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  1. fishman1126
    04-15-2012 01:52 PM - permalink
    fishman1126
    i also have a snail, and it is reccomended i use cuddle fish bones for its calcium, do you think i could just give it a calcium chew, or other fish bones?
  2. Olympia
    04-15-2012 12:04 AM - permalink
    Olympia
    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.
  3. fishman1126
    04-13-2012 06:43 PM - permalink
    fishman1126
    thanks for the tips!
    the tanks at walmart with the flourecent lights, does the flourecent light act as a heater?
  4. Olympia
    04-13-2012 04:39 PM - permalink
    Olympia
    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."
  5. Olympia
    04-12-2012 10:03 PM - permalink
    Olympia
    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!
  6. Olympia
    04-12-2012 10:02 PM - permalink
    Olympia
    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...
  7. fishman1126
    04-12-2012 08:50 PM - permalink
    fishman1126
    thanks. well i was wondering if instead of buying a 2.5 gallon tank for 2 fish, if using an old plexiglass 30 gallon bin i had laying around would be fine. i used to use it for my old turtle, but turtles need alot more room than bettas do
  8. MaisyDawgThirteen
    04-12-2012 08:34 PM - permalink
    MaisyDawgThirteen
    Sure. :) If there is any questions I can't answer I'll point you in the direction of someone who can.

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  • spectrum, my loved crowntail male!
    (yes, he's named after the pink floyd album)
    (hoping to get more a sorority going once i get more space in my tank, or a new tank)
    and the whole yogscast crew of various other fish!
    simon: a golfish
    lewis: another goldfish
    duncan: a dalmation molly
    hannah: a snail
    sips: a red minor tetra
    sjin: another red minor tetra
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