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Old 08-10-2012, 08:07 PM   #1 
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I want more but...

I would love more betta fish. I already have 2 in a divided 10 gallon. I like the 10 gallon because I only have to do 1 water change a week. If I got more fish, I would have to have smaller tanks, and that means frequent water changes, right? Is a 1 gallon tank too small? How many water changes for a 5 gallon tank?
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Old 08-10-2012, 08:15 PM   #2 
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Bettas are addictive, aren't they? XD I'm gonna get as much as I can when I move into a new house. :P Can't wait!!!

A 1 gallon is fine for the long finned males. You just have to do 1 100% and 1 50% per week. For the 5 gallon unfiltered, 2 50%'s every other week, and then a 100% change the other 2 weeks is sufficient.
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Old 08-10-2012, 09:10 PM   #3 
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Like lebron said, 1 gallons are fine, as long as you keep up with water changes, but I have noticed that my bettas tend to be MUCH for active and happy and show more of their character in the 5gallon tanks that I have for them. I personally dont like keeping them in that small of a tak (unless they are being treated of course) but you CAN and it's just personal preference. On my filtered (cycled) 5 gallons, I only have to do one water change a week (not even that much! I haven't done one in two weeks because I was away for a while, but all the parameters are great...but it's also pretty well planted...)

Bettas are so addictive aren't they?! I'm warning you: there is no way out. You are trapped forever!
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Old 08-10-2012, 10:15 PM   #4 
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Betta are addictive. I told myself I would stop at 2. I've currently got 5. You're not alone in this.

I know many people like the compactness of small containers, but I think they are more work than they are worth what with double the water changes and all. I keep four boys in divided tanks and another in a community-to-be tank. Here's a helpful (well depends on your view!) hint about keeping multiple bettas: stack the tanks. I found a double-decker aquarium stand on for a very reasonable price. You can also use industrial strength shelving, but the stand look prettier. When you run out of room, go up!
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Old 08-10-2012, 10:30 PM   #5 
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I have 6 bettas Myself,5 males 1 female and I am baby sitting one for a friend while he is in the hospital!If i had a bigger condo I would have a room dedicated to bettas
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Old 08-10-2012, 10:59 PM   #6 
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Yeah so I just bought my 11th. And 10 gallons are my best friend. I have 1 divided in 4 and my fish are perfectly fine. 5 gallons are great to and if you can cycle it would also take only 1 water change a week. I have another 10g that I plan on dividing to.
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Old 08-11-2012, 12:00 AM   #7 
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Yes, they are very addictive! Now that I know how to keep them properly, I just want more and more! Water changes are not my favorite thing, so that's why I don't want the smaller tanks.

I could divide my 10 gallon 4 ways but I would hate that my original betta would be downgraded from 10 gallons to 2.5. But this way, would I have to change my maintenance schedule any? There are no live plants (I'm not ready for those yet) but I could get some moss balls.

I do have a 5 gallon that I could set up, but I would want to cycle it. How much water would I change a week?

And yes, I would have to stack them!
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