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Light For Betta Tank

September 10th, 2006, 01:17 PM
So I have had my Betta (Atom) for about 4 weeks now. Until yesterday I was unable to find the proper light that went with the tank that I bought. It is one of those prepakaged tank with all the gear but it did not have the light (optional). Anyways, should I leave the light on 24 hours or turn it off during the day of at night when I go to bed? There is no heater in the tank and the packaging for the light said that it was a good source for heat so I am thinking I should leave it on 24/7.


September 10th, 2006, 01:30 PM
Can you put the tank in a place where it won't get cold at night??

If you leave the light on all the time, you will likely get algae.

September 10th, 2006, 01:57 PM
Right now there really isn't anywhere to put him for constant warmth at night. We do not have the heat turned on as it is still quite warm here in Victoria, but not warm enough to keep the tank at a good temperature. should I maybe buy a small heater for the tank?


September 10th, 2006, 03:04 PM
yeah, I'd suggest that for sure. How big is the tank? You can heat a 5 g with a small heater (25 watt) nicely. If it is smaller than that, it gets harder to heat.
Thanks for being so good to your betta :thumbs up They really do have sad lives in those little cups.

September 10th, 2006, 03:59 PM
Unfortunately it is smaller then 5g right now. I will admit that it is too small and I plan to get a bigger one soon because I do want to get more fish. It is way better than what he was in when I bought him though. This is my first time owning a fish and I didn't want to go too big with the tank and supplies until I knew that it was for sure something I would enjoy to have and take care of. I know that the bigger I go and more fish I have the more complicated it will get and a bit more work, but I feel like I would really enjoy them.


September 10th, 2006, 04:37 PM
It's fun but addictive. Now I have a 5 gallon (2 killifish), a 10 gallon (betta and friends) and a 46 gallon community, all planted. My husband just sighs. There is an empty 15g in the garage that he is doing his best to keep out there :evil: hehe.
Bettas are ok in smaller tanks, but they do best in heated ones. Actually, the bigger the tank, the easier it is, really... the water is more stable, you don't have to change it out so often (easier to keep clean) as long as you don't overcrowd it. I'm sure that your betta will be happy with whatever you choose. Mine always have enjoyed having other fish in the tank but I've heard some are territorial and don't like company. They have big personalities!
Sadly I lost all of mine to some disease two weeks ago. Just picked up a new guy yesterday- a black devil crowntail- I'm so nervous that he'll die on me but so far so good!

September 11th, 2006, 09:27 AM
Do you think that I should leave the light on until the heat in the house starts to get turned on? Will this affect his ability to rest(sleep)?

September 11th, 2006, 03:42 PM
Do not leave the light on 24/7.
Fish, just like humans, need a dark period to rest
and recuperate (brain cells only grow at night when we
are sleeping, same with fish and all other animals).
Fish should have at the most, no more than 16 hours a day
of light.
Seeings how darn warm it has been lately, I honestly dont
think you will have any problems.
Bettas are hardy from temps of 72F-90F, so will be just fine
without the light on.
Id suggest picking up a small heater for warmth, if you feel it
is needed, they have 25 watt heaters for tanks 1-5g.