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Old 08-15-2013, 07:46 PM   #11 
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Absolutely! A 2.5 gallon is a great size. When you get him home, put a drop or two of water conditioner in his cup to detoxify ammonia.

And...Make sure you send photos of your new boy!
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Old 08-15-2013, 07:51 PM   #12 
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Haha I just feel so bad for those little guys and I finally have my betta in his 10 gallon which freed the 2.5 gallon, so I feel like I should help one out. :)
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Old 08-16-2013, 01:06 PM   #13 
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Please quarantine your new betta first. DO NOT share ANYthing between him and your betta for a few weeks. A lot of time betta can be sick and show the symptoms of the sickness later . I just read the post like that ...so i would have him in his new 2.5 good size tank without gravel and plants , just in case something wrong with him and you don't have disinfect the everything.

I have pretty old betta in my 2.5 gall tanks and they all happy . So i think it a good size. I do have 3- one gallon tanks at work and bettas also happy and all my bettas older than 2 years old at work .

For 2.5 gall you need to do 2-50% water changes and one 100% water change a week. You do need to acclimate your betta when you do full water change
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Old 08-16-2013, 01:08 PM   #14 
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2.5 is great. Many Bettas live in much less than that and are perfectly healthy and happy!
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Old 08-16-2013, 01:11 PM   #15 
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Acclimation (a few ways)

1. can have betta in the changing cup with about 15% of the water and keep adding small amount of the new water about every 5 min for about 5-6 times -this way you he will get used to the temperature:)

2. Note the temperature of the water.

Using a plastic cup, scoop him, along with some of his water, into the cup.
Clean out the tank. Refill with water at the SAME temp. Be sure to add the correct amount of water conditioner.
Float his cup in the tank for about 15 min. (Study during this time. If he sits longer, it's OK.)
Add a SMALL amount of NEW water to the cup. (Several tablespoons, or about 1.5 ounces.)
Let his cup float for about 10 min. (Study during this time. If he sits longer, it's OK.)
If the cup starts to fill too much, remove a SMALL amount of water from the cup. Discard it.
Repeat steps 5-7, until about an hour has passed. (If he sits longer because you're studying, that's OK.)
Gently release him into the tank.

3. To do a water change, use a little cup like a plastic solo cup - this cup must be only for him and have never been used with soap or other chems. Scoop him up in this cup (keep him in the cup about 1/4 full of water - it doesn't need to be much because he won't be in it for long) and leave him in the cup while you change his water. To do the 50% use a turkey baster - dedicated only to him that has never seen soap or chems - and drag it through the gravel and try to suck as much of the poop out as possible, in addition to 50% of the water. Use a thermometer under the running tap to get it to be the same temp as the water that is normally in his tank. When the thermometer says the flowing tap is the right temp, fill back up his tank. At this point, add the conditioner (dose for how much water you change - if you change half the water you add half gallon worth of conditioner, If you do a 100% water change dose for the full gallon change). Float his plastic cup with him in it in the new water. Slowly add a couple tablespoons of the new water into his cup every 10 minutes for at least an hour. Finally, dump him in gently but try to get as little of the old cup water back into the tank as possible. When you do the weekly 100% you will do mostly the same thing except empty his tank fully and rinse everything in it very well under warm water but never use soaps or chemicals. Once it's fully cleaned/rinsed you can refill it and repeat the cup/acclimate phase.

4. When I change the water I put him in the cup I got him in then I take everything out of the tank, rinse everything with warm tap water. Then I put everything back in the tank, fill it with dechlorinated new water, and then turn the heater on. When the tank water is the same as the cup water , then take the dirty cup water out and a little at a time and put clean tank water in the cup. After that I put the cup in the tank and he swims out.

And i also like this link , i think it a lot of helpful info in there
http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=142066

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Old 08-16-2013, 01:11 PM   #16 
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As long as it's filtered and heated, it's a perfect size. :D
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Old 08-16-2013, 01:17 PM   #17 
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For 2.5 gall tank you don't even need the filter though with the regular water changes that i wrote:) Filters only for cycled tanks and you don't have to cycle small tanks , its very easy for cycle to crashed .
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Old 08-16-2013, 01:22 PM   #18 
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+1 for rescue. 2.5G is fine
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For 2.5 gall tank you don't even need the filter though with the regular water changes that i wrote:) Filters only for cycled tanks and you don't have to cycle small tanks , its very easy for cycle to crashed .
Cycling is not for the benefit of the fishkeeper but for the well-being of the fish. So if you can cycle your tank, all the better for those concerned.
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Old 08-16-2013, 02:26 PM   #20 
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I don't have any fish younger than 2 years old and i have one that about 5 years old.
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