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Old 06-21-2013, 04:25 AM   #1 
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Tank recommendations?

Hi, I'm starting college this fall and I'd like to have a betta for my dorm. I was wondering which tank would be best to get. I currently have a 6-8 gallon tank, but I don't want to use it for obvious reasons of it being a hassle to set up and transport.

I'm looking for a tank that's 2.5 to 5 gallons. I have not gotten another betta since my last one passed away last month, so there is no rush. I only wish to get everything set up and cycled before introducing a new betta in my life. I will most likely have a marimo in the tank as well, but that's it besides a few silk plants, leaf hammock, and decors.

My budget isn't that big of a problem, but I'd like to keep things under ~$85.
I would also prefer if it didn't have any obvious openings a betta could jump out of, so nothing lidless.

Thank you.
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Old 06-21-2013, 07:33 AM   #2 
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If you live near a Petco, I have a few suggestions that are cheaper than what I am using. Unfortunately, my prices are based on the online sale prices. I have no idea how much more it would cost in a physical store. If you really want to keep the cost of a 5 gallon tank set up under $85, you will probably be on eBay for a while. ^_^;

A nice 2.5 gallon tank I gave to a relative is Aqueon Aquarium Mini-Bow. If you leave out the divider it would work well for one fish. It looks like the Desktop Mini Bow comes in 2.5 or 5 gallon sizes but is a bit more expensive. However, with any of these kits I would replace the filter they come with. I've used the Tetra Whisper PF10 without any issues in 5 gallon set ups. I only had to baffle the outtake a bit with some aquarium sponge. But if you go with a 2 gallon set up you can skip the filter and leave the tank uncycled. You'll need a heater no matter what sized tank you go with. (I like the Theo brand) I don't know how you want your tank to look, so I can't help you with how much decor would cost. But you can get gravel for pretty cheap.

That gives you 5 gallon option at $82.46 + tax
5 gallon tank - $44.99
Filter - $14.99
Heater - $19.49
gravel - $2.99

And a 2 gallon option at $56.22 + tax
2.5 gallon tank - $33.74
Heater - $19.49
Gravel - $2.99

I know what I listed isn't a 100% complete tank. But I hope it's enouh to help. :)
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Old 06-21-2013, 09:00 AM   #3 
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These are some I have from Petsmart:
Top fin 5.5g, I switched the filter for a sponge filter & I switched the light bulb for plant bulb. If I didn't have live plants I would switch the hood for a glass canopy.
http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...AvailInUS%2FNo

I also have a 2.5g, no live plants. My fave for a desktop or small corner.
http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...AvailInUS%2FNo

This one is a 5g which I had to purchase in an emergency & I actually like the shape to some degree. I also switched the filter for a sponge filter & I rarely use the LED light, this tank also has no live plants.
http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...AvailInUS%2FNo
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Old 06-21-2013, 01:42 PM   #4 
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Two Wal-Mart aquarium kits for under $30.00. I would get the rectangle because replacing the hood or finding a canopy would be easier. All you need is heater and gravel; oh, and the Betta. ^smile^

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Aqua-Cultu...-Pets/20693704

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Hawkeye-5-...-Pets/14660258
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Old 06-21-2013, 05:11 PM   #5 
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I'd go with the second option. That gives you the possibility of plants if you want them. I like sand better than gravel because you don't have to gravel-vac sand. Just stir it around a bit after spot sucking any debris off the surface. Sand is super cheap. Free if you can find it... Oh and it also seems to cycle faster/better than gravel IME.
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The Hawkeye is better for plants; I'm not fond of LED lights.

Also, I like sand better, too. My fingers just seem determined to type "gravel." Habit, I guess.
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Old 06-22-2013, 12:08 AM   #7 
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A nice 2.5 gallon tank I gave to a relative is Aqueon Aquarium Mini-Bow. If you leave out the divider it would work well for one fish. It looks like the Desktop Mini Bow comes in 2.5 or 5 gallon sizes but is a bit more expensive. However, with any of these kits I would replace the filter they come with. I've used the Tetra Whisper PF10 without any issues in 5 gallon set ups. I only had to baffle the outtake a bit with some aquarium sponge. But if you go with a 2 gallon set up you can skip the filter and leave the tank uncycled.
Thank you, I was looking at the Mini bow for a while, but wasn't sure of it. I should mention that I already have decor, gravel, etc. I just need to find a tank easy enough to transport to and from college.

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These are some I have from Petsmart:
Top fin 5.5g, I switched the filter for a sponge filter & I switched the light bulb for plant bulb. If I didn't have live plants I would switch the hood for a glass canopy.
http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...AvailInUS%2FNo

This one is a 5g which I had to purchase in an emergency & I actually like the shape to some degree. I also switched the filter for a sponge filter & I rarely use the LED light, this tank also has no live plants.
http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...AvailInUS%2FNo
Thanks! Unfortunately, I don't have any local Petsmarts around me, and I prefer to make my purchases in person so I can see them. They do look promising, so I'll have to research them more ^.^

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Two Wal-Mart aquarium kits for under $30.00. I would get the rectangle because replacing the hood or finding a canopy would be easier. All you need is heater and gravel; oh, and the Betta. ^smile^

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Aqua-Cultu...-Pets/20693704

http://www.walmart.com/ip/Hawkeye-5-...-Pets/14660258
I was thinking about getting a tank from Wal-Mart, but I'd really prefer not due because my local Wal-Mart takes horrible care of their Betta and I would rather support my local PetCo which takes sufficient care of them. I have local Ma and Pa fish stores around my area that I still need to check out, but thank you for your recommendations!
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I completely understand. You have to buy them online. I bought an acrylic tank because they are so much lighter than same-size glass.
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Old 06-22-2013, 01:00 AM   #9 
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Also remember that you already have gravel, and decor because you have the 6-8 gallon tank. This will save you a lot of money, unless you want to change the decor.
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Check Craig's List, too. Couple of weeks ago a guy was selling two NIB five gallon kits for $10.00 each or both for $15.00. You might luck up on something like that.
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