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Old 10-05-2009, 04:44 AM   #1 
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is a 1 gallon big enough?

so i have 2 bettas, Dexter and Marla.

they are currently in 1 gallon tanks that i change every 3-4 days.

they seem to be doing very well and are extremely active and healthy, however i'm worried that their tanks are too small.

i'm kind of afraid to move them though since they are doing so well. is it cruel to keep them in 1 gallons?
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Old 10-05-2009, 06:05 AM   #2 
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Betta fish can live in small tanks but will thrive better in bigger tanks.

2.5 gallons is the minimum that many people will suggest here on the forum, but some even recommend investing in a 10gal (which you can divide in half if you have two fish!).

It's not necessarily cruel to keep them in a small tank, but a bigger tank is defiantly more beneficial. You can fit a bigger tank with a filter, providing better water quality for their tank. And once the tank is cycled, you won't have to run the risk of potential ammonia/nitrite poisoning. Of course water changes are still required but should be needed less frequently than with a smaller tank.

Overall, your betta will be a much happier, healthier fish in a larger tank.
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Old 10-05-2009, 08:09 AM   #3 
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I recommend 2 gallons or bigger.

Honestly, if you get a 10g kit, it's not going to be much more expensive then getting one of those LITTLE, fancy, aquarium Kits. Aka, Mini bows, and all those tanks.

Oh! And don't forget a heater. :) Bettas are tropical and they need temps. of 75-82 degrees!
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Old 10-05-2009, 02:43 PM   #4 
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yeah i finally got a heater here since the temp went down 20 degrees in like 3 days- it was weird- four days ago it was 100 degrees out- now it's cold enough to need 3 blankets at night. the fish are nice and warm though.
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Old 10-05-2009, 04:14 PM   #5 
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yeah i finally got a heater here since the temp went down 20 degrees in like 3 days- it was weird- four days ago it was 100 degrees out- now it's cold enough to need 3 blankets at night. the fish are nice and warm though.
80 degrees?! THAT'S COLD?!

Man, that's like moderately warm for me. I sleep in shorts and a tank top in that. :P
50 is blankets but not 80. Lol.
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Old 10-05-2009, 04:33 PM   #6 
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thank you. i will get them each a 5 gallon next month when i get birthday money :)
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Old 10-05-2009, 05:35 PM   #7 
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80 degrees?! THAT'S COLD?!

Man, that's like moderately warm for me. I sleep in shorts and a tank top in that. :P
50 is blankets but not 80. Lol.
80 is horrid for me. I hate the heat...

Though I thoguht she said it dropped down to 20 degrees...and i think that's pretty cold? I'm not really familiar with Farenheit.
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Old 10-05-2009, 07:01 PM   #8 
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no- theres a 20 degree DIFFERENCE just in the last 3 days- it was very quick- it went from sweltering to rather pleasant and breezey but very cold at night- in only a couple days- i had to run to the pet store for a heater i didn't need a few days ago. my room is incredibly drafty because the house is ancient- but its ok now- my fish are fine.
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Old 10-05-2009, 07:02 PM   #9 
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For a permanent home I would reccomend 2.5g or larger for females, and 5 gallons or larger for males, but bettas can temporarily live, even thrive in tanks as small as a half gallon with the proper tank maintenance!
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also you can fit more decorations and caves and plants in a larger tank :)
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