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Old 01-09-2010, 12:28 PM   #1 
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What kind tank should I get

I'm thinking of getting a male betta in a few weeks. What would be a good size for a bowl/tank? I need something that won't take up much space. Any help would be appreciated, thanks!
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He will need AT LEAST a 2 gallon bowl. But if you want to go with a filtered, lighted tank an eclipse 2 or a minibow 2.5 are great choices. They are very compact but still a good size for your betta.

If you just get a bowl you will need to do at least 2 water changes a week. One should be at least 20% and the other a full 100% so you can clean the gravel.

Either way you will need a heater. The Hydor Mini 7.5 Watt heater is a great choice for small tanks IMO.

Other things you will need are:
Silk plants.... plastic ones can tear fins so I would be VERY careful when looking at them and make sure there are no sharp edges.. your fish likes lots of hiding spots
gravel.... for a first timer this is usually the easiest substrate to deal with
A cave... this can be either a terra cotta pot or a resin cave from the petstore
Food... top fin, hikari bio- gold, aqueon are all great brands of pellet... freeze dried blood worms and brine shrimp as a treat
water conditioner... prime is the best IMO but any will work
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Thanks.
I was thinking of getting those kritter keepers about a 1-3 gallon and adding the heater,silk plants,and gravel.
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Old 01-09-2010, 12:52 PM   #4 
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That would work great. Just make sure you get the bigger one. Believe me a 1 gallon is more hassle than anything bc it needs DAILY water changes. You also might want to add a cave.. some bettas prefer to sleep in their caves then amongst the plants.

Mine prefer the plants but I've had one before that ONLY slept in his cave.
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Ok so I'll get him a 3 gallon Kritter Keeper, and I'll try to buy a small cave like ornament to go with his silk plants =]
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Just one more question... what size of the kritter keeper be a 3 gallon? Mini,small,medium,or large?
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I think its the large... you could try asking the petstore employee.. but they usually don't know what they're talking about.
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Large ok.
I'm excited because I already have a female betta and this is my fist male
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Old 01-09-2010, 01:39 PM   #9 
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Congrats. I'm a big fan of the males myself... I'm a sucker for their pretty tails
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Old 01-09-2010, 01:41 PM   #10 
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Yeah thats why I like bettas. They have beautiful tails and come in a lot of different colors =]
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