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Old 01-28-2013, 11:25 PM   #1 
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Do King Bettas need larger tanks?

I've only had one in my life and I was young, so I cannot tell you what I did then. I have my eye on a King Plakat, but he seems huge, so I feel like he needs a bigger tank than the others. Am I wrong? Thanks! Your answer feeds my addiction to le Betta!
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Old 01-28-2013, 11:44 PM   #2 
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The absolute minimum for a king should be 5 gallons, but 10 is preferable
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Old 01-29-2013, 12:28 AM   #3 
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Yes, they not only do better with more space for exercise and bioload reasons, but they excrete a hormone that will stunt their growth and a larger tank means that less of that will effect them (all fish actually do this, but the point of giants if for them to get BIG so it should be especially noted here).
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Yes, they not only do better with more space for exercise and bioload reasons, but they excrete a hormone that will stunt their growth and a larger tank means that less of that will effect them (all fish actually do this, but the point of giants if for them to get BIG so it should be especially noted here).
Thank you for letting me know (both of you!). I figured special care should be taken,so I think I will wait to get a King until I have more space. I already have five fish tanks in my bed room ranging from 5-25 gallons :P.
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