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Old 09-04-2012, 12:46 PM   #31 
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I should update my location. Not going to school in Ga anymore. Was in Savannah, now back full time in Texas.

And yep, bettanewbie said it. Clean water. Good food. Proper temp. That's what's important. If you can manage that in a small tank, do it. If you need a larger tank, do it. It's all about making it work for you so your fish has the proper set up to thrive.
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Old 09-04-2012, 12:46 PM   #32 
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I actually posted that to Purplemuffin lol..sorry
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Old 09-04-2012, 01:01 PM   #33 
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Guys remember each kid wants there own tank. So the vilum changed throughout the week, it soil end up with more water volume and more time than just using a 10 gallon tank. So really in terms of maintenance a 10 gallon would be easier. One heater, one light, and one or two filters, so also less electricity.

A watter change should only take 15 minutes when you get the hang of it. Get a gravel siphon and a 5 gallon bucket (Home Depot ones work great and they are cheap). Then just take out about 30-50% of the water out. You can keep the bettas in the tank as well. Then dump the bucket fill it with around the same temperature water. Use water conditioner, and dump the water in slowly.

Also you could let your kids decorate each section so they still feel that it is their own. If they even want their own gravel.
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Old 09-04-2012, 05:59 PM   #34 
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Also the kids need to hElp with the water changes!

They can learn about siphoning.

Getting a siphon with a pump bulb is cleaner -- less "nasty" factor!
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