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Old 02-25-2010, 07:59 PM   #1 
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Post how big should my tank be?

ok here is my delemma. i am getting a betta fish tomarrow and i dont have alot of space but i want my tank to be a helthy sise for 1 betta. can you help?
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Old 02-25-2010, 08:01 PM   #2 
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At least 2.5 gallons is best. Though 5 is even better :)
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Old 02-25-2010, 08:05 PM   #3 
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does it matter what shape the tank is?
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At least 2.5 gallons.. you also NEED to get a heater.. that is very important.

Shape doesn't really matter but horizontal is much better than vertical. Also spherical bowls can cause eye problems

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Old 02-25-2010, 08:11 PM   #5 
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so no circular tanks?
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circular is ok.. just not spherical.. like a ball shape. Personally prefer rectangular shaped tanks or bow front tanks.
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Old 02-26-2010, 04:49 AM   #7 
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Five gallon heated,filtered,cycled tank would be ideal. Saw a 6 gallon bookshelf tank the other day at Petco while shopping for foods. Would in my view be a very nice set up and doesn't take a lot of space. IMHO
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Old 02-26-2010, 05:19 PM   #8 
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5gallon is optimal. It's simply nicer to the betta fish if you want to be kind. The smaller the tank, the more you must take care of it.

1077, I thought Petco stopped selling those?
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Old 02-28-2010, 01:13 AM   #9 
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5gallon is optimal. It's simply nicer to the betta fish if you want to be kind. The smaller the tank, the more you must take care of it.

1077, I thought Petco stopped selling those?
I only saw the one six gallon so perhaps it was/is, last of what they had. I remember thinking that it would make a nice enviornment for a Betta ,but then I suppose there are those who would split it into thirds and any benefit the fish may have realized would have been lost.
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Old 02-28-2010, 10:33 AM   #10 
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I saw that 6 gallon bookshelf tank at my Petco the other day too. It looked really nice and came with everything I think. I believe the price was around $45.

Shemetz, I agree, a 5 gallon tank would be best. I had Tofu in a 2 gallon bowl that was unfiltered and it was a pain because I was always having to do complete water changes, and he just seemed unhappy.

I went to Walmart and picked up a 5 gallon tank set that came with a 5 gallon glass tank, the hood, light, and filter. And it was only $29.98 for the setup. All I needed to buy extra was the heater.
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