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Old 04-17-2014, 03:33 PM   #1 
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Can a Betta live in a 5 gallons of water?

I divided a 15 gallon into 3 sections (the middle is empty since it's supposed to act as a "buffer zone") so the 2 Bettas will have a little more than 5 gallons each. My friend told me that you shouldn't keep them in that much water, though she never really told me why and I'm not really sure if she knows what she's talking about, no offense to her :)

Anyways, I've heard that they do better in larger tanks so I'm just kinda confused as to which one is correct. Thanks :)
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Old 04-17-2014, 03:36 PM   #2 
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Both my guys are in 5 gallons and both LOVE it
betta can SURVIVE in small tanks, they don't thrive :D

Kudos to you to get the information and want the best for your fishes :)
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Old 04-17-2014, 04:21 PM   #3 
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Bettas can live in anything really. My personal rule is nothing less than a gallon, but obviously more is better.

The only time more is not better is with some tail biters. Sometimes they get a little agoraphobic, and do much better in smaller tanks... But then, sometimes they bite in smaller tanks but not when they have more room.
5 gallons is a great size for a betta.
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Old 04-17-2014, 06:30 PM   #4 
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Thank you, glad to know I'm doing the right thing :)
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Old 04-17-2014, 10:03 PM   #5 
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To me, in most cases (not all, but my general rule), 5g's is the minimum, so I agree with the others, this sounds like a great set-up for your guys. :)
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Old 04-18-2014, 11:41 AM   #6 
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I think anything from 2.5 to 10 is optimal for bettas. My two guys are in 2.65 gallons and have plenty of space. Just depends on your space situation and what you want. I wouldn't go less than 2.5. Otherwise you're golden.
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Old 04-20-2014, 02:00 PM   #7 
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Both of my males live in a 5 gallon. I started out with a vase, that was before I knew better. Went from there to a 3, then settled on the five. I really think they do better in a five. I also have a 10 with 4 females and a steadily shrinking number of ghost shrimp.
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Old 04-21-2014, 05:43 AM   #8 
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The issue is not that 5g apiece is inadequate. That part's fine. But Betta usually like more floorspace and less depth. A double-divided 15g is kind of deep. Make sure to have some floating plants for them to hide in and sleep near the surface.
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Old 04-21-2014, 07:00 AM   #9 
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I never kept a betta in 2.5 gal lower. 2 of my past betta's lived 1 year (well the one is 1 and half a month.) S.I.P. Waro and Gem.
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Old 04-21-2014, 07:59 AM   #10 
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If it's a standard 15 then it's 24 inches long and 12 inches wide (same as a 20 high). A 15 high is 20x10 (same as a 10).
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