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What am I doing wrong?
Old 08-01-2008, 08:12 AM   #1
 
What am I doing wrong?

Hi everyone! About a month ago I puchased a 1 gallon bowl and a beta fish (male). Got his food, the beta fish conditioner some pebbles for the bottom of the bowl. He died a week later. :(

Though maybe the temp wasn't high enough, so bought a thermometer to regulate it. Rinsed out the bowl, the pebbles, and the fake plant that was in there. Bought another beta (male) and he was doing well for the first week. I changed his water, he was okay for a few days, then looked like he got some kind of fungus/tail rot. Went to Pet Smart and got the fungus meds, put in the bowl, but two days later he died. :(

I would LOVE to be able to have a beta as a pet..I think they are beautiful and so much fun, but don't want to get another one until I know what I am doing wrong...any suggestions? Thanks :)

Laura
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Old 08-01-2008, 09:56 AM   #2
 
Well first off 1 gallon is WAY to small for a betta fish. You need at least 2.5 gallons. You need a heater for the fish. And if you get a filter make it a spnge filter. Also some silk plants are better then platic due to bettas decilcate fins. You will need a full out bag of gravel or sand. Get the smallest bag if you are getting a 2.5 gallon or a 3 gallon or a 5 gallon. Get more then 1 plant get around 4 silk plants if you get a 2.5 gallon or +. And then you also need to cycle the tank. If you cycle a 10 gallon it takes around 1.5 months. If you cycle a 2.5 gallon around 3 weeks. But it all depends on your water parameters. You will need to get a master test kit to test for ammonia, nitrates, nitrites, and ph. Get the luquid test kit not the test strips the test strips work like crap. Your water parameters were wackoo i am guess because you didn't cycle the tank which made the fish die.
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Old 08-01-2008, 10:44 AM   #3
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+1 for the bigger aquarium. You should have a minimum of 2.5 gallons for a betta, and the bigger, the better. Also, the larger the aquarium is, the more stable it will be, which means less work for you :) . I would cycle it using the fishless cycle method. Besides not hurting your fish, this method is quicker. I just cycled my 15 gallon tank in 10 days using this method!

Check where you buy the fish too. Most fish stores keep bettas in deplorable conditions, and they are already sick when you get them. I have heard that some people on here get their bettas from aquabid.com, but they are a bit pricey. Just make sure that where ever you go, you get a healthy betta in the first place.

Also, a good liquid test kit is a must. The API kit is very popular and includes tests for ammonia, nitrite, nitrate, and pH. Good luck.
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Old 08-01-2008, 11:32 AM   #4
 
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Aquabid is pricey when compared to a pet store but the fish you get from a reputable source is likely to be healthier and in far better shape than those kept in the cups at Petsmart. One or two sick fish and medicine later and you could have saved money by just buying the more expensive fish.
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Old 08-01-2008, 06:40 PM   #5
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Aquabid is pricey when compared to a pet store but the fish you get from a reputable source is likely to be healthier and in far better shape than those kept in the cups at Petsmart. One or two sick fish and medicine later and you could have saved money by just buying the more expensive fish.
Very true. I will never spend money on pet store bettas again. But...that doesn't stop me from saving the ones that I can get for free :) ! I guess I am just an uncurable softie!
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Old 08-01-2008, 07:06 PM   #6
 
I would not recomend getting a Betta from aquabid untill you get more experience at Betta keeping..check out the "Sticky" at the beginning of the Topics, do some research and try again.Check out the posts here , there is alot of good info..Good Luck with your next Betta.
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