Hey guys, I already have one Betta and he is in a 3 gallon tank. He seems to have plenty of room to swim around and is very active. I want to get one more Betta at some point and I was just wondering what the best tanks were at roughly the same size. I prefer 3-4 gallons due to space, I live in a smallish apartment so I want to get him something decent sized but not too big, and I don't want two identical tanks. Lowest i would go is probably 2.5, 5 gallons at most. Hopefully somewhere in the middle. Any suggestions would be awesome.
There are lots of options but we don't know what you currently have. Is it rectangle, octagon, cresent? I have a Top Fin 5.5g rectangular which I love, I also have Marineland Crescent 5g which I also love. Additionally the fish seem happy. Here are links to both:
Thanks for the links. My current Betta is in a 3 gallon that I got at Walmart. It's cylindrical with an under gravel filter. It's not as big as some people on here would like but he seems happy and is very active, I never see him lethargic or stressed. Im just looking for something different for the new betta whenever I get the funds to get him and his setup. Thanks for the options. I like the overall look of the 5.5 quite a bit.
An alternative route you could go is a divided tank. Petco has a 6.6 bookshelf tank, which when divided, would give each betta 3.3 gallons. I have a 10 gallon divided tank, currently divided in half so each betta has 5 gallons, but I have a baby waiting to be big enough to move in, so it would be divided again and each betta would have 3.3 gallons. Though I plan on giving my older male 3.4, which isn't much more, but is just a little bigger. He gets more space because he's easily 3 times the size of my other betta that's already sharing the tank with him. :)
Depending on what tank you already have, there are a lot of options. One tank I recommend is a Marina 360 degree tank. It's 2.65 gallons, so it is on the smaller size, but it looks gorgeous and my betta loved it. I also use Kritter Keepers as tanks. My baby betta currently lives in one. My LFS had a 4 gallon drum bowl. It's huge! It looks very cool once it's set up. It looks like a typical "goldfish" bowl, but it's 4 gallons rather than 1 like the typical "goldfish" bowls. I have pictures of all of my tanks, if you would like to see them.
I really recommend either the Marina, 4 gallon drum, or a divided tank. The Marina is small and takes up little space. The drum bowl is huge but takes up little space. A divided tank would take up the least amount of space, as you could put both fish in one tank with a divider. It would mean you only have one tank to care for, and you don't have two tanks in different places, taking up space. :) Unless you're like me and figure that having a divided tank frees up the old one, and the tank simply looks empty without a fish in it. I wound up buying a baby.
I also had a marineland hex, which is nice cause it has a good light, and biowheel filter built into the hood. However, personally I did not like the tank - nothing wrong with the tank itself, I just didn't like the hex design. With all the sides, it seems to distort the view a bit. Plus I dont like tall tanks. However, if you only have a small amount of space - they are a good choice. Anyways, it ended up getting busted when I moved out of Alaska so I got a normal rectangle 5G from petco.
I also had an aqueon bowfront. It found it at a 2nd hand shop for $12. Not sure if it was a 5G or 2.5G - it was a few years ago. Other then being a bit scrateced up, I liked it.
EDIT - it looks a bit small for a 5G but they do come in that size.
Sadly, I killed the fish by listining to some idiot at petco who told me to never change the water if you have a filter. That and I didnt know about water conditioner. ALaska water was nasty to drink, probably not to good for a fish to live in either.
Here is my hex - sort of, on the right. One on the left is a hawkeye 1G.
I have a standard Petco 2.5g, an Evolve 4, and a Deep Blue Professional Betta 5. They all have their pros and cons. I really like the length and shallowness of the DBP. The Evolve keeps everything contained in the rear sump, for a cleaner looking tank (also, it was inexpensive), but the light probably isn't going to be strong enough for my plants. The 2.5 with a CFL desk light is my easiest tank, just chugs along. However, I think it is a bit small and am looking at 6 gallons for an upgrade.