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Old 06-25-2013, 02:05 PM   #1 
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I have three Bettas in a 10 gallon tank right now(divided of course). I will be heading off to college in a little over a month and had the realization that I may not have the time and energy to clean out the tank as often as I need to. Now, when I came to this conclusion, I started to look for cheap one gallons to house each of them in and the MiniBow from Aqueon caught my eye. Then I saw the price...30 bucks, 24 with my employee discount! And then I need a heater, that's 14.40! Times that all by three and it adds up to a whopping $115.20!!! That's a lot for a new college student. And then on top of that, people have told me the 1 gallon may be too small! With all of this I have to seriously consider re-homing one of my fish, which i don't want to do. Does anyone know of any super cheap alternatives for me, or will I have to re-home one of my babies?
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Old 06-25-2013, 02:27 PM   #2 
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You also need to consider that 3 one gallon tanks are going to tank a lot more time and energy to maintain. You need to change the water in each of them every other day. So really the 10 gallon is going to be less work in the long run and way cheaper.
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Old 06-25-2013, 02:35 PM   #3 
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MY thing is, I'd have to run back and forth to fill the 10 gallon, whereas, I could quickly fill each 1 gallon in a few trips.
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Old 06-25-2013, 02:39 PM   #4 
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If you have 2 5g buckets you only need to make 2 trips; one to fill the new water bucket & a second to dump the used tank water.
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Old 06-25-2013, 02:59 PM   #5 
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I remember freshman year with my one betta. My room was at one end of the hallway, the restrooms were on the other side. Dx You could check your local craigslist for used Minibows. You can also check Walmart/Target for plastic totes. I use a sterilite show-off for my delta, it hardly bows. It comes in smaller sizes too. Check it for leaks/etc, and rinse the inside until the water runs clear. A piece of cardboard or craft mesh can be used as a lid and cut out as you want to fit heaters/filters. It sounds kinda ghetto, but I love it cause it works. xD Do you use any substrate for your tank? If it's possible, you could go with bare-bottom instead, and keep your 10g. Just spot clean with a turkey baster and then a water change, rather than going through everything to siphon debris.
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Old 06-25-2013, 03:54 PM   #6 
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10g may be a bit bulky and 5 gallons of water weigh 45lb. Pretty heavy to lug back and forth in a bucket. How about downsizing to a 5 gallon or a 3 gallon? Perhaps you could trade someone wanting to up size. You could take a 2 gallon bucket for water changes. That's a very manageable size. That way you can use the heater you already have.
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Old 06-25-2013, 08:12 PM   #7 
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I would take them in the ten and see how it goes. I spent about 3 to 5 hours a day in classes, and a few hours of homework each day. That's a maximum. There were plenty of days I did nothing.

Pretty good chance college is neither as work intensive, nor as tiring as you are anticipating. Just make their care a priority, and a part of your routine.
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Old 06-26-2013, 09:19 AM   #8 
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Is the tank cycled? If so then you don't have to haul THAT much water back and forth - maybe 3 gallons or so if you do about 25% water changes a week.

If you do go with 1 gallon tanks, you will be doing more work in the end because they require more water changes a week to keep the ammonia down.

In my college days, I had a goldfish and 2 snails in a 1 gallon Needless to say, it didnt live very long
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Old 06-27-2013, 12:20 PM   #9 
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I also work the days I don't have classes AND the times before or after class, so I'm quite busy.
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Old 06-27-2013, 12:36 PM   #10 
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I agree that it will actually be less work to maintain the 10g, if it's cycled. I wouldn't imagine it would be more than half an hour a week, at the very most. If you truly don't feel you have time for it, though, you may have to rehome.
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