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Old 06-02-2012, 05:32 PM   #1 
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Is this possible for a healthy Betta??

So I was helping some family and came across these little glass "bowls" that weren't being used. They're pretty small, I'd say maybe 0.5 gal (that's just rough measuring from filling a water jug).
But they're definitely bigger than the little cups they keep them in in pet stores lol... (I know I know.. those aren't optimal or long-term conditions).



I definitely wouldn't be able to put a filter in these in any way, but I am very active with my fresh/salt water tanks as it is, and changing 50% water a week would be cake compared to some of the other maintenance I do :)

As for a heater, I'm thinking I would probably have to buy one of those circular pad ones meant for the little 1.5 gal tanks? Something similar?


I want to be a responsible fish owner, and I really like the bettas, so I'm doing my research first.

Would these little bowls be ok for a single Betta?

I'd probably set them up with a light sand bed and a tiny java fern from my other tank.

What do you guys think?
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Old 06-02-2012, 05:46 PM   #2 
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Uh, How many Gallons are in the Tank behind the Bowls? It'll give me an Idea of the Actual Size.
The Betta would Survive, I guess. But, I don't think it would be Healthy. Even a 1 Gallon Bowl would be better than this, sorry.
My PERSONAL Opinion is No. It seems too small, and I would not put a Betta in a Bowl or Tank less than 2 Gallons.
You could use this as a tank for putting Fish in during a Water Change if you are doing a 100% Change.
But otherwise, this is not a Living Place for a Betta. Sorry. :(

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Old 06-02-2012, 05:57 PM   #3 
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oh no problem! I don't have my heart set on it or anything, I just thought it'd be cool to put something in these little bowls :)

The tank behind it is my (dirty) 10 g planted.

The bowls are probably just shy of a half gallon. Really small. I just assumed that since bettas are marketed as low-maintenance fish that can fit in small tanks that it may work.

Better to ask first and research than buy the fish and be sorry!
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Old 06-03-2012, 04:33 AM   #4 
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May I compliment you on being a responsible keeper. Most folks wouldn't even know to ask.

But you are experienced and know what stocking is all about.

It would be good to have you around the forum.
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Old 06-03-2012, 05:02 AM   #5 
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Sadly bettas are marketted to survive in smaller tanks as they are cheaper and yes they can survive but not thrive. Well done you for doing your research :D 5 gallon is my absolute minimum but that's personal because I like to have room to scape and play about with but many people here have smaller 1 gallon tanks and have very active happy fish. :)
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Old 06-03-2012, 05:10 PM   #6 
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I would say no. Tanks less than a gallon are hard to heat properly.
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Old 06-03-2012, 05:16 PM   #7 
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Fill em with some water, sand, and Marimo balls. Marimo bowls are pretty cute displays.
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Old 06-03-2012, 05:38 PM   #8 
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You could use them for caves in your 10. My fish love glass caves for some weird reason.
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Old 06-04-2012, 07:27 AM   #9 
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I use a tiny vase in Clouds tank as a desplay piece :) Cost me like 99p. I baught it originally to put pot poure in but I works out as a nice little cave for Cloud. It's about the size of a tennis ball.
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Old 06-04-2012, 08:14 AM   #10 
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I would use them for cute little moss terrariums or something. :)
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