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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-15-2008, 10:56 PM Thread Starter
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tankmates in non-filtered bowls

Hello Everyone,
I'm becoming addicted to my betta fish; I'm constantly trying to redecorate his bowl with ornaments.
When I bought the bowl I figured I'd keep it at just a single betta but now I really want to add something else in there so my question is:

1) Is it ok to add another fish in with the betta I have now or is a 2.5 gallon bowl designed to house only a single betta?

2) If it's ok to add fish, what types of fish can survive in a bowl without a filter?

Its looking like I'm going to be upgrading to a full-out aquarium soon. It is addictive.

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-15-2008, 11:50 PM
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2.5 gallons is already kind cramped with a beta, id just stick with just him in there.
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post #3 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-16-2008, 12:27 AM
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2.5 gallons is about the lower limit for one betta. I don't think you can add anymore fish. However, you could maybe try adding a couple of ghost shrimp. They're pretty good at cleaning up waste. The betta may or may not try to eat the shrimp, but they're only about $0.25 each, so you could just think of it as a special gourmet snack if he does eat them.
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ghost shrimp will eat the leftover food but they will also create thier own waste, combined with the bettas waste in an unfiltered bowl is just asking for a mess.
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also the bettas will eat the ghost shrimp
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post #6 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-16-2008, 05:25 AM
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Can you get a mini-filter for the tank? I like the whisper variety.

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post #7 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-16-2008, 07:44 AM
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You could purchase a ten gal. for approx. 10 bucks and a small sponge filter. this would give you a few options.
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post #8 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-16-2008, 11:11 AM
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yea with the 2.5 gall i guess you could add a small mystery snail. that would always make things a little nice but yea if u want more for ur betta u need a tank upgrade
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No snail unless there's a filter. Snails poo a LOT

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post #10 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-16-2008, 04:42 PM
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oh lol i have a snail in my unflitered tank
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