I want this betta

dkingston445
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There is the most beautiful betta fish at my local Petco that I reeaally want but I currently don't have the cycled aquarium for it. I have a 10 gallon aquarium with 2 guppies and 7 neon tetras which I am going to move all of into my 20 gallon aquarium (along with more fish) once it's cycled. My plan then is to remodel the 10 gallon and then have it as a betta tank. Should I buy the betta and keep it in the little container? or Do you think that the betta will still be at the store when my tanks are finished with cycling?? Thoughts??
 
Blueberrybetta
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Cycling takes a good month to fully establish beneficial bacteria in the media if not already seeded. I would not buy him just to keep him in there for a month.. when someone could give him a home the next day. I know he is very beautiful, but its not a good idea to keep him without a heater/filter for a whole month. Bettas are pretty popular , so I doubt he will be there after a couple weeks. Just have patience with your cycle and you might find a more beautiful betta somewhere when your tank is ready
 
Fishgirl6
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dkingston445 said:
There is the most beautiful betta fish at my local Petco that I reeaally want but I currently don't have the cycled aquarium for it. I have a 10 gallon aquarium with 2 guppies and 7 neon tetras which I am going to move all of into my 20 gallon aquarium (along with more fish) once it's cycled. My plan then is to remodel the 10 gallon and then have it as a betta tank. Should I buy the betta and keep it in the little container? or Do you think that the betta will still be at the store when my tanks are finished with cycling?? Thoughts??
Hello. That is a very beautiful Betta indeed! I was in the same situation that you are in a few months ago. At my local fish store, the Bettas go fast so I had to grab mine fast and this is what I did to home him until my tank was ready.
What I did wasI bought a small cheap plastic aquarium that was around 3 gallons. I know it seems small but for one month if you kept up with proper maintenance I'm sure he would be alright.
I then also bought a cheap heater that worked well to keep the take at a consistent temperature. Instead of buying a new thermometer, I switched out mine from the other tank every day.
I scooped out a couple of handfuls of gravel from my other tank, rinsed and then put it in the tank for the betta. Because I had no filter I did regular water changes. If you wanted you could buy a small hide for your Betta to make him feel more comfortable, but I assume he would be fine without.
The bonus of keeping him in his own tank for a while is that you also quarantine him.
I know this is not an ideal home for your Betta but because it is a short period of time, I think that it would work.
I am by no means a professional but this is what I did and it worked great. I recommend you do whatever you feel is the best for the Betta.
 
JB92668
that betta will be gone before your tank is ready it is show quality i can see why u want it u could get it but ask the shop for some extra aquarium water so u can put him in a bigger container till your tank is ready an ice cream container is better than the jar cheers john
 
Rose of Sharon
Member
I bought a very large, clear glass cookie jar to keep my fish in until the aquarium was cycled. There are all sorts of things that you can do if you really want him. Just make sure that you are doing very frequent water changes if you put him into a container that is not a cycled tank. And he will need a heater for sure! Add some Indian almond leaf, too!

He is pretty awesome!
 
fishjibun
Member
Fishgirl6 said:
...I then also bought a cheap heater that worked well to keep the take at a consistent temperature...
Which heater did you buy for the 3 gallon plastic tank? I need to quarantine a betta and thinking this is the best route for me to take. I am looking at a 3 gallon critter carrier type tank and am hoping to not melt the plastic? :/
 
sairving
Member
fishjibun said:
Which heater did you buy for the 3 gallon plastic tank? I need to quarantine a betta and thinking this is the best route for me to take. I am looking at a 3 gallon critter carrier type tank and am hoping to not melt the plastic? :/
I have a Topfin 20 watt preset Betta heater from Petsmart in my 3-gallon tank. My tank is glass though. It has kept the water stable at 78-80 degrees since I started using it. Not sure how it would work in a plastic tank.

It will be interesting to see if it can keep the water warm enough during winter.
 
ElysiumPlants
Member
Fishgirl6 said:
Hello. That is a very beautiful Betta indeed! I was in the same situation that you are in a few months ago. At my local fish store, the Bettas go fast so I had to grab mine fast and this is what I did to home him until my tank was ready.
What I did wasI bought a small cheap plastic aquarium that was around 3 gallons. I know it seems small but for one month if you kept up with proper maintenance I'm sure he would be alright.
I then also bought a cheap heater that worked well to keep the take at a consistent temperature. Instead of buying a new thermometer, I switched out mine from the other tank every day.
I scooped out a couple of handfuls of gravel from my other tank, rinsed and then put it in the tank for the betta. Because I had no filter I did regular water changes. If you wanted you could buy a small hide for your Betta to make him feel more comfortable, but I assume he would be fine without.
The bonus of keeping him in his own tank for a while is that you also quarantine him.
I know this is not an ideal home for your Betta but because it is a short period of time, I think that it would work.
I am by no means a professional but this is what I did and it worked great. I recommend you do whatever you feel is the best for the Betta.
Totally agree with this. I’d add that if the OP is fairly confident in their ability, a Betta would be a good choice for a fish-in cycling of the 10G. Just keep up with testing your parameters and doing water changes.
 
GingerV513
Member
Buy him ASAP before he’s gone!
 
Betta'sAnonymous
Member
sairving said:
I have a Topfin 20 watt preset Betta heater from Petsmart in my 3-gallon tank. My tank is glass though. It has kept the water stable at 78-80 degrees since I started using it. Not sure how it would work in a plastic tank.

It will be interesting to see if it can keep the water warm enough during winter.
I had one in a plastic 5 gallon, didn't do too bad at all for keeping temp. Did replace all my heaters in my betta tanks with 50 watt adjustable heaters though. Wanted to raise the temps a bit and also have that measure of control over their environment.
 
Fishgirl6
Member
fishjibun said:
Which heater did you buy for the 3 gallon plastic tank? I need to quarantine a betta and thinking this is the best route for me to take. I am looking at a 3 gallon critter carrier type tank and am hoping to not melt the plastic? :/
I used this little 3-gallon plastic tank that is in the photo below. I think that it was meant for carrying little critters. To be completely honest I don't know the brand or the name. I bought it off Amazon and it works just ok. If I was keeping my betta in that tank for more than a month I would invest in a better one. I bought it pretty cheap of amazon, but if you need it to come faster than you could go to the pet store and buy one that works for plastic tanks. It should say on the front or back packaging if it works for plastic. I also put some substrate in and if you want you can put a little hide for him as well.
Best of luck, I hope this helped!
 
Betta'sAnonymous
Member
Fishgirl6 said:
I used this little 3-gallon plastic tank that is in the photo below. I think that it was meant for carrying little critters. To be completely honest I don't know the brand or the name. I bought it off Amazon and it works just ok. If I was keeping my betta in that tank for more than a month I would invest in a better one. I bought it pretty cheap of amazon, but if you need it to come faster than you could go to the pet store and buy one that works for plastic tanks. It should say on the front or back packaging if it works for plastic. I also put some substrate in and if you want you can put a little hide for him as well.
Best of luck, I hope this helped!
I have thought often of having one of these containers around the house in case of an "emergency rescue" fish or something. May get one to keep in my truck at least since i always am looking out for a box turtle for my wife.
 
mattgirl
Member
If you really want get this little guy and want to keep him healthy get him and put him in your 10 gallon tank. One little fish in 10 gallons of water will fare much better than putting him in a small container and doing daily water changes in it while waiting for the 10 gallon to cycle. Doing a fish in cycle with one little fish is totally doable as long as you keep and eye on the parameters and do water changes as necessary.

To be perfectly honest I've never understood the reasoning behind keeping a fish in a small container when there is a much bigger home waiting for him. Why not just keep up with water changes in the bigger tank instead of doing them daily in the small one. Things can go bad much quicker in the smaller container.
 

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