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My First Betta


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Hi guys I just bought my first beautiful and he is beautiful! He is cherry red. I think it's a veiltail but the guy at Strictly said he is only known as a Siamese Fighting Fish. I thought I'd check a Betta which was low in price to start with. He is watching me while I typed. I'm in love :goodo: BTW I got a 10L tank for him and a Java plant. Strictly tried to sell me those teeny teeny little containers for his house until I saw a permanantly asleep one. I haven't attached a filter yet nor a heater, I've got so much advice I don't know what to do. Can anyone tell me how I can attach a photo so I can show you all?

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Thanks Jess I'll have a quick look at photobucket. I'm just reading some more info on the Bettas and now I'm unsure whether I should hook up that filter or not. I ended up getting a complete 10L tank with a hang on filter as it worked out really cheap and it does have a small hole on the right of it and if I cover it up then no air gets in the tank. Geez more worries!

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I usually put a small piece of fly screen over corner holes. Evn a sponge stuffed into the hole works :goodo: If you think the betta can't jump out of it, I would leave it. You can hook the filter up if you want, just keep an eye on the betta, if the flow is too much, you might need to turn it down a bit. Although I doubt it would be full on, if it is a 10L tank filter :) I use, a filter or an airstone or nothing on my betta tanks, depends on what I have available at the time.

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Thank you thank you thank you. I just scanned the hpone book and found a specialist in Bexley NSW. Lovely lovely man - he said the same thing. Ok I'm now scanning for some fly screen wire. Think there's some in the garage. Funny thing is the bathroom is very warm and the african violets do really well in there. May be I can put another tank in there too! :goodo:

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He is such a sticky beak. Every time I sit at the computer he swims over and has a good look. Steph where on earth do you put eight tanks? Seeing they love warm rooms I'm thinking of putting one in the bathroom which is always pretty warm. Would this be an appropriate place?

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Bathrooms have spray deodorants, exit mould etc going on, so I'd say a big no to putting his tank in the bathroom. He will need a heater, or the temperature will fluctuate, and that makes bettas sick. The trouble with putting him in the tank before installing and testing the heater first is, it may get too hot. Small tanks heat quite fast. that was why I advised that you set the whole thing up for at least 24 hours, and use a thermometer to gauge if the heater is working ok, before adding the fish. When you add the heater, turn it doen very low to start with and increase by a "notch" per day until it is safely staying at around 28C. If the specialist at Bexley was Gavin, he is one of our members:- *Bexley Bettas*. Yay! I have 19 betta tanks (including spawning and growout tanks) and am adding more in the next week. As for where to put them, I have a fish room. That's why my tanks don't have to look pretty, they are not on display but are purely functional.

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:) Yay Snowflake! He is such a cutie. Love his colour. One of the great things about bettas is their "personality". They are very interactive fish, always happy to come up & say hi, and always checking out what is going on or what you are doing. They kind of remind me of dogs (in a funny way, always there being part of your doings). Congratulations. BTW - it is amazing how many suitable flat surfaces you kind find to house betta tanks on once you start really looking (and assessing for environmental suitability) ! You'll be hooked for sure now :)

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