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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-03-2013, 10:54 PM Thread Starter
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Hello, my name is Brittany. I'm newer to the world of betta keeping and hope to continue my education on how to properly care for the betta I bought as a sympathy purchase (shame on me) from Walmart. My fiancÚ and I decided to name him Junior because I was naturally calling him that when I was carrying him around the store. Junior currently lives in an Aqueon Mini Bow 2.5 with the filter that came with the tank, a heater, and the decorations I bought at Pet Supplies Plus today. He seems very active and happy in this setup, however, I intend to put my 10 gallon tank to use in the future once I have the money for dividers (I think it would look silly having a single betta in such a large tank) and extra decorations.

I've done a fair amount of research about housing a betta, but there seems to be a lot of conflict when it comes to the minimum size tank that a betta should be put in. One side says that a betta should be fine in a 2.5 gallon while the other says that a 2.5 gallon is cruel just like the little cups that they come in and that a 5 gallon is the absolute minimum. It's these complications that confuse me. Am I being cruel by keeping my betta in a 2.5 gallon? I do a 100% water change once a week (on Sundays) to help keep the tank clean and the temperature is kept at a constant 82░F, if that's of any importance.
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-04-2013, 07:46 AM
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2.5 gallons is perfectly fine for a betta IMO. All of my betta tanks are either 2.5 gal. mini bows or 5 gal. Is 5 gallons better? Sure but when you have multiple tanks taking over the house, space can become an issue. The 2.5 mini-bows are fully cycled so that's the smallest that I would go personally.

A lot of folks have them in less than 2.5 but the water has to be changed out more frequently.

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IMO, it depends on the Betta. I have males in 10g, 5g, 5.5g & 2.5g tanks. I swapped two around because the one that was in the 2.5g was super active & the one in the 5.5g seemed to only swim in a certain area. They both appear very happy with their new accommodations. My 2.5g is unfiltered so I do 2 50%+ water changes per week with a 100% every 2-3 wks. I also have a sorority of 10 females in a 46g tank. Tank size also depends on what you're willing & able to care for.
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-05-2013, 09:59 PM Thread Starter
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Junior has shown that he likes the Aqueon Mini Bow 2.5 with how active he continues to be, so I'm not too concerned about the tank size anymore. I just wanted someone to reassure me that I wasn't being cruel to Junior because that's the last thing my fiancÚ and I want. Junior is like our first child and we want to take good care of him.

I personally feel that the minimum should be 2.5 gallons as the 1 gallons I've seen appear to have little room for the fish to swim, especially when there are decorations inside the tank. A 2.5 gallon is spacious enough for a betta and decorations, good for when you're low on space in your home, and sold at a decent price. Of course, bigger is always better, but not everyone can afford to have a 5 gallon or fit it where they live.

I have another question, but this time it's about the 10 gallon tank. The tank was a gift to me from an old friend who no longer had a use for it. She brought it to me with several water stains that I couldn't get out with a rag and water. I know it's not wise to use soap in the tank, so I'm wondering if a vinegar solution would be safe to use on these stains. It's the only thing I can think of to get the water stains off the glass. Would a vinegar solution be safe to use on my tank if I made sure to rinse it well before adding any fish?
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post #5 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-05-2013, 10:39 PM
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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-06-2013, 06:38 AM
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Those water stains can be tough .

Try the vinegar at first. If you can lay the aquarium down on a towel and let the vinegar soak the stained area for about 1/2 hour that would be best. Wipe with a cloth and rinse.

If vinegar alone doesn't do the trick, try vinegar, lemon juice and some baking soda. Make it into a paste and gently scrub out the affected areas.

Good luck!

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