Betta Fish Care  
Go Back   Betta Fish and Betta Fish Care > Betta Fish Care
Check out the eBook Betta Fish Care Made Easy
betta fish
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 12-25-2012, 10:05 PM   #11 
bryanacute
Member
 
bryanacute's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Mascoutah, Illinois.
You are willing to go over that amount, right?
bryanacute is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-25-2012, 10:21 PM   #12 
DragonFish
Member
 
DragonFish's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Batavia, IL
Ah! Well fantastic, you have a nice budget there then. ;)

Anyway, if you don't want a Kritter/Pet Keeper(which would be your cheapest option), then check and see what they've got on sale in the 2-2.5 gallon range(bigger is always better though of course....any particular reason for wanting the smaller tank?). I would go as close to 2 gallons as you can, 1 gallon is a little small as a long-term home with the exception of some special cases.
For something just at Petsmart, a Kritter/Pet Keeper is going to be the cheapest though.
Not sure what a standard glass 2.5 costs there, never looked myself...but though probably more expensive then a KK, I can't imagine is over $25 itself. xD If you're really against the KK, I'd go with that like FishyFishy suggested.

For a cheap cave or two, pick up some Terracotta/clay pots from your local craft store(I know, not Petsmart...but its really worth it. You can save several bucks here). Rinse them well under hot water, remove the tag, stuff a bit of filter sponge in he hold in the bottom or knock the bottom out completely and you have a nice cave or two for under a buck each. ;)
You can also use coffee mugs for caves as well. Just rinse it VERY VERY well in hot water and scrub it with a plain paper towel, then let it soak in boiling/near boiling water for a bit, just to make sure there is no harmful residue on it if you're using a used one. For a new one, just rinse it really well, maybe let it soak.

If you have a Petco around, I'm a big fan of their silk plants. I would suggest heading there for that instead of Petsmart if you can. In comparison to others I've seen, they're the nicest and fullest and a bit on the cheaper end.

Oh! Also, substrate.....a bag of gravel doesn't cost much, but if you're going for an unfilered/uncycled tank(which I assume you are in that size) then glass marbles are the way to go.....you can get a couple bags for your tank for like....$3 each at your local craft store as well, generally a little cheaper then the ones at Petsmart/Petco, but really the same thing.

I know not all my suggestions are from Petsmart....but I figure I'd toss them our there anyway. Even if you have to make a couple extra stops, saving a few bucks can never hurt right?
DragonFish is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-25-2012, 11:35 PM   #13 
bryanacute
Member
 
bryanacute's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2012
Location: Mascoutah, Illinois.
Sarah, my tank (Wonders) cost about $35. Or you can get one like Hades for $12.
bryanacute is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-25-2012, 11:59 PM   #14 
aemaki09
Member
 
aemaki09's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2012
Location: North Central, OH
SO I am almost positive that petsmart will pricematch.
Petco has an add for a 2.5 aqueon mini bow acrylic tank KIT for $20, print that out and bring that in with you and see if they will honor it (most stores do but some managers will not for some reason) that would be your best bet, it has everything you need with it other than the heater. I'm planning to go in tomorrow and grab 3 of those myself if they honor the price match.
aemaki09 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-26-2012, 10:24 AM   #15 
crowntaillove3
Member
 
crowntaillove3's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: the U.S.
Thanks for all of the helpfull advice! Off to petsmart!
crowntaillove3 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-26-2012, 10:26 AM   #16 
DragonFish
Member
 
DragonFish's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Batavia, IL
Best of luck! :)
DragonFish is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-26-2012, 10:30 AM   #17 
crowntaillove3
Member
 
crowntaillove3's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: the U.S.
I'll be sure to post a pic!
crowntaillove3 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-26-2012, 11:22 AM   #18 
crowntaillove3
Member
 
crowntaillove3's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: the U.S.
Quote:
Originally Posted by DragonFish View Post
Ah! Well fantastic, you have a nice budget there then. ;)

Anyway, if you don't want a Kritter/Pet Keeper(which would be your cheapest option), then check and see what they've got on sale in the 2-2.5 gallon range(bigger is always better though of course....any particular reason for wanting the smaller tank?). I would go as close to 2 gallons as you can, 1 gallon is a little small as a long-term home with the exception of some special cases.
For something just at Petsmart, a Kritter/Pet Keeper is going to be the cheapest though.
Not sure what a standard glass 2.5 costs there, never looked myself...but though probably more expensive then a KK, I can't imagine is over $25 itself. xD If you're really against the KK, I'd go with that like FishyFishy suggested.

For a cheap cave or two, pick up some Terracotta/clay pots from your local craft store(I know, not Petsmart...but its really worth it. You can save several bucks here). Rinse them well under hot water, remove the tag, stuff a bit of filter sponge in he hold in the bottom or knock the bottom out completely and you have a nice cave or two for under a buck each. ;)
You can also use coffee mugs for caves as well. Just rinse it VERY VERY well in hot water and scrub it with a plain paper towel, then let it soak in boiling/near boiling water for a bit, just to make sure there is no harmful residue on it if you're using a used one. For a new one, just rinse it really well, maybe let it soak.

If you have a Petco around, I'm a big fan of their silk plants. I would suggest heading there for that instead of Petsmart if you can. In comparison to others I've seen, they're the nicest and fullest and a bit on the cheaper end.

Oh! Also, substrate.....a bag of gravel doesn't cost much, but if you're going for an unfilered/uncycled tank(which I assume you are in that size) then glass marbles are the way to go.....you can get a couple bags for your tank for like....$3 each at your local craft store as well, generally a little cheaper then the ones at Petsmart/Petco, but really the same thing.

I know not all my suggestions are from Petsmart....but I figure I'd toss them our there anyway. Even if you have to make a couple extra stops, saving a few bucks can never hurt right?
I would be willing to get a tank up to 5 gallons...I only have a desk top space, and with heavy homework and projects, I kind of need space left over...
crowntaillove3 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-26-2012, 11:36 AM   #19 
DragonFish
Member
 
DragonFish's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Batavia, IL
Haha, gottcha. Space can be a little tight sometimes, I can completely understand. Not everyone can squeeze a 10-20 gallon somewhere. XD

5 gallons is a good size for a single betta though, and the footprint of most isn't all that much larger. Heck, I have three 5 gallons on my own desk! xD
If you can bump up the size to something closer to a 5 gallon its going to make things a LOT easier for you as you can filter and cycle at this size, which in the long term will cut you down to weekly partial 50% water changes rather then having to do 2-3 changes per week, including a 100%. Especially if you're a busy person, which it sounds like you are with all that homework and projects and such, this is really going to help you out in the long run.

At Petsmart, the Top fin 5.5 gallon kits that come with a hood/light and filter is a few bucks more at $30, but it looks like its on sale(at least online).
I'm not sure what a plain glass 5.5 costs, but the 10 it looks like is $14 so I'd say the 5.5 is going to run about the same/couple bucks cheaper, but you'd still need a hood and filter and such. Not sure if thats cheaper then the kit all together though.

If you'd be willing to stop by Petco, they're having their $1 per gallon sale now, which would put a regular glass 5.5 gallon at about $5. Then you've got PLENTY of leftovers for a hood/light and filter.

Oh! Also, if you'd be willing to head to Walmart, they have a 5 gallon kit thats around $20 or so. Its a really nice little Acrylic tank, which would be a little lighter then glass, though you'll want to replace the filter that comes with it. I just ordered one myself for Christmas, its very nice. :)
DragonFish is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 12-26-2012, 04:12 PM   #20 
crowntaillove3
Member
 
crowntaillove3's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2012
Location: the U.S.
My fish are now in their tank! I got a 2.5 gallon tank with a divider, so I purchased 2 fish; Fireheart and Spikefin, the crowntail males. The tank has red gravel and there are 2 fake plants in each side. The fish are swimming and they are happy to be home!
crowntaillove3 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
How do you choose??! Devotion Betta Chat 11 07-16-2011 08:12 AM
Which should I choose? baylee767 Betta Fish Contests 5 12-02-2010 11:45 AM
Which one to choose!!!! djflipside Betta Pictures 19 11-09-2010 07:22 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 10:21 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.