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Old 11-06-2012, 09:56 PM   #1 
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As ChocolateBetta says, "bowls are for soup,not fish!"
When your in a pet store or Walmart, there are those TINY cubes that say betta cubes! Or 0.5 diving tank for bettas!
Lets face it, there not for bettas, or any fish really.
Bettas LOVE wide,open spaces to stretch out their fins and to show off.
These little fishies come from the rice patties if Thailand. Each bettas territory could range for MILES!
If your going to put a betta in a cube, say "How would I like to be cramped up, with no where to stretch and swim?" Trust me, you wouldn't like it.
If you get your betta a tank 5 gallons or bigger (depending on how much money you have) your betta will LOVE you!
To make sure he or she is SUPER HAPPY, make sure you have a heater, filter, plants ( live or fake ) and some hiding spaces for the best living possible!
Hope this helped, Bryana

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Old 11-06-2012, 11:02 PM   #2 
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It's so sad, petco says minumum tank size is two liters!! What's even worse is that they say the minumum tank size for a goldfish is 2 gallon!!!! What's up with these people? It seems like they should sell bigger tanks, I mean wouldn't that make them more money anyways?
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Old 11-06-2012, 11:07 PM   #3 
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Not trying to pick a fight... BUT...

Bettas can live quite happily in bowls, in fact, some even PREFER to live in smaller amounts of water. Though I agree that anything less than one gallon is pushing the limits, as many people say, it's about water quality not quantity. It's just as possible to have a very unhappy fish in a 5 as it is to have a unhappy fish in a 1 gal.

These threads tend to get people all riled up about tank size and what not, so I'm just going to leave it with this, if you do proper water changes and provide the right temperature and water quality for your fish along with having a good environment for them to explore and live in, a 1 gallon tank/bowl can be just as good as a 5 gal or larger.
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Old 11-06-2012, 11:08 PM   #4 
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Also, PLEASE! Don't listen to Petco/Smart and Walmart… they have no idea what they are doing
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Old 11-06-2012, 11:09 PM   #5 
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Yes two lovers is right also
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Old 11-06-2012, 11:35 PM   #6 
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The beautiful thing about a forum is that we can come together as a community and agree or disagree about various subjects. This is one that is a hotly debated subject. Many people, particularly the same breeders you likely got your betta from, could never house their hundreds of fish in 5 gallons each. Even 1 or 2 gallons would not only mean a crazy amount of space, but also a terrible amount of wasted water.

Additionally, some particularly heavy finned varieties of these fish simply don't do well in that much water. They weren't grown in it, they don't have the muscles to swim and live in it. The fish that are born in miles of rice paddies grew up there and are well equipped to live there. Don't forget that we have literally bred them to carry around a sometimes extreme amount of extra weight. This is not natural at all and thus we should not look at how they are kept in the wild when looking into how to care for them and how much space they need. Some things will be the same, but space is absolutely not one of them. It is like expecting an English Bulldog to run miles with the wolves and take down a caribou. Just not going to happen. lol.

I am personally of the mindset that water quality and proper temperature are more important than space. Is it harder to keep good water quality and heat in a smaller tank? For some. But don't knock the people that do and do it right. I personally recommend 2 gallons and up for beginners. It is a lot easier for people to get, especially since many people here are younger and subject to their parents rules, most people can keep up with the number of water changes (made even easier if they go with plants), and it does not take up too much space.

I absolutely adore my 2 gallon tank, and so does my fish, but if all I could have done was heat and clean the .5 gallon he was in before with a neglectful owner, he would still be a happy fish.
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Old 11-06-2012, 11:40 PM   #7 
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It depends on the size of the bowl - some can hold over 2 gallons.
What bothers me is these:
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Old 11-07-2012, 07:17 AM   #8 
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Yah that's what I meant. LITTLE cubed
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Old 11-08-2012, 08:01 AM   #9 
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A betta can, in most cases, easily get used to larger volumes of water. Like anyone or anything, with proper exercise they will build up muscle and strength.
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Old 11-08-2012, 09:13 AM   #10 
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Additionally, some particularly heavy finned varieties of these fish simply don't do well in that much water.
thats my boy, he has CRAZY long, heavy fins so he just prefers to hang out in is plants and rest on the leaves. his 2gal is perfect for him. I MAY get him a 5 eventually but Im in no real hurry.

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I am personally of the mindset that water quality and proper temperature are more important than space.
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I absolutely adore my 2 gallon tank, and so does my fish, but if all I could have done was heat and clean the .5 gallon he was in before with a neglectful owner, he would still be a happy fish.
I have an actively growing pothos plant thats partially submerged to serve as a natural filter and he gets 100% water changes every monday. His water is clean and heated. hes a happy little fishy :) way happier then when I bought him and definitely healthier!
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