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Old 09-20-2013, 12:43 PM   #1 
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Question Down sizing

So, I'm thinking about down sizing the Doctor's home.

When I first saw him, he was in a small, cubical shelf-like portion with a gigantic bubble nest.

Now he is in a 10 gallon and has not made a bubble nest at all... he darts around when I get close to him as if he is scared (there are a number of places for him to hide)

I was thinking about a smaller home like the Marina kit because I heard that many bettas like mine like those small homes..
I feel bad that his home will be small but if he is happy I will feel better...

Does anyone know what I could do?
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Old 09-20-2013, 12:54 PM   #2 
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IME, I've noticed some bettas can't seem to handle a lot of room. One of my last boys would pale, bite his fins and get stressed if he was put into, for example 5 gallons. I had to keep him in a 2.5 gal.
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Old 09-20-2013, 01:11 PM   #3 
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Is it cruel for me to get this for him?
I think he will be a lot more happier in it

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Old 09-20-2013, 01:22 PM   #4 
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Is it cruel for me to get this for him?
I think he will be a lot more happier in it

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A tank that size it just too small to maintain a stable temperature, and it would need a 100% water change every single day to prevent toxic ammonia levels. I would keep him in his current tank, but add lots of plants (silk or real) for him to hide in. As for bubblenesting, even dying bettas in deplorable conditions will create nests, while some never make one for their whole lives kept in a perfect environment. I would not use this behavior as a measure of your fish's happiness.
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Old 09-20-2013, 01:36 PM   #5 
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Well, I wasn't using that fact entirely. He seems stressed.. I will go out and invest in a lot more plants...
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Old 09-20-2013, 02:48 PM   #6 
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Yes, the more plants the happies he will be. They do fine in bigger spaces just not bigger open spaces. Caves and sporadic plants just don't work. They like heavy cover.
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Old 09-20-2013, 03:31 PM   #7 
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There is nothing wrong with downsizing if you think your betta will be happier. However, the Marina tank is simply too small. Try getting extra plants first, but if he still seems stressed, there are many options out there for tanks between 2 and 5 gallons.
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Old 09-20-2013, 04:27 PM   #8 
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I agree, I would skip anything less than a gallon for swimming room and temperature control, but he would probably be happy in 2.5 gallons with lots of plants!
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Old 09-20-2013, 06:49 PM   #9 
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I got a big Cherry Blossom bonsai tree decor that he absolutely loves.
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Old 09-20-2013, 06:53 PM   #10 
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Yeah it's not so much about the space but about how much open space their is. Betta's live in their natural environment with LOTS of tall, grassy plants and don't really have too much open space. So it's in their nature to not like anything big and open. So you could take the same betta with a very open 10 gallon and have it be very uncomfortable but if you put it into a heavily planted 46 gallon, he'll love it! It's all about how many plants are in there and how much open space.

So yes, it's going to be so much easier for you to get more plants and fill up the space than to get a smaller tank, especially if this tank already has it's cycle going and finished. It'd be silly honestly to downsize, would probably cost more actually than just getting some plants. They love to swim in and out of plants so grassy things are always appreciated ^_^
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