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Old 01-01-2011, 12:46 PM   #1 
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HELP 1.5 gal too small?

so yesterday I moved my new king betta from his temporary 1/2 gallon critter keeper to a 1.5 gallon critter keeper. he seems happy, he's ALOT more active than in his smaller temporary home. plus, he's not that big, I've seen much larger kings. I will be doing a 30% and a 100% water change each week, and testing water quality, so as long as the water is kept clean is it ok? or do I need to get a bigger tank? thanks for your help!
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Old 01-01-2011, 12:49 PM   #2 
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Some will tell you that a 2.5 gallon is the minimum... I own two 1.5 gallon tanks, and I don't see the problem with it. It's really a matter of opinion as long as the water is kept clean :) You do what you want to!
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Old 01-01-2011, 12:50 PM   #3 
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You should be fine as long as you are wiling to keep up with the water changes... I would do 100% every 3 days at least. Monitor the ammonia and every time it reaches .25, do a change.
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Old 01-01-2011, 12:52 PM   #4 
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I've always read the min. for a King is 5 gallons. Not so much for the water quality, but that they are larger and get larger the other bettas.

I think 2.5 gallon is the min for bettas though, but that's me.
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Old 01-01-2011, 12:53 PM   #5 
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A 1.5 gallon is fine for a standard Betta. Since you're talking a King you MIGHT need to look at something a little bigger but that is further down the road as he grows.

You're really the best person to judge if he needs more space or not.
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Old 01-01-2011, 01:03 PM   #6 
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Agree with everyone. A 1.5g is okay, but a 2.5g or abouve is perfect
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Old 01-01-2011, 01:21 PM   #7 
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I think plakats and females appreciae more space as they don't have the long fins that hinder swimming. 1.5 gallons will be good for a half-moon but a king will like something bigger. My petco sells large critter keepers (looks like maybe 3 gal) for $10.
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Old 01-01-2011, 02:07 PM   #8 
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Whoops! Didn't notice it was a king! Definitely at least 5g.
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Old 01-01-2011, 02:13 PM   #9 
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Kings need more space since they're bigger, but 1.5 gallons is fine for a regular betta as long as you do the regular water changes.
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Old 01-01-2011, 02:32 PM   #10 
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thanks guys! i'm not trying to argue, you guys know what your doing but he's pretty small for a king, he's about the same size as an average betta, except he has short fins and a big body instead of a small body and long fins... so do you think it's OK?
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