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Old 11-30-2012, 05:57 AM   #1 
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Will a betta take advantage of a 10 gallon tank?

This will be the largest tank I've ever had for one of the few bettas I've had over the years, and someone told me a single male betta will bore me in such a big tank because he's lazy. It's been awhile since I've owned a betta, but I don't really remember them being lazy, but even if they weren't then I'm not sure how they'll react to a bigger space. I know it's better for them, but part of the allure of having fish are watching them swim about. I don't want to have one little fish moseying on about his business with no action or vibrancy which will make this tank very dull with just him by himself.
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Old 11-30-2012, 08:00 AM   #2 
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It depends on the personality of the fish, his age, what decorations/plants you have in there, the temp..

Males aren't always as active as females - more work with the longer fins to swim about. But the younger the betta the more active he will be - and if he has a fair amount of decorations the more mental stimulation he will have. Even a 2-3 year old betta should still be quite active.

With a healthy betta in a warm tank with good food and things to look at/explore he should be plenty active in there. But a couple tank mates wouldn't be a bad thing if you went that way.
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Old 11-30-2012, 09:49 AM   #3 
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A betta will explore a tank of any size. They love to explore due to their natural curiosity regardless of personality. A male betta will be less bored in a larger tank, considering you stock it with ornaments and plants suitable for him. Some tank mates may also help him. Some ghost shrimp would give him a bit of entertainment and they're cheap in case he kills them.
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Old 11-30-2012, 11:39 AM   #4 
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I have my boy in a 10 gallon with decor and many plants. He loves swimming through the Anacharis I have floating in the tank in addition to exploring every inch. It's so much fun to watch.
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Old 11-30-2012, 11:48 AM   #5 
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It completely depends on the fish. I have 3 males in 3 different 10g tanks & a male in a 5.5, 3 of my 4 males are almost constantly moving while my CT is less active. IMO a 10g really gives a fully grown Betta room to swim, they can get up some speed. To me the tank is not empty as some people would have you believe. And there a few things you can add if you want more in the tank. I will be adding a Mystery Snail to my 2 tanks that don't currently have one just because I like them.
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Old 11-30-2012, 03:17 PM   #6 
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Again, thanks a lot everyone. I'm glad to hear that there is a very good chance my water won't be so devoid of movement.
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Old 11-30-2012, 03:36 PM   #7 
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I keep my Betta in a 10 gallon. There is a small section of my tank Carter does not enter. But Carter explores and reacts to me.
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Old 12-01-2012, 12:45 AM   #8 
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My betta is also in a 10 gallon and he uses all of it. It's fun to watch him swim all around since he's pretty active.
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It depends on the personality of the fish, his age, what decorations/plants you have in there, the temp..

Males aren't always as active as females - more work with the longer fins to swim about. But the younger the betta the more active he will be - and if he has a fair amount of decorations the more mental stimulation he will have. Even a 2-3 year old betta should still be quite active.

With a healthy betta in a warm tank with good food and things to look at/explore he should be plenty active in there. But a couple tank mates wouldn't be a bad thing if you went that way.
Carter is 2.5 years old and is very active.
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Old 12-01-2012, 02:44 PM   #10 
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If you have alot of plants/decor - he will probably be a bit more active then in a tank with just one tiny plant and a cave. However you can also add in some other fish to a 10G - corys are a popular choice but they need a group of 6? to feel secure. Snails are pretty neat too and shrimp but they may become snacks. Personally, I like snails myself but some are hermaphroites and will reproduce rather quickly. Others need a male and female and will lay a clutch of eggs while others will give birth to one live snail per day for several days. They poop alot though so a gravel vacume is a must if you dont already have one. They are pretty cheap - about $10 or so?

If I was doing 1 betta in a 10G, I would have 1 section of it with alot of silk or real plants - like a forest and have the other side more open with his house/cave/ect.

I have my 10G's divided 3 ways -so 3 males per tank

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