Betta tank for son

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I posted earlier about this. I said my wife wanted to get my step son a betta.

we got the tank today. I bought a 10 gallon sponge filter. The tank is about 8 gallos.I got an a 100 watt adjustable heater.

maybe I’m going overboard.

the tank unfortunately is a blacklight tank, and unfortunately my wife is going to get her son a glo betta. At least we will be giving a special glo betta a good home.

I am concerned that we are using glo fake plants and the betta’s fins will get hurt.

we have one live plant.

I can only do so much.

I will not use the HOB filter.
 

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Yea the plastic plants won’t be great. Just make sure there is enough swimming room so he doesn’t get hung up. 10 gallons is a nice size tank for him though!
 

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Try to buy silk fake plants , ones that don't have ridges or edges on the leaves as it can catch a Bettas fin, tearing it and therefore being able to cause fin rot/fungus if the water isn't clean.

Crowntail Bettas are more prone to getting their tails caught btw
 
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I will do water changes each week with my main tank
 

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Why not a regular betta? The globettas look best IMO in a glowfish tank. I don't think that they make silk glo plants.
 
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It is a glo tank. That is what I meant by blacklight tank
 
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I will love this fish as best I can. I know my son isn’t capable
 

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So you will be cleaning, doing water changes, feeding etc? How old is your son? Do you think you could teach him?
 
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I will probably be doing everything...we are gong to try and teach him to feed the fish
 

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He doesn't know how to feed fish!? That is very easy unless he is like 4 or 5.
 
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He is 11, but he is autistic and developmentally disabled
 

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Plastic plants are perfectly fine! :shame: You just want to double check that the plants aren’t sharp. You can run your hands over as a preliminary check in the store, but always double check by running some pantyhose over them. If the pantyhose snags/rips, it’s too sharp for the fins :)
 
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I’m putting a sponge filter from my main tank in with the 10 gallon sponge filter.

how much ammonia should I put in?

thanks!!
 

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Nikao said:
I’m putting a sponge filter from my main tank in with the 10 gallon sponge filter.

how much ammonia should I put in?

thanks!!
Is it cycled? If it's cycled from your other tank then there is no need to add ammonia.
 
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I thought that putting in the other sponge filter would instantly cycle the tank. I just didn’t know how to seed the new filter
 

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I thought that putting in the other sponge filter would instantly cycle the tank. I just didn’t know how to seed the new filter
You could use the old cycled media. It's enough, you'll get more BB with time. At least, the sponge should be able to remove ammonia and nitrites.
 
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It is actually a 5 gallon tank. I’m using a smaller heater now. But, still the ten gallon filter. Ugh
 

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