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Old 09-25-2013, 10:57 AM   #1 
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Small but nice betta tank

My betta tank is a 1.75 gallon "pet keeper" (like a kritter keeper). I know that is far below the minimum most people think is necessary for bettas. However, it is filtered (mechanical, chemical, and biological), cycled (ammonia, nitrites, and nitrites are all 0, I've been checking them every other night), and heated. It also has 5 small live anubias, 1 small live java fern, 1 small silk plant, and a ceramic hollow log for a hide out. My fishie is a female betta about 1.75 inches long and I think she is still growing. Is this a suitable home for her or should I bite the bullet and spend the $80 for a 5 gallon tank and a bigger heater and filter to go with it?
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Old 09-25-2013, 11:00 AM   #2 
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I think she will be fine for now. If you wanted to upgrade it can be pricey so this gives you some breathing room
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Old 09-25-2013, 11:01 AM   #3 
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Look on the local classifieds. I have heard stories of 80 gal tanks with heaters and filters for $30.
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Old 09-25-2013, 11:04 AM   #4 
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I got a 16 gallon with filter and 2 300w heaters for $25 on ebay.
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Old 09-25-2013, 07:38 PM   #5 
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You don't have to spend that much Petsmart and Walmart has some very nice cheap aquariums.


I tried this tank, was very nice but the it was dropped when delivered and the hood hinge was broke so I returned it.
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Old 09-27-2013, 11:12 AM   #6 
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You don't need to spend that much. Walmart has some nice deals on 5 gallon tanks. I also like to get big Kritter Keepers at Really good prices on equipment.
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Old 09-27-2013, 04:08 PM   #7 
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Okay, I totally second what the others have said, and I agree that I prefer no smaller than a 5, but a small tank kept clean is a perfectly good place for a betta. :)

My only quibble, you're not cycled. If you were cycled, you would have a nitrate reading. (this is the end of the cycle) Zero's across the board only happen if the tank is very heavily planted and then it's a silent cycle. Otherwise, you just have clean water, and the ammonia will start to go up immediately upon having a fish introduced.

More and more people are saying now that you *can* cycle a tank that small, but I've never done I really can't say anything there. :) Halyx has done some though, so they might be able to help. :)
Otherwise, if you don't want to cycle, you can just keep up with your weekly partial and 100% water changes and your guy should be happy and healthy. :)
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