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  1. #1

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    Hi,

    I want to learn more about aquariums and fishes so I've started with the most basic stuff: a fish and a bowl :)
    I'm documenting all my experiences in the aquatic field and I'd love to get some feedback.

    Did I do all right with the setup?
    Should I have put the sand before the water?
    Why does the bowl look dirty? (in the image)

    Can you tell me if I did anything wrong in the first part (installment)?


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    yep. you did quite a bit wrong...

    WAY to small a container (need min 5g)
    No heater
    No filter

    Best way to compare this.... try living in a mini cooper, in the winter, not running, with the windows closed... now live your life like that.

    Many fish stores sell these bowls and fish without saying that it isn't really proper to keep them like that. Bettas are tropical fish, thus need heated water


    Other than that, cleaning the sand and the roots of the plant were done well / correctly. Probably do the sand, then fill the tank to prevent cloudiness

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    Agreed - you can grab a 5.5 gallon standard tank, a small heater for about the same and at least a internal filter for about $25 and it would be many orders of magnitude better environment for the fish to live in.
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    Best way to compare this.... try living in a mini cooper, in the winter, not running, with the windows closed... now live your life like that.
    All of that, while swimming in your own waste, too
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    I have thought of one good use for a "fishbowl" a temp container to slowly acclimate a fish to a tank.
    Last edited by FrozenTundra; 02-12-2014 at 03:11 PM.
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    How do you acclimate a wish?...lol...we use our "fishbowl" for loose change
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    I don't know what you are talking about /whistles
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    Quote Originally Posted by FrozenTundra View Post
    I don't know what you are talking about /whistles
    HA...I should have waited until your edit cut-off time rolled around

    Back to the OP's original thread...vaidab, we are not here to chastise you, but most of us here cringe when we see the "betta cups' at pet stores, and keepinig a betta in a tiny bowl is not much better than those cups...here is some great info on keeping and raising bettas properly: http://bettacare101.com/mythvsreality/
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    If you get an actual aquarium, go for the biggest you have room for and the biggest you can afford. For the betta, like the others said, 5 gallon minimum. Sometimes you can do tankmates with bettas. For that, I would suggest a 10 gallon and a school of peaceful tetras. Does anyone know if there is a place in the forum to inform on like acclimating and introducing knew fish? Make sure you go to the beginners corner and check out the tank cycling thread. This may all seem like a lot at first and be a bit overwhelming, but once you know what you're doing it becomes much easier.

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    Until you can get a bigger tank (which are not that hard to upkeep, really) you NEED to change the water at LEAST once a day. Make sure it is dechlorinated water - usually you have to add a water conditioner. The live plant was a really good idea, and it will help, but not enough.

    Otherwise he's swimming in, and breathing in, pee.

    If you are set on having a single betta, a 5g tank is the best. Once you see how active they can be in a bigger tank, you will know that betta cups are cruel. Fortunately, some bettas can tolerate tank mates like snails, shrimp, or a dwarf frog if there is a big enough tank.
    20 gallon with a male betta, neons, glowlights, and red cherry shrimp. (work in progess) Recently added a few LIVE plants and driftwood, Woooohoooo!

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