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Now slowly plant some real plants in the back over time like java ferns and it would look amazing. I love your design. Do you have a heater? If you live somewhere cold you’ll want to get your buddy one of those before the winter comes. [link]
I have this one in both my tanks and I like the way it works. If you need any help or advice I’m here. I’m still learning myself but I can try to answer.
What other fish are you putting at risk to keep him in the DT?
Edit: ALso the medication you'll need should not be dosed in DT anyway. You could get a cheap heater (i use them in all my QTs - they have them on amazon but they also have them at WalMart for just as cheap)
I have used the Tetra Submersible Heater for 9 months now, it has been very effective for my 10 gallon. It probably would work on a 5 gallon. [link]
Preset Tetra 50W from Walmart worked well for me, have several of them, only one eventually slowly died, heating water less and less and was replaced. Any 50W heater will work, if you need 80F, them use adjustable heater. But last 3 I bought (Jager and two Theos) has too high temperature on lowest settings, if this happens for you too, either deal with replacement or get external temperature controller like Inkbird, $33 -45 or so.
Practically any heater brand is available in 50W.
What the fuck are you talking about
link to the heater [link]
I just want some heat on the land area of the tank.
And im new to this site because this yahooanswers is fucking garbage
Does this look like it's the same thing? It's 50 watt but it says HT10 whereas your link didn't, and this one says 2-10 gal instead of 2-15, but does it seem like itd work about the same?
This tends to work fine for me for my 10g.
On second thought, the reviews are VERY mixed, use with caution, I have had good results with it, others have had it fail to hold the proper temp, others have had it increase water to 102*
So uh.... Proceed with caution.
Ill add a 50 W heater instead.
Would it still be adviced to get the Eheim or would a Tetra HT suffice?.
> Usually you want 10 times your gallon per hour in flow rate.
Ok, so an Aquaclear Power Filter 30, would be better suited than the 20 I have on my cart. Ill look into that.
When choosing a heater are there ones for different filter sizes? Looking on amazon I'm having a hard time telling.
Edit: Found this one. I see that it is a consistent 79 degrees F. Would this be alright?
Also, would it be safe to keep to mollys together in this tank? If not what can I put in the tank with a molly? Also, i read somewhere (sorry I can't provide source) that shrimp and snails help eat the food the fish don't get? Would it be a good idea to get one or no?
Okay, I think Ill just get a sponge filter after reading /u/Wereflea's response. So just to make sure this filter wouldn't be good?
So petsmsrt sells these 5 gallon kits for $30, (There's also a 10 gallon kit for $30, but my store doesn't usually have them). They have everything except a heater and substrate, but I've heard you can buy pool filter sand to use as substrate, which would be cheaper, and there are some heaters on Amazon you could get. I put some links and a total cost (other than substrate) below, and it comes out to about $90.
5 gallon: [link]
Thermometer: [link] [link]
30×2 + 11×2 + 3.50×2 = $89
There’s a tetra brand heater on amazon for $6.99. It’s the same one I have and it works very well
Edit: I just realized somebody else linked the same one
Same! I have the perfect heater for you. [link]
Aww this sounds like so much fun for your kids! My parents weren't into animals either but then they had me XD and I'm so glad they did their best to indulge my love for animals.
I agree with the others that 5 gallon tanks are going to be less stable than a 10+ gallon, but I don't think a 5 gallon be the end of the world if you trust yourself to stay on top of regular water changes. Especially if you don't overstock the tank (put in too many fish or snails), I think it will be okay. I think the biggest risk is in unexpected occurrences, like if the electricity goes out. A small tank will cool faster than a large one. But we're not talking about super expensive, long-lived prized possessions in this case. Though I will say, the other benefit of getting a larger tank, such as a 10 gallon, is that if your kids ever get tired of fish and want a hamster or gerbils or something, you can keep them in a 10 gal too!
I think bettas are great for kids! They're pretty, expressive, and fun to watch. But it's true that per tank, you'd probably be limited to one betta plus one or two snails, and that's perhaps not as fun. I think guppies are a great suggestion. Tetras are also easy to care for and can be kept in a group, but stay away from the glofish if you can--they're not as healthy as the others.
In terms of what to get to start you off, I'd recommend something like this:
I'm sure I forgot something somewhere.
Since some of those things can be shared between the kids, so for both kids my estimate is that you'll need $261 dollars total. So great job pulling that number out of thin air! :D
In terms of resources, I recommend youtube. Girl Talks Fish, KG Tropicals, Aquarium Co-op both make great videos for all levels of fish keepers.
Another suggestion to keep your kids involved in the process and having fun: every once in a while, head to the fish store and buy some live food, like black worms or baby brine shrimp. The fish tend to go crazy for those things and it's fun for your kids to give their fishies a treat. :)
Lastly I'll just say--if the fish die, don't feel bad. You didn't necessarily do anything wrong. Fish can get sick just like people. Plus it turns out keeping aquatic creatures alive is really hard for us land animals! What they need isn't always intuitive to us, and it takes some time to get a hang of it. This hobby is half science and half art.
I think your kids are going to be super excited! I'm excited for them. And I guess I got really into answering this question!
I have used the following two heaters for several of my 5-10 gallon Betta tanks, and both have worked very well for a few years. I have more expensive heaters on our larger SW and FW tanks (75, 150 gallons with Fluval E series, Hydor, Cobalt), but these inexpensive ones have been great for the little tanks. :)
My first choice: Tetra HT Submersible Aquarium Heater With Electronic Thermostat
My second choice: Marina Submersible Heater for Aquarium, Mini
Hope one of these might work for you!
All filters (for a 10 gallon) in my experience pretty much work the same, they rarely break or stop working, I would just get the one with the best reviews.
Here is a heater I have had in the past, It also has good reviews on Amazon: https://www.amazon.ca/Tetra-26447-Submersible-Aquarium-Heater/dp/B000OQO69Q/ref=sr_1_12?crid=25Q42E9YO8TUR&dchild=1&keywords=fish+heater&qid=1592026630&sprefix=fish+hea%2Caps%2C186&sr=8-12
If you are new to fish keeping and just want a few plants you can just use normal gravel from the pet store. If you want to do aqua scaping stuff maybe ask on the aquascape sub. What do you mean by how does lighting work?
He really needs a filter, you can probably find a tiny sponge filter which all it requires to run is an air pump (which you have) and it can still make bubbles for him! Bettas like jungles, I suggested live plants because they help with the water quality. You need to fish-in cycle the tank, the airstone is okay but you really need a filter to circulate the water through. When the tank is cycled the filter will have enough beneficial bacteria to convert ammonia created by fish into nitrite (also toxic) then into a safer chemical nitrate which is less toxic in larger quantities but we want to keep it below 20.
Tetra HT Submersible Aquarium Heater With Electronic Thermostat [link]
Marina Submersible Heater for Aquarium, Mini, 25-watt [link]
Hydor 25W Submersible Glass Aquarium Heater - Original Theo [link]
Maybe this filter would fit? It shows dimensions but idk what your tank is like - it would go in the corner -
SLSON Aquarium Sponge Filter Corner Filter Biochemical Cotton Fine Filtering for Fish Tank up to 21 Gallons [link]
This is also super important-
API Freshwater Master Test Kit 800-Test Freshwater Aquarium Water master Test Kit [link]
Heres a link to prime:
Seachem Prime Fresh and Saltwater Conditioner - Chemical Remover and Detoxifier 100 ml [link]
Forgot, this one is really nice as a backup too. Looks much better with the titanium grey and green light.
The preset heater says 78 it think? I have about 7 gallons in the tank.
When i first put it in he spent alot of time near it so i thought he was enjoying it. Now hes staying the farthest point from it. Idk if its the heater.
Usually just kept him in open bowl or something and changed water. Now i have a filter system too. Idk if thats the problem though.
I have a feeding square but it doesnt seem like he notices unless the falls down to him.
I just noticed the bahvior today, so i really cant say much else.
Tetra heater, preset to 78F. I have several of them, from 50W to 200W, no problems. Not too good looking, but they do the job and are the cheapest.
Personally i don't like kits because the parts tend to be low quality. You could get a simple 5 gallon tank this heater this thermostat and this filter
I got a simple heater that's not adjustable but maintains the water at 78° F, and got these tablets.
I found some Q&A on Tetra's web site about the medication which answered my previous questions. I'm supposed to use one tablet for every ten gallons of water (easy; the tank is a ten gallon tank), every 24 hours, for one week OR whenever the spots have gone away. Apparently the ich parasite has a one week lifespan so if it doesn't go away after a week then there are bigger issues afoot.
Based on that information and other information I've gotten from the internet, on Wednesday evening I replaced about 40% of the water with fresh tap water, along with a dose of tap water conditioner. I pulled the filter out, sliced it open, removed the carbon/zeolyte, and put the filter back in. (There's no sponge in there, only the filter element.) I used a gravel vacuum to clear out some of the more obvious debris at the bottom of the tank. After allowing the water to clean and circulate for about a half hour, I installed the heater and dropped in a tablet which took about 10 minutes to dissolve.
Last night I did the same thing, only I didn't have to remove the carbon/zeolyte from the filter element.
As of this morning the fish are happily zooming around the aquarium and many of the spots have already disappeared.
I was thinking to buy this one? Is this one good or yours better?
Thank you for the reply!
checking out /r/bettafish is a good first stop. Like other people have mentioned, petco is having a dollar per gallon sale at the moment so you could easily get a 10 gallon set up for him for pretty cheap.
Right now the best thing for that poor fish will be a larger bowl and a heater. There is this heater that many have used and is only about 12$ on amazon.
Any new tank will have to cycle so a filter wont help too much and if your short on money, can take a back seat. Most any hang on the back filter will have too strong of a flow for a betta so if you were looking to get a filter, a sponge filter+ a small airpump would be best.
I wish you luck! and feel free to pm any questions.
This heater is super cheap and really small and works great in my betta tank.
Tetra 26447 Submersible Aquarium Heater, 50-Watt [link]
A betta would be so happy in a 10 g tank
I have a 30 and a 10. Both have this kind, appropriate for the size : Tetra 26447 Submersible Aquarium Heater, 50-Watt [link]
ah. do you think this one is a good replacement ?
what do you think about this one?
Moving tanks is easy if you have a plan, and lots of buckets/totes and water.
There is lots of advice out there, you should probably just read all of it and decide what seems best for you:
With 3 tanks it might require more home depot buckets than I needed, but it's always helpful to have more FISH ONLY (with label) buckets.
Some cheap heaters and a multi-stone air stone pump will turn the buckets into stable mini tanks, and you can get the livestock out of the tanks and into buckets with clean tank water with a bit of new water, then they will be fine while you disassemble the tank. Since you probably aren't going far you should be okay without running the heat/air while in transit, but having buckets with life support in them means you won't need to worry about fishes while you are doing tear down/setup.
Put some water in totes, or whatever it seems will work best to hold the various live rock formations. Put rock without corals on the bottom, maybe get a blue LED flashlight because it will make finding corals easier when it comes to put the rocks back together if you have soft corals / mushrooms that will probably retract while in transit. You should probably "piss off" corals like acans/euphyllia with by swishing in the water or gentle powerhead blasts, so that when you pull them out of the water they aren't so full of water that it damages the flesh from the weight of the tentacles/etc. Definitely submerge any super valuable corals, but most corals can deal with being out of the water for short periods of time, especially if you put some paper towels over them and occasionally pour some saltwater over top.
Make a bunch of water, then make some more! Maximum heaters in your saltwater mixing bucket! Getting enough warm saltwater water to fill the system again was the main reason we didn't finish the "move" until about 4am, after starting around 6pm.
Run fresh carbon once you get it running again to help get rid of stress toxins released during the move.
I feel like I post about this all the time, but I like it a lot.
What do you think about it?
10 Gallons are generally 15 dollars or so at pet stores.
Airpump(powers the sponge filter and helps with oxygen)
15 for the tank plus 30(rounded up a few dollars) for this stuff puts you at 45 dollars. If you were able to give a dollar a day towards your fish you could have a nice, but basic tank set up and give Phoebe a comfortable home in less than 2 months! You would still need to keep up with extra water changes for a while because ammonia/nitrite will be high since it's not cycled.
This tank will give you room for a few more fish, maybe some pygmy cories (literally the cutest thing you will ever see) or something like that down the road.
Best of luck to you and your fish!
"I feel like my heater struggles to keep up"
Why don't you buy one off amazon? A heater that struggles to keep up.. i'm not sure what is supposed to even imply.