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Old 06-16-2010, 11:28 PM   #1 
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Two gallon aquarium

Soooo my bday is coming up :) and I am going to 'suggest' someone buy me a two gallon aquarium for a new betta. :D This is the sort of kit I have in mind:

So my questions are:
1) Are underground filters any good?
2) Are there any smaller fish I can have with the betta in a 2 gallon? I am assuming not.
3) The one gallons are really too small aren't they?

This would be a planted aquarium.

Also, on a side note, does any one else have problems finding places to hook up all the aquariums? lol
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Old 06-17-2010, 12:28 AM   #2 
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You'll be happier with that 2.5g , at the same price.

In a 2 gallon you can't have any extra fish :( but in a 5 gallon you can have an Oto fish or two which cleans algae off your tank and eats tiny algae drops you place in the water. The one gallons are kind of a joke, especially for planted tanks.

Plants I recommend (as a newbie to planted tanks and low light hardy plants)

Java Fern (Research how it can be planted/attached to decorations.)
Cryptocoryne's seem good and hardy.
Ludwigia/Wendetti's are good too :)
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Old 06-17-2010, 01:01 AM   #3 
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Hmm from what I understand a 5g is still too small to keep other fish in, especially Otos because they like to school with others. You'd need at least a 10 gallon for that. But I do like that 5 gallon tank, it's nice.
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Old 06-17-2010, 07:57 AM   #4 
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1 gallons are definitely too small for a betta. If you want other fish, you'd need to get a 10 gallon. The 2 gallon would work for a betta... but a betta alone.
I don't know that the lighting in that aquarium is going to be sufficient for live plants. I'm assuming it will come with an incandescent bulb. Not sure how small the tank lid is, but Idk if you'll find a bulb small enough wattage wise or size to fit.
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Old 06-17-2010, 01:02 PM   #5 
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I'll definitely have to look at the lid and lighting fixture before I buy it. On my others I've replaced the incandescent with compact fluorescent and that seems to work well. the plants are thriving.

Are underground filters good for betta? I vaguely remember having one as a kid but don't know how it worked. I dont' think I can have root plants but I could put some marimo balls, floating plants and anubias in at the least. And moss of course. gotta have moss! lol
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Old 06-17-2010, 01:29 PM   #6 
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i have a 2 gallon see pics here
i dont much like the ground "filter' & my betta dosnt seem to like the air bubble or light either ...i prefer the 2 or 3 gallon glass bowls myself ...
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