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Old 09-16-2010, 06:05 PM   #1 
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What to keep with a Betta

I have an unused 2.5 gallon tank and am considering getting another Betta. The tank would be filtered and heated. Is there anything I could keep with a Betta in that size of tank?
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Old 09-17-2010, 02:30 AM   #2 
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Put a couple ghost shrimp in. If he doesn't eat them then they would be ok as they have almost no bio load and they are pretty entertaining.
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Old 09-17-2010, 11:01 PM   #3 
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If he doesn't eat them. :p In a 2.5 gallon tank it's recommended no tank mates as most of the time they end up eaten with no space to hide.
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Old 09-21-2010, 02:08 PM   #4 
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Yeah, there's just not enough space to give the betta his hiding places, and the shrimp their hiding spaces.
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Old 09-21-2010, 04:41 PM   #5 
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Yup, no tank mates for a 2.5....you need at least a 5 for shrimp and frogs, and at least a 10 for actual fish tankmates.

Also, I wouldn't bother with a filter in a 2.5...I'm pretty sure that's to small to cycle.
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Old 09-21-2010, 04:50 PM   #6 
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Also, I wouldn't bother with a filter in a 2.5...I'm pretty sure that's to small to cycle.
I disagree with that comment. Even if the tank never manages to hold a cycle a filter will keep the water clean and free of floating debris or organic matter. just make sure you get a gentle one that won't bother the poor dear.

Other then that you 'might' try the shrimp but other then that your betta will be happy alone in the 2.5

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Old 09-21-2010, 05:12 PM   #7 
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I disagree with that comment. Even if the tank never manages to hold a cycle a filter will keep the water clean and free of floating debris or organic matter. just make sure you get a gentle one that won't bother the poor dear.
Ahh, and I must disagree with you there. Lol xD IMHO/E there is no point in a filter unless your cycling...and there really shouldn't be any visible floating debris to be removed if you keep with the necessarily regular 2-3 times per week water changes, unless you go stirring up the substrate. Plus, its just one more thing to hassle with when doing water changes.

Its really a personal preference I suppose in those smaller tanks..xD Haha, just offering advice based on my experience, research, and opinions.
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*shrugs* Personal opinion and how often you want to do 100% water changes I suppose. With gravel and live plants that can get tricky constantly.

However whatever works best for the OP =D
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Ahh, yes, I can understand that. Haha, I can't even grow plants in a cycled tank, I wouldn't even want to try it in an uncycled! xD I can definitely see the need for a nice compact little filter then though...yay for fun plant debris :P
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my tank came with a filter, it's not a strong one though so it won't bother my betta.
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