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LoveBetta1976 02-23-2008 03:56 PM

New Fish Owner
I had bought me a Betta Crocktail. I had also asked the pet store that I got him from if he was fresh water, or salt water.
They told me, the kind I bought was fresh water.
I have a filter on my tank,and I know with Filters, filters are suppose to help keep the water clean. I was currious, to find out, how often should I change the water in my tank with the filter?

SST 02-23-2008 06:10 PM

Every week do a partial water change.

Can you tell us more about your tank and filter? Then the experts here will be able to give you more specific advice.

How long has the tank been set up? Has it cycled?

Lupin 02-23-2008 06:15 PM

Welcome to

You will need API liquid test kit to determine your ammonia, nitrites, nitrates and pH regularly.

LoveBetta1976 02-23-2008 07:52 PM

It's only been set up for a week.
Its a 5 Gallon fish tank, with one them cheap Starter Filters that came with the tank. I dont have a test thing for it, it didnt include one.
Thats the only, thing I can answer LOL.
And, thank you for welcoming me to the boards :D

Flashygrrl 02-23-2008 10:35 PM

Your tank really kinda needed to cycle then. Next time you're at the LFS just pick up an API master kit (sooner than later please) and keep an eye on your water, since it's not too likely your Betta will exactly flourish in the weeks to come.

We're happy you got him a 5 gallon tank though! Most people stick em in those horrid bowls (or less). Unless you live in a warm area, I'd consider a heater too.

LoveBetta1976 02-23-2008 10:42 PM

Thanks for the tips. I will defintelly, be going out tomorrow when the pet stores open, and buy the kit.
I wont need a heater. I live in a pretty warm area. It hasnt even rained in weeks lol.

Cody 02-23-2008 10:54 PM

No, you need a heater. The temperature has to stay at 76 degrees or higher. In the night, this will flucuate a ton, and a few degrees means life or death to a fish.

Flashygrrl 02-24-2008 06:19 AM

Just pick up a thermometer and see where the water temp sits for about a week, if you end up needing one then that's just another good excuse to go back to the LFS and look at all the pretty stuff again eh?

SST 02-24-2008 11:28 AM

I love any excuse to go back to the pet store to look at the fishies. :lol:

I recommend purchasing a thermometer that suctions to the inside of the tank, not the kind that sticks to the outside. It will cost about $2 (that how much mine was at WalMart). They are so much more accurate than the kind that sticks to the outside of the tank. (I have both.)

Welcome to FishForum! This is a great place. Feel free to ask ANY questions. Someone always has the answer. Use the search feature as well.

LoveBetta1976 02-24-2008 01:35 PM

Thank you all for the responces, and the very much helpful tips.
I went out today to Walmart, and bought everything that you guys recommended.
I bought the heater,API Master Kit
and thermometer. I also bought some non nessesary things of course, my one little betta is being spoiled rotten already :D
Everything I bought today costed more then my fish tank lol.
But, hey, my fish is worth every bit of it :D
I even bought him more food, even though he doesnt need it. I like to have different fararity of foods for him, since I know there very picky.
Just to be on the safe side of the fence. I bought him the blood worms. Im pretty sure he will love those.
I also bought another thinggy, so he can swim in and out of even though I have a sunking ship in the tank, and I bought these floating balls,so he can play with those, and I bought those decal stickers for the outside of the tank to make it look like he is at the ocean, he is a very spoiled fishy lol.
I doubt I will buy anymore stuff for him for awhile he is happier now that he has toys in the tank to play with :D

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