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Last night, I got a male Betta fish. I also got a Betta fish bowl (around 1.5 ga...

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Question: 
Last night, I got a male Betta fish. I also got a Betta fish bowl (around 1.5 gallons) the water is pretty cold, and all he does is lay around in the water. He isn't dead, but he acts like he could go at any time now. Should we get a heater?
Answer: 

Bettas prefer warm water (76-82 degrees F), and you may need a small aquarium heater to keep the water above 70 degrees in the winter for their health.

Comments

23 Jan 2011 5:13 pm

BeavisMom62 said:

It is pretty hard to find a heater for such a small bowl. Being from Thailand, bettas are tropical fish requiring warm water. Bettas should actually be kept in a filtered, cycled and heated tank. I have two bettas, one in a 10 gal tank by himself and the other in a 23 gal tank with four african dwarf frogs and a bristlenose pleco. I keep their temp at 80. Five gal is really the smallest tank that a betta should be kept in. They need room to move (don't believe that "they live in mud puddles" myth) and its easier to keep your water quality high. You need to test your water weekly to be sure you don't have high levels of ammonia, nitrite or nitrate in the water and be sure to do at least weekly water changes. Much more often if you insist on keeping him in a tiny bowl.

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