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Old 08-16-2010, 05:07 PM   #1 
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Question Too small for a permanet home?

I keep seeing a lot of people using these tanks as a permanet home for bettas. It's only one gallon which I've grown to think is too small for a betta home. But lots of people use them, including some of which I've seen on this website. What are your guys' opinions? I would like to have a tank on my desk again, but my 5 gallons just take up too much of my work space!

http://www.petco.com/product/104215/...t=FishFC_Tanks
http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...ductId=2752291
http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...ductId=2811522
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Old 08-16-2010, 05:54 PM   #2 
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Bettas can survive in a 1 gallon, like those tanks, but they won't thrive. They may become stressed and will most likely not live to their full life expectancy. Maybe you could find a nice two gallon? My local petsmart has 2.5 gallon fish bowls that look pretty small.
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Old 08-16-2010, 05:56 PM   #3 
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The last one was Chelle's home for 3 days, was too small and needed a 100% water change every other day. It is now the temporary home for Chiki while my 10g is getting cycled. IMHO, 1 gallon is torture for a Betta,
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Old 08-16-2010, 06:24 PM   #4 
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Bettas at least need a 2.5 gallon to thrive. A mini bow is good, but change the lights, most people buy them and the plastic melts.
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Old 08-16-2010, 06:30 PM   #5 
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I don't like to see bettas kept in anything less than 2 gallons as permanent housing. Yes breeders can and do keep their fish in smaller containers but honestly, do you want to keep your pet in a bare, small tank or do you want him to have a nice home where he can exercise and explore?

I would hope even breeders would treat their breeding stock with enough love to give them at least 2 gallons. Of course fry that are going to be sold eventually are a different story.
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Old 08-16-2010, 06:52 PM   #6 
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IMO/E-a Betta can thrive in 1g containers provided that proper water changes and care are made, however, neglect for a couple of days and you can end up with a unhealthy Betta that merely survives.

If you have a life, like: school, children, a job..etc.... I would not recommend anything smaller than 2g...and again, if neglected it will only survive if not suffer and die....

Regardless of tank size, filters, cycling...if you fail to care for the Betta properly the fish may only survive and not thrive.....

Regular water changes, water temp, a hiding place or plant and a good varied diet is all most fish ask....and if you are not willing or able to do this...then it doesn't matter what size the tank..it is just a matter of time.....in my opinion and experience......
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Old 08-16-2010, 07:22 PM   #7 
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i think the bigger tanks are better
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Old 08-16-2010, 07:24 PM   #8 
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I agree with everyone's opinion, as all my bettas have 3+ gallons. Does anyone have a recommendation of a 2 or more gallon tank, that won't take up a ton of room, and is pretty cheap? Much appreciated!
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Old 08-16-2010, 07:29 PM   #9 
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http://www.tomaquarium.com/prod_details.php?cat=31&p=39

http://www.tomaquarium.com/prod_details.php?cat=31&p=39

I have one of the 9.25g's. :)

Also,

http://www.petco.com/product/12031/P...t=OnSiteSearch

and

http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...ductId=2752730

http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...ductId=2752730

Petstore.com has a huge selection of similar tanks under the category of Reptile>Cages and Terraniums.
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Old 08-16-2010, 07:44 PM   #10 
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Im with Oldfishlady on this one. Tank size does not matter if you dont care for them properly. If you care for your betta properly, it should do fine in a 1gal tank, but only if you feed them, change the water, etc.
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