I'll ask any questions I have concerning that before I go to bed.
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Old 03-24-2008, 05:58 AM   #13
 
I've decided on a 10 gallon tank. I'll buy everything else seperate. I would rather get a good filter than one I don't like with some random kit.

On that note, what is a great filter for a betta in a 10 gallon tank?

Also, if anyone could answer my 2 other questions above, I'd really appreciate it.

Thanks.
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Old 03-24-2008, 06:02 AM   #14
 
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1)Prepare room temperature(Colorado...60 degree weather) water with conditioner(an empty 1 gallon water jug? Not sure what kind of measuring container would work best to get the right ratio of water:conditioner...)
2) Drain 50% of the water in the tank. (could anyone suggest a good method to do this? Using a bucket seems like it'll get messy.)
3)Pour the conditioned water into the tank.
4)Let sit for another week.
Question 2: Can you even reuse the test kit over and over without needing to buy expensive(assumingly) refills? Do they sell them at Wal-Mart or Petco/Petsmart?
Should I test the water before I pour it into the tank to make sure the conditioner worked fully?
If I buy a standard water test kit, what readings should I look for exactly?
PS: I'll be looking over that cycle guide posted earlier later tonight. I'll ask any questions I have concerning that before I go to bed.[/quote]
hi,
get a clean bucket that has not been used for anything else,and keep it as your fish only bucket,put your new clean water in there,and add the conditioner,give it a stir,and leave to one side while you empty the old water from the tank..you can use a jug(clean unused)to empty dirty tank water.once you have done that,boil the kettle and add some hot water to the bucket of clean water just to take the chill from the clod water,
slowly add the clean water to the tank,then turn the heater back on,
and all should be fine.
the test kit you can reuse,it should have enough in it to last a long time.
you will be testing for Amonia.nitrAte and nitrIte.
you can get the test kits from pet stores.
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Old 03-24-2008, 06:04 AM   #15
 
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10glln sound great,good on ya. :)
a HOB hang on the back filter should be fine for your tank.
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Old 03-24-2008, 06:28 AM   #16
 
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lol, yeah, I'd meant the little tank. By all means go complain to them. Just try to not buy anymore stuff from them (yeah, I know, sometimes impossible)

The liquid test kits come with enough drops for about 80 tests each I think (too lazy to run downstairs and check). Get an API or Red Sea, they have master kits. You mostly want to be checking ammonia, nitrite, and nitrates.

Look for a small gravel vac, the have em pretty much everywhere. It helps get the water out of the tank and if you have an excess of stuff in the gravel it gets it out. You should only do a 25% change each time.

Heater: since you're getting a 10 gallon I'd say you will want a 50w.
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Old 03-24-2008, 04:42 PM   #17
 
I set off to multiple pet stores to get my equipment in about 2 hours.

Does anyone have any suggestions as to what I should make sure to do once I get home with everything?

I want to be as prepared as possible.

Anyone have suggestions on a nice 10 gallon tank filter brand?

Thanks.
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Old 03-24-2008, 05:58 PM   #18
 
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I dunno...just check the silicone on everything and make sure it looks put together correctly.
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Old 03-24-2008, 06:18 PM   #19
 
If you don't know what an HOB filter is, it's a Hang-on-back filter.
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Old 03-24-2008, 06:38 PM   #20
 
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Your Betta will love you for getting him a 10 gallon tank!

For a 10 gallon Betta tank I would get a filter that doesn't create too much current as Bettas don't like high currents. Something like this:
http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...ductId=2753028
It comes with a filter cartridge that contains carbon and a sponge for growing the benefical bacteria on.

Dont' skimp on the heater. I have this heater on my 10 gallon:
http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...ductId=2754055
It's a very reliable brand and keeps the temp within 1 deg. F.

Don't forget to pick up a thermometer, the kind that go inside your tank:
http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...ductId=2752255

Also, if your buying from Petsmart go to their website and print out the online prices and they will price match in the store. Their store prices are higher than the prices you see here from their website.


You might also want to pick up a couple buckets. I have two 5 gallon buckets. One I marked "Fish Only" which I mix my fresh change water in and another that I drain the old tank water into. You can use a gravel vac like this:
http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...ductId=2752298

Good luck!
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