Betta Fish Care  
Go Back   Betta Fish and Betta Fish Care > Betta Chat
Check out the eBook Betta Fish Care Made Easy
betta fish
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 07-21-2012, 11:27 PM   #1 
LinkLover
Member
 
LinkLover's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2012
Location: Washington
Can a tank really be TOO big?

I know when people say "too big" it's usually those who think they are happy in half gallon cubes, but I actually want to know. If proper the amount of cover/hideys are used, can a tank be too big (uncomfortable/stressful/etc.) for one betta?
LinkLover is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-21-2012, 11:30 PM   #2 
MrVampire181
Member
 
MrVampire181's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Colorado
Nope. In the wild bettas have MILES of shallow water.

In a big tank, the betta will stake out a place to build a nest as his territory. Very similar to the wild.
MrVampire181 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-21-2012, 11:34 PM   #3 
registereduser
Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
My own experience with just one betta went like this:

He is a very fast swimmer and I had him in a 5 gallon. I thought he was cramped so I was able to get a 20 gallon and thought I'd try a community tank with some neon tetras. He had the tank to himself with an oto and a cory for awhile and seemed to do OK although I noticed he would rest a lot in some floating plants.

Then I got the 8 neons and they ignored him and he ignored them. But within a week they started dying off one by one and by the time the last few died my betta was sick! He recovered in a few days in a "hospital" tank and then I put him in a brand new 6.6 gallon where he is today and he seems to really like it.

So for us the bigger tank led to stress and illness. Your mileage may vary

PS: I am one of those who think bettas should be in nothing less than a 5 gallon.

Last edited by registereduser; 07-21-2012 at 11:36 PM.
registereduser is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-21-2012, 11:39 PM   #4 
lilyrazen
Member
 
lilyrazen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Northern San Diego County, California
I think... Yes and no. Depends on the fish. Mr. V is right, but some domestic fish just might not like it.

I know for me, I'd probably never give a lone betta any more than ten, or a 20 if I started a community, but they'd be able to thrive in almost any size tank when the condition is right.
lilyrazen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-21-2012, 11:57 PM   #5 
MrVampire181
Member
 
MrVampire181's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Colorado
I'm pretty against putting bettas with anything. They're solitary fish. Many of the "stress" from bigger tanks can be caused by tank mates. A 20 gallon long, with a very gentle sponge filter, live plants, and almond leaves would be paradise for a male betta and would mimic very closely a natural habitat.
MrVampire181 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-22-2012, 12:15 AM   #6 
Aus
Member
 
Aus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Australia!
I have my large aggressive plakat in a ten gallon. I recently took some bad advice from an LFS (...sods) and ended up with two very small loaches in there as well.

Cole occupies every inch of that tank, patrols it all day, and I should have known better than to think he'd tolerate even peaceful fish in his territory (even if they weren't an entirely stupid choice for that tank). He's killed one already, and as I can't catch the other he hunts it all over the tank, flaring like a maniac.

I honestly feel bad only giving him ten gallons - and do think a planted 20 long would suit him better.

I feel -really- sorry for any fish of his size and disposition stuck in a 1 gallon bowl..
Aus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-22-2012, 12:25 AM   #7 
lilyrazen
Member
 
lilyrazen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Northern San Diego County, California
Let me re-word that...
I'd probably never BE ABLE TO give a lone betta more than ten.

If I had the money and space (I'm on the somewhat poor-er side and live in a tiny duplex) I'd find what suited every fish.

I actually think the 20 long idea would be a great tank.

And by community I'd mean my most docile betta and maybe 6 cories in a 20 long, or a sorority (maybe... 55 gallon) with a few cories as a possibility.

Anyway, to stop straying from the topic, I'm pretty sure most bettas could do fine in any well thought out large tank.
lilyrazen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-22-2012, 12:53 AM   #8 
Aus
Member
 
Aus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Australia!
I feel I should offer the other side to this..

My scrawny, chronically ill HM male flails around in a 3 gallon like something's going to eat him any moment, and is always quite pale in a larger tank. He is overfinned for his size and can't swim very well, so I dare say this does nothing for his self-confidence. He's perfectly happy in a 1.5 gallon with a big ball of peacock moss and some silk plants to hide in.

My little female is happy in her 3.5, though I could see her coping with a ten perfectly well. She is also hyper aggressive, however, and like the plakat is in excellent health.
Aus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-22-2012, 12:53 AM   #9 
MrVampire181
Member
 
MrVampire181's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Colorado
I can't give my bettas the tanks I'd like. Most go in deli cups and at largest, 1 gallon jars. I am currently building barrack systems.
MrVampire181 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-22-2012, 01:00 AM   #10 
lilyrazen
Member
 
lilyrazen's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Northern San Diego County, California
Yeah Aus, I can see where that totally makes sense. I had a really small crowntail that could've ruled a twenty, but a larger half moon that could barely navigate half of a ten. They're all different.

Oh, and I've seen some betta barracks in videos and such, and they're a pretty great invention. And at least with you, you're great at caring for bettas and I know they're all happy regardless.
lilyrazen is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 06:29 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.