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I was just wondering what type of equipment I would need to set up the tank? to ensure that the Siamese fighting fish have better quality life (live longer) and is there any books on Siamese fighting fish that you recommend that I should read?

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they need the same equipment as any other tropical fish. a decent size tank, not the itty bitty little cups and bowls stores try to sell them in, a heater to keep the water temp up, and a filter unless you plan to keep right on top of your water changes. something to clean leftover food and waste off the gravel will also be helpful. besides that and the obvious fishfood, the only other thing I can think of that youd really want to have would be something to dechlorinate your water when you do water changes. im not sure of any books to recommend, im sure other people here will have some for you but just reading through the betta fish threads on this site will help a lot.
 

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We have a whole BETTA forum called Bettafish.com. You can enter one of 2 ways.... key in the address in the address bar, same userid and password. OR

On Our MAIN menu look for the "Fresh Water Fish and Aquariums" section. There is a File folder for Betta Fish. That is a direct link to the Bettafish.com forum. (Our turtle tab works the same way)

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Please keep in mind that you cannot house two males together, just in case you didn't already know that. We look forward to seeing you at bettafish.com.
Having worked for a wholesaler, we would bring in 50 female bettas and have them in a 20 gallon tank... that is HEAVILY planted. They are quite unlady-like... much worse than junior high girls in a cafeteria! :)
 

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they need the same equipment as any other tropical fish. a decent size tank, not the itty bitty little cups and bowls stores try to sell them in, a heater to keep the water temp up, and a filter unless you plan to keep right on top of your water changes. something to clean leftover food and waste off the gravel will also be helpful. besides that and the obvious fishfood, the only other thing I can think of that youd really want to have would be something to dechlorinate your water when you do water changes. im not sure of any books to recommend, im sure other people here will have some for you but just reading through the betta fish threads on this site will help a lot.

Yup, just like any other fish. Only thing I would add to the list is a background for the tank. Aside from transforming the look of the tank (for the better), it provides security to the fish.


Having worked for a wholesaler, we would bring in 50 female bettas and have them in a 20 gallon tank... that is HEAVILY planted. They are quite unlady-like... much worse than junior high girls in a cafeteria! :)

The practices of wholesalers and retailer should not be emulated by hobbyists, ESPECIALLY by people who are new. There are entirely different goals between the commercial side of fish keeping and the recreational side.
 
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True Jim and Jaysee. And "heavily planted" is also a "perspective". And who wants your fish hiding all the time anyway? lol I want mine comfortable enough to come visit me at the glass window I peer into.

MissBec... did you find what you needed? Let us know if you did NOT!!
 

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A small tank is a small tank, no matter how many plants you cram in there. Too, plants take up space in the aquarium....too many and there will be even less space for the fish.
 

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I'm only planning to have 2 fish, one Siamese and another fish friend, I only have 30 litre tank which I think is a decent size what type of filter I would need?
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Most fish small enough to share a 7gal (30litre) tank with a Betta are shoaling fish and need to be stocked in groups. That makes them inappropriate for a small tank. Betta don't need tank-mates. A Nerite snail is fine. A few shrimp after the tank is cycled and mature.

A sponge filter is always good for a a Betta tank. The Azoo Palm is a nice, small, inexpensive HOB (hang-on-back) filter.
 

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I'm beginning to feel like a broken record by always recommending sponge filters for Betta. But the fact remains that sponge filters are a optimum filter for Bettas. Sponge filters are great filters for Betta because they are extremely low external flow filters while doing an excellent job of providing enough real estate for BB and filtering out solid substances. They also have the advantage of being relatively cheap to purchase.
 

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Not cheaper than the Azoo palm filter from F and S ;-)
 
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I'm afraid that's true (once they get them back in stock). By the time you set-up a sponge filter with appropriate tubing, check valves, air-control and the sponge filter itself, it's at least as expensive as a top-line HOB and more expensive than a cheap one. Plus there's the complexity of having to buy the components separately.

I'm still a big fan of sponge filter for the advantages listed by AV above. They can be made to be quieter than a HOB. They can be set-up to filter more than one tank, even several.
 

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Hi,

I was just wondering what type of equipment I would need to set up the tank? to ensure that the Siamese fighting fish have better quality life (live longer) and is there any books on Siamese fighting fish that you recommend that I should read?

Cheers Bec
Minimum 2 gallons of water
25-50 GPH filter (you can go lower)
50 watt heater
A varied diet
 
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