Hello, I've been looking into buying a tank for my first Betta fish. I've been looking around at different starter kits, and the one that's really stuck out to me as the best for my money is the Fluval Chi 5 gallon. It's the only set that I've seen where people complain about the filter being too big/noisy or the tanks cracking. http://www.amazon.com/Fluval-Chi-Aqu...rds=fluval+chi
Has anyone else used this tank? What are your thoughts?
I have one that I picked up awhile back - it's a fairly decent little tank, but there are a few parts that probably aren't the best. The filter isn't bad at all; depending on how you set decor up on top it's anywhere from nearly silent to a easily audible trickle. The light's ok, but I'm not sure how it would do if you want to grow live plants other than those that do well under low light. Fluval wired the filter and lights together so that you manually have to turn the light on and off, so timers are a no-no if you want to run the filter all the time (which you need to do if you plan to cycle the tank). I'm not very impressed with the filter media, but it's livable and it'd be easy enough to adapt other media to fit.
Another point to consider is that the Chi is taller than it is long and that bettas typically appreciate a tank that is longer and/or deeper than it is tall. Heavier finned males may have issues with this tank, which could limit you to females or plakat males.
Thank you for the responses :) I was considering a lower water line so hopefully he wont jump out of the tank.
I'd like to put a few live plants, maybe in the middle of the tank. I'm still doing research on that.
I have a 5 gallon chi. I have no issues with it and my betta seems very happy. As far as plants I have low lights plants doing fine. I also have banana plants in there. I believe the banana plants require moderate light and they're surviing just fine. I dose once a week with ferts.