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Old 08-30-2012, 11:06 AM   #21 
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Yeah....generally I don't like the idea of buying from a place where they keep their bettas/fish in poor conditions, but in the end if the fish is one that happens to click with me, I'm going to bring it home no matter what. If I only had a Walmart to go to to to get my fish....well I'd get my fish there and probably endlessly complain about their conditions. xDD

Well, I mean.....you plan to upgrade, so I can't see how thats all that bad. Smaller tanks are a little more upkeep and all that, but if you keep up with it and are able to keep your fish clean and warm I don't necessarily see the problem.
What do you have? 1-ish gallons? And you plan on upgrading in the future? That sounds perfectly fine to me. All of my boys have just about 2.5 gallons each, and everyones perfectly happy. I'm not saying bigger wouldn't be fantastic, but I love my setups and I'm not having any problems so I'm not changing anytime soon. My 10 gallon is actually divided into four sections, which I might probably catch a little flak for, but each fish still has plenty of swimming room and I'm a little more of an experienced keeper so its not like I don't know what I'm doing. xD
Yeah all three are in 1.5 gallons right now, but they still have plenty of room to swim and explore. The only issues I've had with fish is when I started, I didn't realize about water conditioner but otherwise they've been doing well unless they don't eat and I can't figure out the problem. I mean this weekend I am planning on going and gettting at least Jack a new tank because I would love for him to have that hideout in his tank so he can hide.

Besides, I think keeping them a little smaller is easier to clean, but that's my opinion. I mean, I'm not saying I'm not upgrading all of them, but I'm going to do it one at a time, starting with Jack since he's the closest to me and the others are at my parent's home (still my home haha)
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Old 08-30-2012, 11:08 AM   #22 
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I don't see anything wrong with those setups at all.
Its one thing if you're a beginner keeping your fish in something less then a gallon and doing like....weekly partial water changes(yes, it happens, I know :/)but when you understand and are willing to make the proper water changes, and especially if you have future plans of upgrading, I don't at all see the problem. xD
I'm jealous you live in the south by the way. ;P Sigh, how I miss the warm Texas winters....here in Illinois we get the scorching hot, humid summers and the freezing cold winters. >.< Not fun at all....
Thanks, yeah, my 1g bowls get 100% changes twice a week. I love that they are very easy to keep clean actually, though I also love the 2.5 that Bali has for that same reason, it's a good size and easy to maintain!
I am a New England girl myself, and still love how hot is stays down here! I don't miss Winter!
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Old 08-30-2012, 11:11 AM   #23 
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Yeah all three are in 1.5 gallons right now, but they still have plenty of room to swim and explore. The only issues I've had with fish is when I started, I didn't realize about water conditioner but otherwise they've been doing well unless they don't eat and I can't figure out the problem. I mean this weekend I am planning on going and gettting at least Jack a new tank because I would love for him to have that hideout in his tank so he can hide.

Besides, I think keeping them a little smaller is easier to clean, but that's my opinion. I mean, I'm not saying I'm not upgrading all of them, but I'm going to do it one at a time, starting with Jack since he's the closest to me and the others are at my parent's home (still my home haha)
LOL..I just wrote the same thing about keeping the smaller tanks clean! The 2.5 I got for Bali is really cool too...it was only around $12 and it's simple to change the water, and I have more room to decorate. I don't have to lug 5g! I love my bigger tanks, but yeah, they can be tough when it's water day!
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Old 08-30-2012, 11:19 AM   #24 
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I used to have a tank that was....1.77 gallons I think exactly. Before I dropped it in the tub during a water change and cracked it, I'd had that thing for 5 years and that tank was the best tank I'd ever had. Not only had it survived three moves and five years, but it was a nice size to sit next to my computer, had a little light, was light and easy to make the appropriate amount of water changes, held heat rather well, and I'd always had very healthy and happy fish in there. I really miss that thing....

Most people make the general argument of going with 2.5+ mainly just to get the point across to beginners who may not be quite as experienced or prepared to care for a smaller tank, which can be a little more work but fish keeping really isn't quite so black and white. There are a few general guidelines to follow, yes, but how one keeps their fish down to the detail varies per keeper. If a 1.5 gallon is a little easier for you to keep up with, then thats whats right for you and your situation. ;)

Upgrading is definitely fun though, with all the extra room to decorate and whatnot. xD
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Old 08-30-2012, 11:31 AM   #25 
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I used to have a tank that was....1.77 gallons I think exactly. Before I dropped it in the tub during a water change and cracked it, I'd had that thing for 5 years and that tank was the best tank I'd ever had. Not only had it survived three moves and five years, but it was a nice size to sit next to my computer, had a little light, was light and easy to make the appropriate amount of water changes, held heat rather well, and I'd always had very healthy and happy fish in there. I really miss that thing....

Most people make the general argument of going with 2.5+ mainly just to get the point across to beginners who may not be quite as experienced or prepared to care for a smaller tank, which can be a little more work but fish keeping really isn't quite so black and white. There are a few general guidelines to follow, yes, but how one keeps their fish down to the detail varies per keeper. If a 1.5 gallon is a little easier for you to keep up with, then thats whats right for you and your situation. ;)

Upgrading is definitely fun though, with all the extra room to decorate and whatnot. xD
When people tell me my tank is too small, I just say, "well i don't think they're miserable compared to living in a vase with a plant on top." Which is true, I wish when I was younger I could've known better about my mom keeping them in vases with plants :( she told me they could live off the roots but I was too young to know better.

But the setup for each fish is same but different and they never have any issues with it. Well, except Dragon but that's because he had jumped out of the water to get the pellet I was holding. That devil is very agressive when feeding, I am shocked haha. The other two are very gentle with their food.
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Old 08-30-2012, 11:40 AM   #26 
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Oh yes, I've been in many a classroom where they have those....personally I never had bettas as a child though. I generally had 10-ish gallon tanks with various minnows I caught with my little net while fishing with my dad. xD I had goldfish too at some point I think....
That was a good 10+ years ago though.

Haha, what naughty little thing!! xD I don't have any jumpers now, thankfully, but I've had a couple. Such enthusiastic little guys....
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I'm 51 years young..and never had any fish! I bought my first Betta in June, and I'm so glad when I got home with him I looked up how to care for him..that's how I found ya'll here!
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Oh yes, I've been in many a classroom where they have those....personally I never had bettas as a child though. I generally had 10-ish gallon tanks with various minnows I caught with my little net while fishing with my dad. xD I had goldfish too at some point I think....
That was a good 10+ years ago though.

Haha, what naughty little thing!! xD I don't have any jumpers now, thankfully, but I've had a couple. Such enthusiastic little guys....
I know they have such cute personalities! I was talking to a person at walmart who takes care of bettas and she has one at home and she says hers makes the biggest bubble nests. My rescue does but at times it gets too big so I got to pop them and he gets mad then depressed but gets over it later.

I had a lot of goldfish and I really don't like them. They are probably one of the dumbest creatures on the planet.
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I'm 51 years young..and never had any fish! I bought my first Betta in June, and I'm so glad when I got home with him I looked up how to care for him..that's how I found ya'll here!
It's totally worth the money though to take care of them
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