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Conversation Between Olympia and fishman1126
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  1. Olympia
    04-14-2012 11:04 PM - permalink
    Flourecent lights do not provide heat, they are good for live plants though.
    Don't get a heat lamp.. Betta need a day/night cycle and turning the light off will plummet temperatures at night.
  2. Olympia
    04-13-2012 03:39 PM - permalink
    Hm, maybe avoid the bin.
    You could build the tank yourself, note that it will scratch very easily however.
    Be sure to buy a water proof silicon sealant that is specifically labeled "aquarium safe."
  3. fishman1126
    04-13-2012 03:37 PM - permalink
    thanks, im not sure that its food grade, its intentional use is for storage, you can buy them at the dollar tree, but i was wondering if i could build a tank out of fiber or plexiglass? you can buy it in sheets about 2/3 of a centimeter thick, i have a design in mind that will allow me to introduce new fish into my sorority without them being able to hurt eachother so i could observe their reactions to her, sort of in an "L" shape. let me know your opinion.

  4. Olympia
    04-12-2012 09:03 PM - permalink
    Starting with a smaller tank, you'd need a smaller (and therefore cheaper) heater + filter. You could also fill your bin halfway to make it 15 gallons, as long as there is 9-10 inches of height. If you have a wal mart near by, the sell a 10 gallon tank with a filter for around $30, you'd still need a heater though.
    Sororities have a minimum of 4 fish, because if there is one or two that are really tough, they could pick on the weaker one to the point of death. I'd say 5 is the best number, in a 30 gallon you could do up to 20, in 15 gallons you could do 13-14 and in 10 gallons 7 is the max. You have to buy them all at once because adding new girls into an already claimed territory can end badly.
    Hope that covers your questions, feel free to ask more though!
  5. Olympia
    04-12-2012 09:02 PM - permalink
    1. You don't need a lining, but getting a thin gravel bed is very recommended for anything over 10 gallon to help cycle your tank. I highly recommend researching the aquarium cycle, either on here or just googling "aquarium nitrogen cycle" It's pretty vital to large tanks. Note it will take a month to complete, during which you can't have any fish, but it is WELL worth it.
    2. You can use a 30 gallon bin for your fish, and save up for a tank if you want. As long as the plastic is food grade, it's fine for fish to live in. The most important thing to invest in is a good heater, which will probably be the most expensive thing you need to start with, along with a filter. I recommend aqua clear brand, though others are good too...
  6. fishman1126
    04-12-2012 08:11 PM - permalink
    im just gunna hit you with my list of q's..... just answer what you can. thanks

    1. do i need a lining for the bottem of the tank (sand gravel etc.)
    2. if i cant use the 30 gallon containeris there any low-cost tank i could use ( i saw some 5 gallons for about 20 dollars, and thats a little on the high end for me)
    3. on that mark, if i can use the 30 gallon container, what sort of filtration/heating device would i need to properly controll it? ( i would really prefer not using the container though)
    and fianlly: about soroities, if i have less than 4 female fish in the tank, will the still be agressive?
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