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Old 03-23-2008, 10:18 AM   #11
 
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Im not gonna get another tank bigger just for one fish.
It doesn't matter how many fish you have- if you can't meet its basic care requirements it is not a fish, just a mean decoration. If you get a 2.5 gallon tank it would be the appropriate size for your single fish, add any more and your tank would be overstocked. Get a larger tank, get a heater, get a filter.

As for the statement that changing the water every day will stress out the fish- you're right, it will. But not as much as ammonia poisoning. If you don't change the water in that tiny tank every single day your water quality will be terrible. If you get a bigger tank with a filter you won't have to do quite so many water changes.

So here's my tip: take your water and get it tested. Ask for the specific numbers- you will find that you have ammonia and probably nitrites in your tank. This is why your fish is sick, this is why we are telling you to get a different tank.
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Old 03-24-2008, 03:41 PM   #12
 
Well I have this stuff called: BettsFix Remedy.

What it does is cleans diseases and other stuff in the tank. You use it in small tanks so you don't have to clean everyday.

Now, I called some pet stores about how often should I clean my tank. I told them the size ect. You know that saying, "Don't always believe what you see on the internet", well thats why I called. I do think that you guys know what you are talking about, but I just wanted to make sure:

-Call One: Clean Once A Week
-Call Two: Clean Once A Week
-Call Three: Clean Ever Three Days
-Call Four: About Once A Week
-Call Five: Clean Once A Week

So yeah. Im not sure how often Im gonna clean it. Im going to stick to once a week for now and just see. Maybe even every three days
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Old 03-24-2008, 07:12 PM   #13
 
If someone wants to close this, go ahead. I was adviced I'm causing problems in this thread. So I will go.

Im sorry, I was just giving my opinion. Sorry for any problems I caused.

-Dalt584
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Old 03-24-2008, 08:54 PM   #14
 
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We just want to see you go with the bottom line and get the correct tank and stuff that will make your Betta happy and well.
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Old 03-24-2008, 09:32 PM   #15
 
Ok, can we...maybe, start over?

Could you guys maybe give me a website of a good tank size for my betta? Or reccomend a place to get one?

I have a heat lamp. Should I continue to use it? Or get a heater?

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Old 03-24-2008, 09:58 PM   #16
 
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You can go with at least a 2.5 gallon tank for the Betta. Some people use Mini-Bows, some don't (the light inside can get too hot), there are other kinds of kits available also. If you go 5 gallon you can get a plain standard tank and just get either a sponge filter (hooks up to an air pump) or a very low flow filter (I usually say Whisper here, they make a nice in tank filter and they're usually about $12), I dunno where you get a hood for those cuz they're so small but you may as well look for one with a light.
Yes, get a heater, if you go with the 2.5 gallon tank they make preset ones that work very well. Look for the Hydor or Marineland brand name, if you go with the 5 gallon then I'd get a 25 watt heater, look for one with an indicator light, don't buy Top Fin. You will also need a thermometer to keep an eye on the temp.
Don't forget the water conditioner and the water testing kit (when you set up your new tank if you choose to put your Betta in while cycling you will need to test daily), get the API liquid kit, it's a bit pricy depending on where you get it but will last you a long time and if they're trying to push it for over $20 order it online.

I know this seems like a really long list but it really isn't and you're doing the right thing here. Let us know how it goes. Here's a couple good websites:

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/product/shop.cfm?c=3578

http://www.petsolutions.com/default.aspx
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Old 03-24-2008, 10:18 PM   #17
 
Ok, cool.

Now summer is comming up. I live in California, and the sun just directly beats on my house, you gotta trust me on that. With no A/C, were talking almost 94 degress. But I do have A/C but its not on to much. Does he need a heater still?

Just today it was pretty hot, and im checking his little thermoneter, and it says 80 degreess.
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Old 03-24-2008, 10:23 PM   #18
 
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Ok, cool.

Now summer is comming up. I live in California, and the sun just directly beats on my house, you gotta trust me on that. With no A/C, were talking almost 94 degress. But I do have A/C but its not on to much. Does he need a heater still?

Just today it was pretty hot, and im checking his little thermoneter, and it says 80 degreess.
Finally doing the right thing. :)

I cannot stress how much a betta needs a heater. This is the most important piece of equipment, besides the tank itself. You can have it off during the day, but at night it has to be on. The temperature can easily drop 10+ degrees in the night which can kill a fish.
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Old 03-24-2008, 10:31 PM   #19
 
Ok, I will get into a pet store as soon as I can.

Also, I had another question, and its probobly a no, but why not ask. Can I put a frog in with a betta or a gold fish. Some lady at a pet store said I can, but thats only one person.

She showed me the frog I can put in with it, and it stays under water, and it was swimming with other fish.
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Old 03-24-2008, 11:11 PM   #20
 
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Ok, I will get into a pet store as soon as I can.

Also, I had another question, and its probobly a no, but why not ask. Can I put a frog in with a betta or a gold fish. Some lady at a pet store said I can, but thats only one person.

She showed me the frog I can put in with it, and it stays under water, and it was swimming with other fish.
This can be a yes. Many people have African Dwarf Frogs in with their bettas. But, it all depends on the betta's personality. Some will make friends with them, some wont notice them, some will beat them to death. Make sure you have hiding spots fo the frog. Other options are shrimp and snails, but again, this all depends on the personality of the betta.
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