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smallest cheapest heater... $6 max on [Ebay Link Removed] search 25w adjustable. it does ship from asia so it'll take a while.

it's a good size and holds a steady temp. despite the voltage dif it works perfectly and this fact has been confirmed by myself and a few others....

so if you dont want to wait 3 weeks... there's hagen elite from amazon. also a 25w with an adjustable knob. around $12 + shipping

basically any 25w adjustable heater will be fine.

Also, i highly recommend lowering the current water level or make a lid for that bowl. bettas jump...
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My bettas seem to be ok at 72, but there is a heater made for betta bowls here http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...uctId=12315584 they seem expensive for what they are but still cheaper than $30. You could probably find one cheaper online, but if its too big it will crowd the tank.

As for the snails I can almost guarantee he ate them and will eat any you add, unless they are big. You may have to buy a bigger species of snail. Like I said before, Im surprised at some of the bigger ones mine has eaten.
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Ok good to know, I took the water down a bit more.

Thanks for the recommendation on the heater as well, I like that 8 wt betta heater for 11$. If your keeping them at room temperature as well though I'm kinda still on the fence if its must have...

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Bettas can be kept at room temp. Plus I'm sure the light over the bowl heats him up a bit while its on. Just don't let it get too cold
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i dont agree. the healtgier and more active bettas are kept at 78-82F

I suggested a 25w adjustable heater because i've used these to heat anywhere between 0.3gallons to 5 gallons...sometimes the small preset ones are unreliable
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+1 on the need for an adjustable heater. Exposure to temps under 76 can really do number on a betta's immune system. Then you get stuck battling illness, or their lifespan is greatly reduced.

If you go with a preset heater, give it a 24 hour test outside the tank. Many just won't keep the temperature stable, and some will overheat the water.
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Ok, I'm going to order a heater today, he will have to make due till it arrives.

What is the consensus 76 degrees? 78?

Can anyone else weigh in on snails or my lighting times?

Thanks everyone you have all been most helpful!

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Cant comment on the temp as i dont keep bettas.

Light schedule seems good but it differs from tank to tank, just keep an eye on the tank for algae and adjust if needed.

The snail eggs probably got eaten but who knows, i like snails in my tank but with a small bowl like that you dont need too many, personally i would look for a nerite snail the come in some cool colors and patterns and cant reproduce in fresh water.
Last thing is regardless of what type sword you have it will eventually get to big for your bowl, but nothing says you cant keep it for know and remove it for something else down the road when it out grows your tank, or maybe move it to your 20 once you get that running.

Good luck with the addiction lol

Heres a pic of a few different types of nerites, this pic is not mine.

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pretty nerites~
But I would actually just recommend regular, "pest" snails. you will need to spplement the nerite with blanched veggies and i'm not sure if decomposing veggies is some thing you want in a 1 gallon.
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Last thing is regardless of what type sword you have it will eventually get to big for your bowl, but nothing says you cant keep it for know and remove it for something else down the road when it out grows your tank, or maybe move it to your 20 once you get that running.

Good luck with the addiction lol
i was thinking about growing it out for the time being and moving it down the road, the addiction is setting back in quickly and am planning a third tank before the second even has water, its sick


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pretty nerites~
But I would actually just recommend regular, "pest" snails. you will need to spplement the nerite with blanched veggies and i'm not sure if decomposing veggies is some thing you want in a 1 gallon.
thanks for all the effort in the replies, you have been very helpful, i think i will pick up a few of the larger pest snails on the way home tonight, if my betta is in fact eating the eggs the they shouldnt over run things to quick. if so i dont mind manually removing em!
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Found some "pest" snails on the way home a dozen for a dollar.

The best dollar I spent so far, they are kinda fun to watch just so their thing.

The betta did take a couple of snips at a few of them but they are fine so far and he's kinda mellowed out. If he does eat them oh well!

The clarity still hasn't returned to what it was before I moved the plants. Now I'm trying to just let everything sit where it is and root.

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a dozen oO that's a lot of snails for a tank that's just planted~
if you cant test the water I'd recommend changing out the water often until you see active growth on your plants. the plants will need time to adjust and settle and won't take care of the water quality property until they do ^_^
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yup, indeed, i hear you

they are super tiny snails too though

ive been doing 20% wc every 2 days just based on the ammount that the betta has been eating untill i build up a good ammount of BB

i felt like ive been changing the water almost too much, if there is such a thing

****i will say there is a lot for the snails to eat due to the crypts having a good coating of algae on them from when i "rescued" the from pet land****

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most recent shot from tonight



clarity has improved since the moving of the crypts and planting of dhg

replaced the desk lamp with a shop light and stand i had laying around

temps have been 73-74ish with no heater

still shopping a cheap heater, but want the 25 not 50 wt model, if i cant find it local ill order

how many betta pellets should this guy be eating, he will eat a dozen plus if you let him?

he has eaten a few snails but thats cool too!

plant wise the crypts have done the best, ive trimmed some of the damaged leaves and each one has sprouted one new leaf each and one has 2

the snails have also cleaned the crypts of all the gunk that was on them at purchase

looking back at past shots, you can see they have really stood up

the anubias and swords look healthy but no noticeable growth

dhg still too soon to tell, i hope that takes off more then any of the others

ive done a few tiny wc's and sucked up some of the excessive snail waste

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thats a nice betta bowl
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