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ok fishy peeps (Allie??)*updated with pics and video*

I just went out today and bought myself a new fishy tank (1.5 gallon) and a lovely beta fish (she's in a bowl right now while I give the tank time to settle)

I have 2 questions though (1 is about the filter) It's an in tank filter...here is what it looks like:


1) The little black "lid" at the top of the filter keeps popping up and down, there are a bunch of little bubbles back there, is that supposed to happen?

2) Do I not have enough water in the tank? Is that what is causing the bubbles?
 

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Air bubbles in a new tank is normal. That happened to all of mine and the 30 new tanks that have just been installed at my work.

Is that a hang on the back filter? check with the instructions (they are all different), but every HOTB filter I have used must be completely submerged.

Really you should let the tank cycle properly first before adding the fish. There are different ways you can do it, but I did a fishless cycle with my tanks by putting a sponge from a mature filter into my new filter/s and letting in run for a couple of weeks.

And I know that Fighters can live in unheated water, but IMO they do best with a heater.
 

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I usually submerge my in-tank filters. I think that might be what is causing the bubbles.

You need to change the water partially pretty frequently at first while the tank cycles. I don't think you'll need a heater but I wouldn't let the water temp drop below 65.
 

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The instructions said not to submerge it, that the "spillway" should be just above the water line. I just poured some water directly into the filter to see if that will help. The lid isn't popping anymore, but there are still quite a few bubbles.


Haha Justine!!
It's a female beta. They didn't have any fun colorful ones. She is white/pinkish with bright red fins and up near her face she has some purple. My friend says I should name her Tequila since her fins reminded her of a tequila sunrise (lol)

No fake seaweed...I probably should get a plant or something though.
 

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Sooooo I went to buy a fun cave today, but the pet store in the mall didn't have much. I got a plant though!

Pictures to come soon ;)
 

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Real or fake plant? ;)

The best thing to do is find a dedicated aquatics store for fishy related stuff. Their product selection/knowledge is usually far better than those of normal pet stores.
 

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It's fake, but I got a silky one not plastic. :)

Now my issue is, I think the current from the filter is too strong for the poor fishy :( Maybe I'm just paranoid lol
 

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Bettas don't like a lot of current flow. Well, my last one didn't, anyway.

I don't know about your filter, but on my ones you can adjust the speed of the flow.
 

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Thanks Rosie :)

I thought about it, I didn't know that female betas could be kept together. The man at Petsmart also suggested an african dwarf frog to put in the tank. We'll see how this one goes for now.
 
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