Betta Fish Care  
Go Back   Betta Fish and Betta Fish Care > Betta Chat
Check out the eBook Betta Fish Care Made Easy
betta fish
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 03-18-2011, 12:46 AM   #1 
CrowntailxKing
Member
 
CrowntailxKing's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Indiana
Suggested tank sizes

Hey all, I just joined up on this site and I am still a little new to things. As my profile says, I am pretty new to owning Betta fish, but I am already "hooked" on the fish (heh...fish hooking humans...if that isn't something!). Anyways, right now my setup is as follows: 2.5 gallon tank with two dividers (to make 3 separate rooms) for my 2 females and my male. Right now I have one female, Jenny, on the far left with a filter on her side. Lief, my male, is in the middle with a live plant and a Styrofoam cup cut in half so he has a little floating grotto (and yes, he has access to the surface for air). On the right side is Rapunzel, my newest addition to the family, with a mini heater buried under her side. The thermometer is on Jenny's side and reads a solid 80 degrees. I was wondering if that was alright to keep them divided like that, or if that was too small of a space for each of them. I made sure that their decorations did not crowd them too much, but Lief often gets caught in the Money-wort plant I got him (it doesnt seem to be doing him any harm...he still has plenty of room to swim around, but its when he is flaring at one of the females that he sometimes gets a little stuck). Anyways, I am hoping to get a halfmoon male soon and will move Lief into a 5 gallon tank (split in half) to share with the halfmoon. Any suggestions or comments?
CrowntailxKing is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-18-2011, 01:12 AM   #2 
CrowntailxKing
Member
 
CrowntailxKing's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Indiana
Oh, also, I was wondering if I moved my male and removed the barriers, would the 2.5 gallon aquarium be too small for 5 females? The ones I have right now are pretty small.
CrowntailxKing is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-18-2011, 01:25 AM   #3 
Arashi Takamine
Member
 
Arashi Takamine's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Cerulean City.
It's too small devided. It's also way too small for five females. It'd be fine for the three you have now but way too small devided. I'm sure more of a veteran will come along...
Arashi Takamine is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-18-2011, 01:32 AM   #4 
CrowntailxKing
Member
 
CrowntailxKing's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Indiana
I figured it would be too small for 5 females, but I thought I'd ask anyways lol. One female seems to be fine with the small space, while the other seems only ok with it. I think Jenny might be kind of crowded with a fake plant, a fake rock, and the filter...I will take the rock out. The main plan at first was to breed her and Lief together, so I needed a hiding spot for her...so I put it in there for her to get used to, but I dont see them breeding anytime soon (as I think Lief may be past his prime...he was a pet store Betta). At first, before I bought Rapunzel, I had one area sectioned off for Jenny, and Lief swam around the rest of the tank enjoying himself and flaring nearly nonstop at Jenny...but now he is stuck between the two females. He now averts most, probably all, of his attention to Rapunzel and flares his gills at her and nearly ignores Jenny. Does this mean he is attracted to Rapunzel, or does he dislike her more? haha...she is red, so she is brighter than Jenny who is blue and black.
CrowntailxKing is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-18-2011, 01:40 AM   #5 
Arashi Takamine
Member
 
Arashi Takamine's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Cerulean City.
Hmm it could just be he's trying to show off. If he was attracted to her and wanted to mate he would have began building a bubble nest I think. If you are planning on breeding still I'd give them a chance to adjust. As long as they're not overly stressed I think they'll be okay. It might work out better depending on the length of your tank. As long as they're comfortable. It sounds like aside from Jenny being a little stressed that your doing pretty well.
Arashi Takamine is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-18-2011, 01:47 AM   #6 
CrowntailxKing
Member
 
CrowntailxKing's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Indiana
I dont really think breeding would actually be a very good idea right now anyways. I wouldnt be able to watch them and dont have adequate space to separate all the fry. I wouldn't want to breed simply for my own amusement and end up killing them all...Im not THAT heartless ;) I did, however, take into consideration to ask the local pet stores if I could surrender most of the mature fry to them and they, of course, said yes...but like I said, I don't have the adequate spacing for them all right now. *sigh* In the future though, maybe when I get my own apartment :)
CrowntailxKing is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-18-2011, 11:15 AM   #7 
danifacetastic
Member
 
danifacetastic's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: North Carolina.
The suggested minimum for bettas are 2.5 gallons a piece but they can survive in 1 gallon if you do water changes every day. If you currently have three I'd reccomend getting a 5 gallon for your 2 females and leaving your male in the 2.5 or getting a 10 gallon and starting a sorority or you could divide the 10 gallon into 3 but a 2.5 is way too small to be divided 3 ways.

And also so you know I used to have my two boys in their own one gallon tanks. I thought they were okay until I bought a 10 gallon and divided it in three and got another betta. Now they're happier than ever. It really does make a difference.
danifacetastic is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-18-2011, 11:37 AM   #8 
Sweeda88
Member
 
Sweeda88's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Minnesota, USA
For males, I suggest at least 2.5 gallons, and for females, at least 1 gallon. Females are quite a bit smaller, so if you go by the one inch of fish per gallon rule, they don't need as much space.
Sweeda88 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-18-2011, 01:14 PM   #9 
turtle10
Member
 
turtle10's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Austin, Texas
2.5 gallons for three males is much too small. Only one fish can live in 2.5 gallons, IMO. For a sorority, I would say 10 gallons, heavily planted as the minimum.
turtle10 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-18-2011, 01:21 PM   #10 
Sweeda88
Member
 
Sweeda88's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Minnesota, USA
I was talking about PER FISH.
Sweeda88 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Betta Tank Sizes... RainbowIsland Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories 5 01-12-2011 06:20 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:42 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.