Originally Posted by Alanza
A while back I recieved two used 1 gallon fish tanks from two friends who used to have fish of their own. They decided against having more because their cat had kittens and they assumed that a fish wouldn't enjoy living in a house full of cats. I didn't think much of the tanks and never decided to use them until now. Reading on bettas helped me realize that they'd rather have a 2.5 gallon tank to call their home. Is it safe to place a betta in a 1 gallon tank until I can buy a 2.5 gallon tank with a filter and heater? Before I buy the betta I'll have to move to our new house which shouldn't be too far from now. We are waiting for our house to finally close. We gave them a deadline for the 21st of this month. I'm going to use this time to earn some money to get the 2.5 gallon with the filter and heater.
Unless you can get a heater for that one gallon, I would hold off on it! Heaters are very important. You can get away easily with not getting a filter, so perhaps hold back on that and get the tank quicker :)
Heaters for such small tanks arent easy to come by, either.
You can get a temporary home for a betta in a Rubbermaid-type bin (theyre cheap! :D Like 5 bucks for a smallish clear one. You can calculate the amount of gals by LxWxH/231 :3), it'd be easier to heat and you could get it as soon as you have the heater and bin. This should be a temp home though.
If youre moving, take that into consideration before buying. Would you be comfortable moving with the little fishie in your lap for the drive?
They sell 2.5 gals in glass at Petsmart for not too much, Id say under $10! (sans a lid..), try there! :D
ps. if you DO go ahead and use them, WASH THEM VERY VERY VERY WELL!! Icky things can be transferred... No soap or anything but hot hot (boiling almost even!) water!! Rinse and wipe them a million jillion times :P