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Old 01-29-2013, 02:47 PM   #1 
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Question How big can a full-grown king Betta get?

Just wondering. I want to get one at petco someday... But from what I've read they need 10 gallons to themselves... Is this true? can I keep one on the divided side of a 10 gal.?

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Old 01-29-2013, 03:09 PM   #2 
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I have one in a 5.5 gallon Fluval Spec and he does just fine. He is about 2 1/2 inches long. He has plenty of plants and hiding places. I think he is pretty happy with his home. He has a marimo ball that he tries to push around.
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Cool. Thanks! :)
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Old 01-29-2013, 03:33 PM   #4 
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I have one in a 5.5 gallon Fluval Spec and he does just fine. He is about 2 1/2 inches long. He has plenty of plants and hiding places. I think he is pretty happy with his home. He has a marimo ball that he tries to push around.
Very cute, he pushes the Marimo ball... Fred just stares at it or "lean" on it.
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Very cute, he pushes the Marimo ball... Fred just stares at it or "lean" on it.
I will try to get some video. It's pretty funny. He tries to swim under the moss ball and wedge himself between the gravel and the ball. When he pushes it against the side of the tank or in the corner, he tries to wedge himself between the side and the ball. He does really weird things like that. My wife calls him a circus fish.
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Oh! please get vids!!! I MUST see this!!!
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Old 01-29-2013, 04:32 PM   #7 
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The smaller the tank means that the fish will more likely stay smaller. So while they might be able to be housed in a 5.5, if you are trying to grow a huge fish go with a larger tank. I would really recommend putting a giant in a divided tank. Not only do you then have to worry about two fish releasing growth stunting hormones, but if the divider fails the other fish would not stand a chance against an angry giant.
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I'm pretty sure mine is a King.
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Old 01-29-2013, 04:58 PM   #9 
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the biggest i've seen (online or in person) is 3.5 to 4 inches, but i've heard unconfirmed reports of bettas up to seven inches long.
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Old 01-29-2013, 05:01 PM   #10 
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Kings grow to about 3-3.5" if kept in optimal conditions.

More space means less water changes. 5 gallons, IMO is the absolute minimum tank size for a king. 10 gallons is preferred. If you want to put him in a 5, you will have to keep up with your water changes to keep him growing, like one every 4 days vs. every 7.
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