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post #11 of 13 Old 12-24-2007, 04:15 AM
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Bettas are jumpers so a covered tank is recommended. Concerning the water temperature however, unless your room temperature is constantly in the high 70s, you will need a heater to keep his water warm enough. You can buy micro-heaters for mall tanks less than 5g, but really I would recommend upgrading to a 5g tank or more if he is in smaller, in which case a 25W heater would be perfect for him.
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post #12 of 13 Old 12-27-2007, 12:02 PM Thread Starter
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Betta update:

Bluel is still hanging in ther. He can't swim very well and spends most of his time lying on the bottom. He does swim up to eat and get some air. His tank water is looking pretty nasty. I bought a second fish (to replace him) and the difference between the two tanks is amazing! The clarity of the water for the new fish is much better. I did put some medicine in Bluel's water to see if that would help. Maybe this is prolonging his life. Not sure. I've never had a sick Betta last this long.
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post #13 of 13 Old 12-27-2007, 02:02 PM
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Have you been doing small water changes every day? It's unlikely that the water would stay bad if you have been unless something is getting in that shouldn't be. have you tested the water? A presence of any of the 3 evils (amonia, nitrite and nitrate) in the tank will make it smelly and look oily at the top, with the exception of nitrates, where they should be low, rather than zero.
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