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Old 07-05-2013, 06:40 PM   #1 
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I need help!! Please!!!

I am purchasing 3 Betta's....2 as gifts for my 2 nieces, and 1 for my daughter. I have never had one before! I have been researching Betta's to the point of becoming obsessed with them...lol! My main issue is that I have to buy 3 tanks, and I want them to be good. Due to space, I don't want anything larger than 1.5-2 gallon ones. Every time I find one I like, I read the reviews. There are always negative ones that scare me off. Since I am buying 3 of everything, I am putting a lot of money in this. I don't want to buy 3 tanks only to find out that I have to replace them! Could y'all please give me some suggestions on good tanks for these beautiful fish I am getting??? I would appreciate any advise! Thank you!!
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Old 07-05-2013, 06:59 PM   #2 
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I have this qt tank i bought back in April, im trying to look for it right now. I been using it for so long now to QT my betta, the LED light has a switch perfect for kids to reach. I usually don't like having anything smaller than a 5 gallon but if this is what you really want/need in all honestly 5 gallons are E-A-S-Y to take care of. Less water changes but i'm still looking for my QT tank! I'm message you as soon as i find it!!!
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Old 07-05-2013, 07:00 PM   #3 
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I think this is the best little tank I ever did see. http://www.walmart.com/ip/GloFish-2....-Pets/20699333

I have 2 for my 2 bettas in my college dorm :)
It's perfect for small spaces bc it fits just right in the corner, and it is a 2.5 gl tank so it is great for the fish.

Also, I use a Hydor Theo 25 watt heater and it works like a charm keeping water at a steady 78 degrees (even when traveling and the tank isn't all the way full, it never over heats the water).
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Old 07-05-2013, 07:11 PM   #4 
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If money is an issue i would NOT recommend getting bettas because you need plants, gravel, good source of food, filter cartridges (changes weekly or every two weeks), http://www.walmart.com/ip/Tetra-Aqua...-Pets/10291810 this is a good tank but honestly i'd go for http://www.walmart.com/ip/Tetra-LED-...-Pets/20693135, water conditioners if you have tap water, or even just to clean the water, if they get sick you may need other medication, a thermometer, heater, hide out huts.. They are a huge task to take on. And for 3 times this, that is a lot of money to invest in. So please be aware of these things. http://www.bettafish.com/showthread.php?t=20058
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Old 07-05-2013, 07:16 PM   #5 
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You could buy the 5 gallon kit from walmart and divide it to save space for your nieces. It has an LED light which makes the bettas colors look very pretty, and it has a filter with an adjustable flow which is wonderful for their fins.
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Aqua-Cultu...-Pets/20693704

These are all good for a single betta.
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Tetra-LED-...-Pets/20693135
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Hawkeye-2-...-Pets/14660257
http://www.walmart.com/ip/Hawkeye-1....-Pets/14660256

If you're looking for a cheaper route you could do critter keepers
http://www.petco.com/product/12031/P...anksAquariums\
I have the medium and it's a little over 3 gallons and it fits on my nightstand with plenty of room for other stuff.
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Old 07-05-2013, 07:20 PM   #6 
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2 gallons is fine for a betta but it means 100% water changes every 2-4 days because ammonia builds up easier in smaller tanks, and water conditioner of course. A few silk or real plants for the tank, it's not a must but its highly recommended. (NO FAKE PLANTS!) < they could tear the bettas fins. Maybe a little cave also. Not sure if you want a shopping list but imma give you one anyway X3
You may wanna get 1 silk plant for each tank.
Gravel/rocks (Soak them before use!)
A little cave for hiding or sleeping in each tank.
A filter (if you get a filter I believe you can do like 50% water changes) for each tank
A thermometer for each tank (to me, this is a must have so you know the temperature, which has to be between 76-82)
A heater (depending on how hot it is where you are, but will need in winter no matter what) for each tank
Most people would say you need bloodworms and brine shrimp to feed your betta, and that other things are bad, but tetra betta pellets are okay. Just not flakes. 2-3 a day. I've fed milo this for like a month now and he is doing well and is healthy.
Water conditioner (I use topfin so that's the only one I have experienced)
And tanks. I haven't owned a 2 gallon before (only 2 ten gallons and a 75 gallon) so I haven't experienced owning fish in those, but I think if it is roomy enough with a light then it's fine. As long as it doesn't leak water O.O
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Old 07-05-2013, 07:34 PM   #7 
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2 gallons is fine for a betta but it means 100% water changes every 2-4 days because ammonia builds up easier in smaller tanks
I have a three gallon critter keeper and a two gallon hex that I do 50% changes in three times a week and that 5 gallon kit that I do a 50% once a week and once a month they both get 100%. The small, but reasonably sized tanks aren't as much work as some people make them out to be.

And I don't think she said money was an issue she just doesn't want to spend good money on a tank only to need to replace it.
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Old 07-05-2013, 07:39 PM   #8 
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I will give you a few links to some options
This is the heater I use and it works great http://m.petco.com/product/113622/Aq...m-Heaters.aspx

This is a 5 gallon tank that would take less room and a lot less money if you bought this and put a divider in:
http://m.petsmart.com/mt/www.petsmar...AvailInUS%2FNo

This is a good little cave that I use and my betta loves to rest on: http://m.petsmart.com/mt/www.petsmar...AvailInUS%2FNo

Silk plants: http://m.petco.com/product/118943/Pe...um-Plants.aspx
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Old 07-05-2013, 07:42 PM   #9 
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I have a three gallon critter keeper and a two gallon hex that I do 50% changes in three times a week and that 5 gallon kit that I do a 50% once a week and once a month they both get 100%. The small, but reasonably sized tanks aren't as much work as some people make them out to be.

And I don't think she said money was an issue she just doesn't want to spend good money on a tank only to need to replace it.
I was talking about unfiltered 2 gallon tanks, they need more work. You seem to be doing a good job with cleaning your tanks by the sound of it though! :)
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Old 07-05-2013, 07:48 PM   #10 
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Thanks everybody! Money is not an issue! I have done a lot of research, and I know pretty much what I am in for as far as supplies and cost. I am still learning about how to take care of the fish and water. Anyway, I will only be taking care of one fish and tank. The other two will be my sisters responsibility. I will buy all of the supplies and educate her on what to do along with giving her some good resources I have come across for her to read and reference because I am just now learning the basics. I just want a good tank, and I appreciate any other advise you want to share! Thanks!
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