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Old 01-24-2011, 07:39 PM   #1 
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Good Tank for Beginner Betta Owner?

Hi there,
I have been floating around these forums for a week and a bit since I got interested in owning a Betta.
I'm interested in purchasing a single male betta, so now I need to figure out the tanks and setups required.

This is the one I am currently looking at, and I would like some information from some betta veterans.
http://www.walmart.com/catalog/produ...ct_id=12177653

I'm going to need to purchase a heater, and probably a new filter since it's a 'power filter' and bettas need 'low flow'.

But aside from that, am I looking in the right direction or would you guys recommend something else entirely?

I'm looking to purchase a full kit and any comments or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. ♥
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Old 01-24-2011, 07:50 PM   #2 
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I own that tank and it is fine. As far a purchasing a new filter, you don't have to. Just baffle that one with an aquarium sponge/foam & rubber band. Like this:
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Old 01-24-2011, 09:40 PM   #3 
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I have that tank as well, it is nice. The filter was a bit strong, but it's nothing a sponge and lifting the intake a little cant fix.
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Old 01-25-2011, 01:05 AM   #4 
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by lifting the intake a little, how much do you mean :P
how far from the bottom surface of the tank should it be ?
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Old 01-25-2011, 01:15 AM   #5 
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I think I may purchase that tank. I'm starting to figure out that Bettas need more space than just a fish bowl? I feel guilty now and I feel like my Betta isn't as happy because of its space, haha. Maybe that's weird. Do you all know if a small bowl is unhealthy for the fish..?
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Old 01-25-2011, 02:17 AM   #6 
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I think I may purchase that tank. I'm starting to figure out that Bettas need more space than just a fish bowl? I feel guilty now and I feel like my Betta isn't as happy because of its space, haha. Maybe that's weird. Do you all know if a small bowl is unhealthy for the fish..?
Check out this thread. It says it best.

"The minimum tank size appropriate for a betta fish is perhaps one of the most controversial topics in betta fish husbandry. People see betta fish in tiny, unheated bowls in stores and assume that means such an environment is perfectly suitable. You could probably keep a dog alive if you left it confined to a tiny, cold closet, but you could never expect it to be healthy or thrive. The same holds true for betta fish."

It's nothing to feel guilty about. Most people are misinformed. The fact that betta's are constantly kept in small bowls in stores don't help either. You're learning more about your betta now, though, and that's great. :D
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Old 01-25-2011, 10:59 AM   #7 
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How small of a bowl are you talking about? I have one guy in a 2 gal glass drum bowl and two guys in 3 gal. squat glass bowls . Each bowl has a small internal filter, a submersible, adjustable 25 watt heater, drift wood & live plants and are cleaned multiple times a week. Yes, they are doing GREAT!!!

Matter of fact, the fish in my avatar (Hot Rod) is in one of the 3 gal. bowls. :)
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Old 01-25-2011, 01:27 PM   #8 
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Of course~ I hear 'bowl' and think of the tiny ones.
Whoops, haha. I should ask questions before assuming, next time.

Thanks for all of the input guys~♥
I'm going to pick up a Tetra 10 gallon today to get it all set up.
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Old 01-25-2011, 01:29 PM   #9 
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Cool! Yippy, good luck. :) Wish I had room for a 10 gallon, I would divide it for my 3 bettas, it would be great. Oh well. :P
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Old 01-25-2011, 04:48 PM   #10 
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Went out today and bought the tank with all the fixings.
Tetra 10 Gallon tank.
The last one available in the only store that sells Tetra in my city.

I spent more than I was planning on, but it was totally worth it.
I can't wait to go pick out a betta on Friday~♥

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