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Old 08-30-2012, 05:01 PM   #1 
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King Betta Tank size

I have three tanks two 2.5 gallon and a 2 gallon tank I was just wondering if these would be good tanks for a King from Petco or would I need a bigger one
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Old 08-30-2012, 05:07 PM   #2 
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A five gallon is considered by many to be the minimum for Betta fish I have heard a Paradise fish can live in a 2.5 gallon a 10 would be better but a five is okay but I might be wrong and 10 gallon being the Minimum. But a 10 gallon would be the best minimum what exactly is a king Betta is it a hybrid, morph ,species. I have my male delta tail in a 10 and my female veil tail in a 20 gallon community. Looks like it might be a separate species Betta Raja it looks great not sure if it actually is a different Betta species to me I think morph or hybrid But remember Betta fish need hiding places.

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Old 08-30-2012, 05:07 PM   #3 
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I'm not sure how big 'king bettas get' but giants grow to a decent size. While one could live in a 2-2.5 gallon tank, I prefer to give them a minimum of at least 5 gallons. They produce more waste than a standard sized betta, and a 5 gallon provides them with enough room to swim freely around.

Some people choose to put their giants in nothing less than a 10 gallon tank, but a 5 gallon is fine in my opinion.
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Old 08-30-2012, 05:11 PM   #4 
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2.5 is 'okay' but I really would put him in a 5 gallon as they are pretty thick and hefty fish.
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Old 08-30-2012, 05:17 PM   #5 
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Kings get to be a decent size. I have one, and he looked cramped in the 3 gallon kritter keeper I had him in as a temp setup. Now he's in a 10 gallon, and enjoys the space. But I agree that 5 gallons would be an acceptable minimum. Anything less, and they just seem cramped.
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Need hiding places to me silk or live plants Betta need hiding spots also low current so a 10 would have a little lower filtration or low current and the other tanks with a 50% water change each week could house regular Betta fish.
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Old 08-30-2012, 06:39 PM   #7 
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Ok gotcha I don't think I have room for a 5 Gallon tank then, I already have too many tanks haha, I think I'll look for a regular Halfmoon Plakat
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Old 08-30-2012, 07:13 PM   #8 
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i'm gonna agree with the others who said 5 gallon minimum. they get to be about 2-3 times the overall body volume of a normal betta, and you should plan accordingly in everything from tank size and feeding to filtration and water changes.
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Old 08-30-2012, 07:19 PM   #9 
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Okay it is your fish you have the right to choose what size tank to choose I just prefer ten but you could use the 3 tanks you have to house Bettas and then a 50 percent water change or another fish that could live in a 2 gallon.
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Old 08-30-2012, 09:27 PM   #10 
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also, king bettas are usually more docile and shy than most bettas, so make sure he has a cave or other hiding spot that's big enough for him to get into (their longer bodies make it harder to cut tight turns, so a wide opening will allow him space to turn around and get comfortable in there.)
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