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Old 03-29-2013, 11:46 PM   #11 
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Potentially. Whatever catches my eye and needs rescuing I suppose :) I have no idea yet. Thank you for your advice!
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Old 03-29-2013, 11:53 PM   #12 
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the smallest we have any of ours in is 2 gallons. we have a 1g as an emergency hospital tank, and several pasta-sauce-sized jars, but those are only for holding plants till they're used, or for photo sessions.
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Old 03-30-2013, 02:41 AM   #13 
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I agree with others who stated that as long as water quality is good and they are warm, I won't attack anyone for anything 1 gal or over. But, I wouldn't put any of my guys into something smaller than a 5 gal. It's amazing watching them when they first go into a "big" tank. They swim back and forth, they explore...it's like a little kid getting out into the world for the first time. :)

One caveat to this though, you MUST have enough plant cover (silk or live) in a bigger tank to make them feel secure. Otherwise, they're miserable in the bigger tanks because they're afraid to go anywhere.

My 9 boys are currently in 10 gals each (20 gals divided for all), and the 6 girl sorority is going to a 20 gallon long once it's set up and they're all healthy/free from quarantine. :)
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Old 03-30-2013, 02:46 AM   #14 
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I'm actually getting a one gallon (I have now started buying them... Buying one just wasn't going to stop there!) and want to make sure I do it right.

So how often shall I change the water? I have had one before and it wasn't much hassle at all. I also have a 5 gallon and would it be okay to put them next to each other?
Lebron already gave you the water change rec's, but as for the tanks being together, I like keeping mine to where they can see each other. All of my guys live in divided tanks, because they really seem to enjoy the company of the other betta. :) They flare a bit every now and again, but if I remove one, the other sulks and gets depressed. (this is for all the tanks, there are nine currently housed in pairs/triples) And once his "neighbor" is returned, he's happy and bouncing around, eating better, not hiding, etc. so they really seem to enjoy having another fish to interact with. :)

Now, if they're flaring constantly, then you might need to put a paper between like Lebron said, at least part of the time. :)
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Old 03-30-2013, 06:24 PM   #15 
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Personally, i don't want to do more water changes than my 2.5g demands, so that is my lower limit. QT or hospital, I think a 1g tank is fine.

As I learn more and enjoy my planted tanks, I really want larger tanks. I have my eye on a 6.5g long tank, and I impulse bought a 12g long recently. The 6.5 will take the place of my 2.5 in the office. The 12g is going to be my fancy show tank at home.
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