Originally Posted by Christi
I'm setting up one, maybe 2, 10 gallon tanks. All I have are the actual aquariums and some gravel. What else do I need and what brands, etc are best?
I would also recommend getting:
* Hood (to contain your fish and keep them inside the tank)
* Lighting (flourescent is recommended, especially if you have live plants)
* Filtration System (filter & pump)
I would recommend the Eclipse 1 hood by Marineland, which comes with a built-in flourescent light, bio-filter & pump. I just ordered one from Petco for a total of $58.84 (includes sales tax - free shipping and $10 off or 15% off coupons can be found during checkout - expires soon though)
* Thermometer (as low as $1-3 from most Pet chain stores). You should always keep an eye out on the water temperature. Different fish require different temps. to survive. You'll want to study about the fish before buying it and determine whether it's suitable for a community tank, not only compatibility-wise, but also on the temp. factor, care & maintenance.
* Heater (depending on your climate - keep an eye out on the thermometer to determine whether you need a heater)
* Water Conditioner (removes contaminants to fish from tap water) Some people don't use conditioners with a filtered tank, but I always do, just as a precautionary measure.
* Water Test Kit (or you can take a sample of your water to a pet store and they'll usually test it for free). PetsMart has an all-in-one test kit for $9.99, if you buy it online.
* Siphon & 2 Buckets (for doing 20% bi-monthly water changes)
* Algae Scrubber (for cleaning the inside walls of the tank)
* Plants (artificial or live)
* Decoration (caves are great, as most fish need a place to hide and a way to block light). Your decorations should really depend on which fish you get. Some require specific types of deco, so it's always best to study about the fish before buying it and make sure you can accommodate it.
* Net (in the event you need to move your fish from the tank)
Also, it's always good to have a small "sick tank" available. If one of your fish is sick, it can be transferred to the sick tank until it's well enough to move back to the community tank. This will avoid the sick fish from contaminating your community tank if it's sickness is discovered in time.
As far as fish, are you wanting to move your new Betta fish to one of the 10 gal. community tanks? If so, although you are limited on choices, there are quite a few playmates that are consided to be compatible with a male Betta.