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Betta and his 5 Gallon Tank
on September 24, 2013
Great beginners tank or perfect for a Betta. You receive everything needed to start a aquarium except the gravel, water and fish. Comes with food, water pump, filters, net, hood, light, water conditioners and water chlorine neutralizer. The thermometer did not work, but I like the thermometers that go into the tank, it will give a more accurate reading. Other people have complained about receiving there tanks broken. My tank was packed good. The thing I did not like the items packaged inside the tank, food, filters and such and not secure inside the tank. They do move around inside the tank. The light that comes with tank is "ok". I purchased a different bulb listed below. The GE lightbulb makes a very big difference and makes my Betta's colors really shine.
Receiving the tank I filled it with water, poured in the additives, and let it circulate for 24 hours and stabilize to room temperature. Then in went my fish. Be careful putting in a fish, do not just drop him in. He seems happy and living life as a happy fish. Every time I walk buy his tank or sit in my living room he always watches me and follows me. My bettas usually stays at the top of tank, they are top swimmers. I purchases live plants that grow and reach the top of the tank, he likes to lay in the leaves at the top of the tank, I have read it is normal for them to do that.
If you are setting up a tank, these are the things I have noticed for my fish and aquarium.
DO NOT buy gravel from wallmart. Even after rinsing the gravel, some of the gravel will float and my betta will try to eat it.
DO NOT buy the floating log top, it peels after about month, which cannot be good for your tank or betta.
DO set your your water pump to lowest possible setting, Bettas are not strong swimmers and like calm water.
Do buy your gravel at a pet store that cares about pets and fish. (PETSMART OR AMAZON)
Do buy an air pump with a Air Flow Control, and set it to the lowest possible setting with air bubbles. Betta like calm water, but the air pump will remove the film that will appear on the top of the tank and also oxygenate the water for the plants and betta (I know plants dont breath oxygen :-)).
This is what I purchase with my 5 gallon tank:
GE Lighting 89082 Energy Smart Spiral CFL 10-Watt (40-watt replacement)
2 PCS Non-return Check Valves for Aquarium Air Pump
ViaAqua 50-Watt Quartz Glass Submersible Heater with Built-In Thermostat
Marina Cool Air Pump
Jardin Aquaculture Air Flow Control 3-Way Lever Valve Pump for Aquarium
Marina 1-Inch Cylinder Air Stone, 4-Pack
Zoo Med Laboratories AZMBL20 Betta Hammock
Sea-Life Plants Live Lily Aquarium Bulbs
Sea-Life Plants Live Aponogeton Aquarium Bulbs
With everything, my fish has a happy home.