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Old 02-08-2014, 03:42 PM   #1 
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Fish Tanks for Beginners

Hello everyone!

This topic might seem way back to basics to some of you on the forum, but if your just starting your obsession with betta fish, this is for you!

Starting Fresh

Okay, so your buying your first/newest betta in a couple days, but you still need a tank! There are so many different tanks out there, but which one is okay for your fish?

The rules of betta tanks are simple:

*No less then 1 gallon tanks

*Don't use fish bowls!

*Stay on a budget, don't go nuts

Now, let's start by looking at how big you want your tank to be. 5 or 2 gallons should be good enough, but if you want to fit in some companions, 8 to 10 will work fine.

Creating a budget can be helpful, so you should perhaps plan one. Don't go over your budget, or you'll spend to much!

Setting the Tank Up

Line the bottom with small rocks (or pebbles) to start. If you want to add any plants, do it now. Real plants should be further looked into in the Planted Tanks section of the forum.

Now, let's have some fun with the accessories. Make sure you have shelter, heat and a lid on your tank before putting your betta in or doing anything else.

Remember to clean the tank and feed your betta!
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Old 02-08-2014, 09:59 PM   #2 
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I am presently using this Aqueon Mini Bow Desktop Aquarium 5g..for past 2 years...no issues yet with it..

http://www.petco.com/product/10313/A...arium-Kit.aspx

Any suggestions for 10g? what to go with?
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Old 02-09-2014, 09:53 AM   #3 
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Just wondering but what is the reasoning for the "no fish bowls" rule? I have 4 bowls that are 4-5 gallons each & my bettas do very well in them. They are all heated & filtered with live plants.
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Old 02-09-2014, 09:57 AM   #4 
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Fishbowls tend to be a gallon or under, I am not saying you can not keep a betta in a gallon bowl, it is just more work with water changes.
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Old 02-09-2014, 10:01 AM   #5 
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I would go with this http://www.truaqua.com/aquarium-curv...ank-cc-a4.html is about the same price, I like real glass aquariums, plastic gets scratched too easy or gets that cloudy/foggy look
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Old 02-09-2014, 10:25 AM   #6 
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Agreed^ I have fish bowls that are 1 + gallons and they work excellent!

Also a budget is a good idea- I always ignore mine lol
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Old 02-09-2014, 12:07 PM   #7 
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I am presently using this Aqueon Mini Bow Desktop Aquarium 5g..for past 2 years...no issues yet with it..

http://www.petco.com/product/10313/A...arium-Kit.aspx

Any suggestions for 10g? what to go with?

For a 10g, maybe one of those super large tanks you can find at pet stores?
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Old 02-09-2014, 12:08 PM   #8 
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And the fish bowl thing is personally just my opinion...Just saying to not cause a huge fight :)
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Old 02-09-2014, 04:03 PM   #9 
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If you have the room I say go for a ten gallon and resist the urge to put other fish/shrimp/snails in there. One Betta in 10 gallons is a pretty low bio-load and the larger amount of water just helps things be more stable/balanced. Both of which are huge deals.
Matilda on your bowls that are 4-5 gallons are they the old time classic drum bowls? I would love to find one that big and set it up.
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Old 02-09-2014, 09:44 PM   #10 
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I have a 10 gallon, I use a 20 gallon quiet flow in the filter (favorite filter I've ever owned), a heater that can handle up with 20 gallons, and black/white small sand particles for the substrate. I have a moss ball and a few other random plants in there as well.
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