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Old 12-14-2009, 04:01 PM   #1 
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Tank too small?

My new betta is a one gallon tank. Is that too small for her?
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Old 12-14-2009, 04:25 PM   #2 
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My new betta is a one gallon tank. Is that too small for her?

Yeah. Unfortunately fish stores will sell you just about anything to get your money. And they make considerably more selling cheap tanks to a bunch of people than they do selling proper tanks to the few people who have actually done their homework on tank size.

Another common myth is that small tanks are lower maintenance. If you put three drops of red food coloring in your 1g bowl, it would probably turn the water bright red. If you put 3 drops of red food coloring in a 5g tank, it would only turn the water a light pink. The same goes for the waste your fish produces. The smaller the tank, the stronger the wase will be. So you have to clean it more often. If you are looking for a truly good beginner size, I strongly recommend you grab a 5g tank.

Furthermore, there are no heaters on the market that will heat a 1g to the right temperature. Since it is such a small amount of water even the smallest of heaters will often make the water too hot.
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Nice example with the red food coloring.
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Old 12-14-2009, 09:11 PM   #4 
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Very well put Kelly!
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Old 12-14-2009, 09:45 PM   #5 
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Nice example with the red food coloring.

I try lol
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Old 12-15-2009, 09:12 AM   #6 
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good suggestion
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