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Old 01-24-2013, 11:27 AM   #1 
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Question Looking for 2.5 Gallon Tank

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I'm upgrading my betta tank to a 2.5 gallon one and I'm trying to find the best one. I'm thinking about the Aqueon Aquarium Mini-Bowl 2.5. Can anyone recommend that one? Do you know if the filter is too strong/loud? I can always just not use it if it is and do manual water changes more often. Oh, and I know that one is for two bettas but I obviously would only be putting one in a 2.5. If you don't have that one, which ones would you recommend?

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Old 01-24-2013, 12:02 PM   #2 
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The 1 with a link, i have 1 and love it.
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Old 01-24-2013, 12:06 PM   #3 
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but i got mine used, so i had to buy the filter. its a whispers 1-3 gallon air pump gilter. but be careful about thelight in the tank, it grows green algea.
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Old 01-24-2013, 12:20 PM   #4 
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I have the mini-bow, but don't bother with the filter and do frequent water changes.

The light is pretty decent, for an incandesant.
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Old 01-24-2013, 12:21 PM   #5 
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2.5BT is one of the better ones IMO because it is more spacious and with lights and filter package.

However:
1. You may want to replace it with a Aqueon Day/Blue Light if you have plants. It is like a Flourescent tube light. So yes, you can have plants in this 2.5 BT. Otherwise the light that came with it will raise the temperature by 3F, and it might be a problem when you turn it off at night.
2. Muffle the filter if you are using it.
3. Check the acrylic tank, especially the circular seam spot at the bottom of the tank for cracks from manufacturing defects.
4. also, the Small filter is about $5 for 3/box on Amazon (Prime members has free shipping).

Oh, I upgraded from this tank to my 5.5g.
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Old 01-24-2013, 12:41 PM   #6 
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Thanks for the feedback :) Since I won't even be using the filter I am just going to buy a plain glass tank and make a mesh top with room for a heater. There shouldn't be a problem with having metal above the water, right? Sorry, I am just paranoid >.<

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Old 01-24-2013, 02:07 PM   #7 
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Also, another question, where do you guys keep your water for water changes? I usually just use plastic water bottles to hold the water but since I am going to need bigger containers I was thinking of buying gallon water containers at the store and filling them with water.
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If you have a Petsmart around CooperS, they have that tank on sale for $29.99
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Old 01-24-2013, 02:39 PM   #9 
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i use the glass vessel i used to keep my fish in, since i am usually doing 50% changes rather than 100. hmm, i think it would be OK to use those kind of water jugs that look like milk jugs, if that's what you're talking about? check the bottom of the container, it should say it's made of #2 (inside the recycling symbol) HDPE. i wouldn't use anything labeled #1 or made out of PET(E) or PVC etc. now that i think about it, if you have any oberweiss ice cream shops near you, they sell their milk in nice glass gallon jugs, which i think you can keep if you pay their deposit. those would be pretty sweet and last a long while!
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Old 01-24-2013, 02:48 PM   #10 
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Also, another question, where do you guys keep your water for water changes? I usually just use plastic water bottles to hold the water but since I am going to need bigger containers I was thinking of buying gallon water containers at the store and filling them with water.
i kept my 1g bottle, fill it with tap water, adjust hot and cold to match tank temp. of 78F using a thermometer, add Prime or Stress Coat+, shake, wait 5 mins, pour into tank.
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