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Old 08-11-2011, 03:14 PM   #11 
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In a 4g with one betta and the filter constantly running, you wont need a 100% change :) I would do at least a 50% change once a week, maybe 30% one part of the week, 30% the other.

Adding plants reduces the number further.
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Old 08-11-2011, 03:18 PM   #12 
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Have to agree with the sponge filters. :) I think they're awesome for betta tanks. You don't have to worry about their beautiful fins getting sucked into an intake; the flow is low. But they are outstanding for nitrifying bacteria.
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Old 08-11-2011, 04:41 PM   #13 
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Heater= However, If you live in a warm environment, heaters aren't neccesary and overheat the tank.
I live in south florida, and my tanks go from 77-80 degrees all day, all night.
So, a heater isn't ALWAYS a given, like what everyone seems to say here.
If you are one of the majority who need a heater, be sure to get an adjustable one. They are much more reliable, and you can control the temp. It wont get too hot or too cold. The extra couple bucks are def. worth it!

Filter= I had the tetra whisper 3i, and it worked O.K. Its really just bare bottom though, not the best. But if you aren't getting a pesky snail or anything, it'll do. The cartridge has to be changed every couple weeks.

Big Tank Advice= Dont! The Betta will not be happy at all. They cannot mix with angels or loaches, and can only go in a tank with peaceful fish. Bettas cant be in a tank of semi-aggressive fish.

Little tank advice= Just have one betta. Dont mix bettas together... espescially in such a small tank. Also, be sure to get lots of decor. You can try your hand with live plants, which are actually quite easy and beautiful if you have a good light.

Waterchange= A 30-40% each week is good.

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Old 08-11-2011, 05:37 PM   #14 
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Big Tank Advice= Dont! The Betta will not be happy at all. They cannot mix with angels or loaches, and can only go in a tank with peaceful fish. Bettas cant be in a tank of semi-aggressive fish.
Thanks for this info. Sorry i have to come back with more questions. I was told that bettas are aggressive and cannot be kept with peaceful fish. I do have another tank wit some guppies, neons, mollies, and a common pleco. Would you recommend having a betta in this tank then?

Covermeinclay said in a post that you can only keep 1 betta per tank. I was under the impression that it is only males that will fight to the death. Does this also apply to a male and a female?
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Old 08-12-2011, 03:57 AM   #15 
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I thought I'd touch up a bit more on sponge filters 'cause I just found this great link that explains a bit about them and how they work, the pros and cons (although there's really not that many), and (with larger tanks, I'm sure) its actually a great coupling to have both filters. It also has a little bit of tips on how to lessen the agitation of the water. This is the standard sponge filter you can buy in a store, but making one is cheaper and reading this will, I'm sure, give you a few design ideas. Especially if you want to lessen agitation for your betta.

http://www.americanaquariumproducts....iltration.html

I'm still not done reading it, but I've found it to be quite useful ^.^
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Old 08-12-2011, 06:48 AM   #16 
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Thanks for this info. Sorry i have to come back with more questions. I was told that bettas are aggressive and cannot be kept with peaceful fish. I do have another tank wit some guppies, neons, mollies, and a common pleco. Would you recommend having a betta in this tank then?

Covermeinclay said in a post that you can only keep 1 betta per tank. I was under the impression that it is only males that will fight to the death. Does this also apply to a male and a female?
To answer your first question; betta personality is all different. Some can tolerate tank mates and some can't. Some people manage to have success with a betta in a community setting; and others follow all the "rules" in such a situation and still have a betta too grumpy to share lol. Also; common plecos get HUGE and I have no idea how big your tank is...but likely your tank is full on stock anyway.

Males and females should only be together when you are breeding them. Females can be just as aggressive as males; and some even more so. I had a girl once; she was the feistiest of all my bettas.
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Old 08-12-2011, 11:02 AM   #17 
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Yeah, I agree with dragonflie.. you really do have to be careful when picking a fish, but even so, some bettas are just born to be mean, no matter what the sex. My science teacher I had in the sixth grade heard that female bettas could live in the same tank. I think she had a 10 or 20g in the classroom with about 3 or 4 females... Yeah, they tore each other up and all of them died... it was sad, depressing, and didn't exactly show a great impression for someone teaching in that specific area... >.>..
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Old 08-12-2011, 12:43 PM   #18 
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You could always divide the 4g in half with a divider (if it's retangular) and have 2 bettas :) One on each side if you really wanted more then one. A 4 gal is great for a betta, but they can live happily in 2 gals.
Some bettas are aggressive to any fish, it's pretty much each individual's personality. But I wouldn't, a lot of bettas really don't like a whole lot of space, and prefer places such as a cave/big leaved plants, to hide among once in a while.

Females can live in a sorority, BUT it has to be set up right, and have luck. 10g+, lots of hiding places/plants/caves, and best to have 6+ per tank. So having 2 females wouldn't work, just in case you start thinking that :)
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Old 08-17-2011, 02:33 PM   #19 
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Hi Guys. Here is n update for you. Having read all your posts and as most of you have understood i would really like to have more than 1 betta, last weekend i got myself a 60 liter tank! I intend dividing it in 2 and that way I can have a male and a female.

so now i have new questions :) Would you still go with the sponge filters for this size? And would you keep a couple of plecos with the bettas in this tank?

Thanks
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