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Old 09-09-2010, 11:42 PM   #1 
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What's your experience with a 1.5 gallon tank?

I had my first betta in one of these tanks since January:



He seemed okay, though I didn't think the little filter that came with it was very effective (and the air pump was noisy!). He's since been upgraded to a 10 gallon community tank. I noticed that some Betta owners on this forum have the same sort of tank, it seems like a popular one (I got mine from Petco).
What did/do you think of having a Betta in this size tank? Does your Betta seem happy? Do you find it easy to keep clean (my tank seemed to get dirty pretty quickly)? Do you use any kind of heater? I still have my old tank, and was considering maybe getting another Betta for it, but I wanted to make sure a Betta really can be happy in this size tank.

What are your thoughts?
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Old 09-10-2010, 12:19 AM   #2 
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I used to have my betta in a 1.5. It was more tall than wide though. I guess he was "fine" in it. The thing about 1.5 gallons is heating. Most mini heaters are made for 2g minimum. I live in CA and its starting to get cold so I put him in a 10 gallon. When I put my betta in the 10 gallon he became much more active and I got to see his finnage at its full potential. When he lived in the smaller tank he'd mostly sulk at the bottom or on his plant. Here are some pics
Before:
http://img810.imageshack.us/img810/6171/dscf5134.jpg
After:
http://img534.imageshack.us/img534/5822/0909001457e.jpg

As for cleaning, When he lived in his one gallon tank I cleaned it (100%) every 3-4 days. Now that he's in the planted 10 gallon I just do a 50% cleaning once a week.

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