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Old 04-06-2012, 01:48 PM   #11 
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12"+ is a lot of height in a tank. Bettas prefer long, shallow tanks as they do come to the top for air. Tall and narrow are less desired. There is such thing and too shallow, as well as too tall.

12" isnt that high.
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Old 04-06-2012, 02:03 PM   #12 
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12" isnt that high.
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Your right it isn't high, but you don't want a 5 gallon that is super tall and has almost no horizontal swimming room. Bettas need long tanks period. You don't want to put something that breaths atmospheric air in a tank that is too tall for the fish to go back and get more air. It just causes more problems.
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Old 04-06-2012, 02:05 PM   #13 
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12" isnt that high.
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But the point is that Bettas prefer long and wide tanks rather than tall and narrow tanks.

In wild, Bettas live in shallow but giant rice paddies. The lack of oxygen for in these paddies is why they have their labyrinth organ. Having too tall of tanks are bad for Bettas, they like lots of horizontal swimming space. :l
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Old 04-06-2012, 02:11 PM   #14 
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Your right it isn't high, but you don't want a 5 gallon that is super tall and has almost no horizontal swimming room. Bettas need long tanks period. You don't want to put something that breaths atmospheric air in a tank that is too tall for the fish to go back and get more air. It just causes more problems.
yeah i wouldnt suggest a tank with a super small footprint. i dont even like those 5gals that are hexagon.
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Old 04-06-2012, 03:50 PM   #15 
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There is nothing wrong with using plastic bins to house Bettas. Many people use them as a cheaper and lighter alternative to regular aquariums. If you buy them brand new (so nothing possibly toxic has been inside) and wash it out good then you are good to go.
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Old 04-06-2012, 04:13 PM   #16 
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There is nothing wrong with using plastic bins to house Bettas. Many people use them as a cheaper and lighter alternative to regular aquariums. If you buy them brand new (so nothing possibly toxic has been inside) and wash it out good then you are good to go.
if you say so, but i think a container for storing odds and ends isnt what you should be putting a fish in.

it's ugly and i think if you are going to keep a pet you can atleast spend a few bucks on a real aquarium. if i was a breeder or needed a hospital tank [mine is a 1.5 gal acrylic tank] i might consider it.
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Old 04-06-2012, 07:37 PM   #17 
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I see nothing wrong with using plastic sterilite containers. I have big black ones I have used for grow-outs, guppies and a sorority.

They are good to have if you only need a temporary larger space (I don't have room to house or store four 2ft long tanks) and also give owners the opportunity to save their money and use it elsewhere on equipment or live plants etc.

I have a huge one I intend on using to house some medaka fish in next summer. To buy a tank or pre-made pond that size would have been an exorbitant waste of money.

Fish don't really care where they are housed, and I have seen many purpose-built tanks that look a heck of a lot uglier than a sterilite tub.
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Old 04-07-2012, 10:57 AM   #18 
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To be perfectly honest, even a fancy premade pond shell is just a glorified, more naturally shaped, storage container. Same thing goes for acrylic aquariums, IMHO. Glass doesn't change much from either of those options save for aesthetics, really.
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To be perfectly honest, even a fancy premade pond shell is just a glorified, more naturally shaped, storage container. Same thing goes for acrylic aquariums, IMHO. Glass doesn't change much from either of those options save for aesthetics, really.

yeah but a real fishtank just looks better. and it's designed to keep fish.

sure the animal will survive in a container that's made for keeping junk and odds and ends. if you cant afford 35 bucks [or less] for a tank you shouldnt be in this hobby. lets face reality here.

if you're a breeder and you have a lot of fish around, fine i understand it.
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This thread is not about what you think looks better. Lets keep it on topic.
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