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Old 07-28-2012, 07:54 PM   #1 
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Question Fourth betta...need advice please!

Okay, so I went out to buy Bella her 2.5 tank I'd been waiting to get. She can now get out of her one gallon bowl. Most of you can guess what happened while I was in the store. Yes, I got my fourth betta (why have an empty bowl right)? Anyway, my third betta "Beau" is still not really eating, just swims back and forth, back and forth in his 5.5g. It's really hard to tell if he is eating at all, and I'm cleaning up most of his food off the bottom. So, here is my question. Would I be better off putting "Beau" into "Bella"s 1g bowl so it's easier to see what/if he's eating? Also, I'm still thinking he may be one of those bettas that just never settles with a much larger area? He does not appear ill at all, just taking a long time getting relaxed in the 5.5, it's been two weeks now. Any help with this decision would be great. I am looking forward to getting my new addition out of his cup, but want to decide if Beau should go into the 1g instead of the new fish. Thanks in advance!
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Old 07-28-2012, 08:33 PM   #2 
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Anyone please have a suggestion? I want Beau to settle down some, not stress him more, but it is very hard in the 5.5 to tell if he's eating. I really want to get the new guy into new digs...but, I'm having a really tough time making a wise decision here. Help!
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Old 07-28-2012, 08:41 PM   #3 
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I don't believe in the 1 gallon bowls or anything like it. Its just my personal opinion but I don't think a betta should be kept in anything less than a 5 gallon. all of my boys get their own 10 gallon tanks, although I am considering dividing those and keep 2 boys per tank, just haven't decided on that yet
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IMO, 1 gallon is perfectly fine for the long fins. I say you should put them in there. It's going to be easier for you and for him. He'll see the food easier and so shall you. Just remember to do needed water changes. 1 50% and 100% per week. :)

I keep Lebron in a 3.5 gallon and I say 1 gallon is the minimum. I already got him a sponge filter and am starting to cycle my tank, or filter.
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IMO, 1 gallon is perfectly fine for the long fins. I say you should put them in there. It's going to be easier for you and for him. He'll see the food easier and so shall you. Just remember to do needed water changes. 1 50% and 100% per week. :)

I keep Lebron in a 3.5 gallon and I say 1 gallon is the minimum. I already got him a sponge filter and am starting to cycle my tank, or filter.
Bella has been in the one gallon, Buddy is a CT who has his own 5g filtered tank, and Beau has been in his filtered 5.5 for two weeks now...I bought the 2.5 to move Bella into, she is tiny, but I wanted more space for her. The question is...should I put the new male into the 1g for now, or move the other male who is having trouble "settling" in, and I can't tell if he's eating, into the 1g bowl. Sorry, confusing I know..
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Bella has been in the one gallon, Buddy is a CT who has his own 5g filtered tank, and Beau has been in his filtered 5.5 for two weeks now...I bought the 2.5 to move Bella into, she is tiny, but I wanted more space for her. The question is...should I put the new male into the 1g for now, or move the other male who is having trouble "settling" in, and I can't tell if he's eating, into the 1g bowl. Sorry, confusing I know..
So, should I move the one who has not been eating into the 1g? and the newest guy into the 5.5?
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The one who's not settling in should go into the 1 gallon. He should feel more secure in a smaller space. A female Betta should go into a bigger tank than males IMO. They have shorter fins, which means more swimming. Why can't you see if he eats?
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The one who's not settling in should go into the 1 gallon. He should feel more secure in a smaller space. A female Betta should go into a bigger tank than males IMO. They have shorter fins, which means more swimming. Why can't you see if he eats?
Thanks Lebron...yes, the female is going into the 2.5 either way. I just figured the male who is not settling into the 5.5 might do better in the 1g for now. I can't see if he's eating because he never comes up for the pellets...I've tried wiggling my finger to get his attention, but he seems uninterested. Usually when I come back the pellets are gone, however, I'm not sure if he's eating them or letting them get water logged and sink. My choices are, new male into 1g, or the one who's not settling into the bowl, and new guy into the 5.5. sigh lol.
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I don't believe in the 1 gallon bowls or anything like it. Its just my personal opinion but I don't think a betta should be kept in anything less than a 5 gallon. all of my boys get their own 10 gallon tanks, although I am considering dividing those and keep 2 boys per tank, just haven't decided on that yet
Thanks Choob..but that doesn't answer my question.
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Thanks Lebron...yes, the female is going into the 2.5 either way. I just figured the male who is not settling into the 5.5 might do better in the 1g for now. I can't see if he's eating because he never comes up for the pellets...I've tried wiggling my finger to get his attention, but he seems uninterested. Usually when I come back the pellets are gone, however, I'm not sure if he's eating them or letting them get water logged and sink. My choices are, new male into 1g, or the one who's not settling into the bowl, and new guy into the 5.5. sigh lol.
No problem. My vote is new male in 5.5 gallon and not settler, 1 gallon. But, you're the keeper. You decide.

Oh, and I'm so sorry. I mean, in your other thread. I hope everything gets better for you. Don't worry. What must go down, must come up. Like Bettas for example, they explore on the bottom, they must go up for air. :)
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