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Old 08-02-2012, 02:57 PM   #1 
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King Betta

I plan to get a king betta for my good friend's birthday. It's in a few months.


However.... I have to make sure I get the right supplies for his fish.

Supplies listed:

1x5 gallon tank

1x a sponge Filter for 25 gallon

1x a bag of white gravel

A few live java ferns

Of course the dechlorinator

Could a king betta be happy in his 5 gallon tank?

If not, I would get a small plakat for him.
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Old 08-02-2012, 03:07 PM   #2 
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I know a lot of people keep them in 10 gallon tanks, but I have read up on a few people here and there that keep them in a 5 gallon (only fish in the tank).
The only other thing that the betta would absolutely need is food.
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Old 08-02-2012, 03:13 PM   #3 
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I have a king in a 3 gallon currently. I plan on putting him in a 10 gallon, but I opt for the larger options for betta tank sizes. All of my regular sized bettas will be in 6.6 gallons. A five might be acceptable, but a plakat would be happier in there than the king, most likely.
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Old 08-02-2012, 08:40 PM   #4 
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I have a true giant in half of a 10 gal. They have a heater and regular filter. He's happy, healthy, and active.
Would recommend looking into a hiding place. When I first got my Uther, he just wanted to relax where he was completely hidden. Gave me a couple scares when I couldn't see him.

Also, I recommend larger betta pellets and plenty of frozen/live foods.
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Old 08-05-2012, 12:49 PM   #5 
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I had my king in a 2.5 to start with & quickly upgraded to a 5 gallon. He was the only fish and seemed pretty happy in there. Lots of hidey spaces-mine was shy. He sure did eat a lot though ;)
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Old 08-06-2012, 05:10 AM   #6 
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They sure do eat a lot...and put out a lot of ammonia. In his 5 gal, I was changing water 50% every other day or so to keep my king's ammonia down below 0.25ppm.

Mkayum,
I didn't see a heater on your list. Many keepers feel that white gravel is stressful.

Are you sure your friend wants---and is ready for--- the responsibility of fishkeeping? If so, I wish you both well...also as the fish.
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Old 08-06-2012, 11:47 AM   #7 
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I also had to do frequent water changes-he hated them. Had to be done anyway. And yes-heater for sure!
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Old 08-06-2012, 01:20 PM   #8 
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My king betta is very happily living in a planted 5.5 gallon
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Old 08-06-2012, 03:01 PM   #9 
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HallX - 2nd time I've noticed you mentioning the white gravel thing. I glad I met a person that's using white gravel, but hers was coated with algae & poo. That was enough to make me scoop all the white gravel and rinsed out the tank before going with mini river rocks.

Mkay - look into a bag of pool filter sand. I gotta stop by the hardware store to check it out how much they retail for.

Actually I'll just call ahead.

Heard a 50lb bag is $12-$14

Here's a link to a visual.
http://bestaquariumfilter.org/pool-filter-sand-aquarium

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Old 08-06-2012, 03:18 PM   #10 
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They sure do eat a lot...and put out a lot of ammonia. In his 5 gal, I was changing water 50% every other day or so to keep my king's ammonia down below 0.25ppm.

Mkayum,
I didn't see a heater on your list. Many keepers feel that white gravel is stressful.

Are you sure your friend wants---and is ready for--- the responsibility of fishkeeping? If so, I wish you both well...also as the fish.
Me and my friend went to petco and we wanted to look at the betta section. He said that he liked the look of the king betta. It reminds of himself! (my friend's taller and bulky than me lol)

My friend is prepared to have the responsibility for it because I bought him a veiltail and a 1.5 gallon tank and all the stuff. He changed the water one or two times a week and fed it three times a week. It lived almost a year and but died. I think that veiltail was probably older when I bought him because it has very long and wide tail and also he has this bulky face and the body. His tank is 1.5 gallon and heated up to 78 degrees. I think that heater was Betta Zooo Med something like that.
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