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Old 06-28-2014, 09:26 PM   #1 
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Question *Please Read!* Kritter Keepers?

Hello everyone.

I know this has been asked many times- by myself also.
But, are Kritter keepers truely worth paying like $15 for large ones?
It seems cheaper, and you do not need a filter, and if you buy a tank kit, you usually end up buying another filter anyway, but, are kritter keepers worth it?

Do they scratch easily? Can you use heaters in them? Filters?

Are they easy to clean?

If you have a Kritter Keeper, can you please post your setup, and how many gallons of water it holds, (About) And how expensive it was?

Thank you!!
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Old 06-28-2014, 10:38 PM   #2 
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I think the L one is worth it. Judging by how many plastic water jugs it takes to fill, it holds about 3 gallons, which isn't bad.

Upsides:
Inexpensive
Can use a heater
No issues cleaning

Downsides:
Scratches easily
Can be fragile - Check for cracks before buying, especially on the bottom.

No idea about the filter. I'm reluctant to use one in such a small tank, so instead I'm just very diligent with water changes.

I own an L Kritter Keeper, and I'd buy one again. I can't remember exactly how much it cost. Somewhere between $14 and $17. I don't run a filter in it, but I do have live plants and decorations.

Here is my setup:


It's zoomed in, so you can't see the edges. That is the whole thing, though.
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Old 06-28-2014, 10:46 PM   #3 
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Hi. I used to keep one of my fish in a kritter keeper. Personally I think they are a good starter tank or if you don't have a lot of money. the L size holds about 3 gallons. They are not the sturdiest tanks and scratch easier however the kritter keeper i had was over 10 years old and worked fine despite the scratches. You can use a heater. I have a 50watt heater and a 25watt heater in the tank over the time I had it and never had any issues. You can have a filter on it. I would suggest either a HOB (hand on back) or sponge filter. I personally didn't have a filter in my kritter keeper but i know of people how have used it

http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...fm?pcatid=9821

that would be a good filter to use.

They are also easy to clean.

Personally I do think they are worth the money because if you look at those small 1/4 gallon tanks for bettas that petco tries to sell, the kritter keeper is about the same price. They are listed as $13 where I live.

Heres a photo of my old set up before I replaced the tank.

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Seems nice! Maybe..
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Old 06-28-2014, 10:48 PM   #5 
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Don't other brands sell XL ones that hold up to 7.5 gallons?
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Old 06-28-2014, 10:49 PM   #6 
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I saw an XL of the same brand at my LFS, not sure on the gallon amount, though.
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Old 06-28-2014, 10:51 PM   #7 
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What's an LFS? Local Fish Store? :D
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Old 06-28-2014, 10:53 PM   #8 
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Yep.:)
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Old 06-28-2014, 10:55 PM   #9 
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Heh. Pardon my 'lack of lingo'. What watt heater do you use for you Kritter Keeper, hrutan?
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Old 06-29-2014, 12:00 AM   #10 
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25w. The wattage was recommended by another user, although I took an employee's advice about which brand to buy. Can't remember what it is off the top of my head, but it has adjustable temperature with a visible thermostat.

You'll still need a thermometer, however, to be sure that the settings are accurate and monitor the temperature of your tank.

EDIT: The heater cost $17, the thermometer cost $3. TOTALLY NECESSARY. Mr. Kitty went through a HUGE color and behavior change when his water warmed up. He turned an absurdly dark navy blue, and now he's jumping at food. It's clear that he's much happier. I felt like dirt that I hadn't taken care of that earlier, but I didn't know.

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