I have been stuck at the office all day (don't become a lawyer, kids!), so I am entertaining myself on breaks by comparing tanks. I currently want to replace both tanks I have that are under 5 gallons. They will become grow out and show tanks with shrimp, at home.
My most important requirement (aside from the bettas liking it) is that I be able to support plant growth with the stock light, or a reasonably priced upgrade.
If I get into one of those situations where I have to change or modify both the filter and light, then I may as well just get a pair of Mr. Aqua 6.5g bookshelf tanks (available soon on Marine Depot, I hear), and put together the package I want.
What do you think, O Wise and Thoughtful Betta Forum?
Since I prefer longer tanks over higher tanks, I'd go with the third one but the reviews state the lighting is not what you require. So I'd wait to buy the Mr. Aqua that you mentioned, those things are gorgeous and you can get what you want/need as far as lighting.
I'd highly recommend the Fluval Spec V
Bettas prefer horizontal movement over veritcal movement since it is easier to go up for air.
You can plant low light plants in this tank, it's beautiful and useful.
The only problems that may occur is that the current from the filter is too strong, but that's an easy fix and if you need help with that please feel free to contact me and I'll direct you to some threads that have managed to solve this problem.
Wow those are all great tanks. I have the spec V and the ebi. I love both of them. The spec's light grows any plant I put in there. The filter is easily baffled. My betta loves it. I have three shrimp in there as well. This is my favorite tank, and I have lots! (I am a tank junkie, I like to try out all different kinds.)
I also love the ebi but I HATE the filter. I cannot stop the constant annoying rattling sound it makes. I've tried everything, believe me. I wouldve expected more from Fluval. I have the fluval U3 and it is SILENT. Not so the nano filter that comes with the ebi. I went online and seems that many others have this are issue. so just a heads up on that. I'm planning to replace the filter, and everything else about the tank I love.