Originally Posted by Ai Shimizu
Well, I'm new to the care of bettas and my dad already wants me to purchase a 10 gallon tank, but I don't know how expensive it may add up to be and how difficult it'd be to maintain a tank of that size. I never had plans to have more than a single betta at a time and I think that a 10 gallon tank would be too much for a single betta to live in. However, I'm new to bettas so I have no clue if it's a good idea to get a 10 gallon tank. How difficult would it be to maintain a tank of that size and how much would you estimate that it'd cost to maintain it? Can a single betta live in a tank of that size? I don't want to make the wrong steps that end up taking away the life of an innocent animal. If a single betta could get too stressed in a tank of that size I could always divide the tank into two and purchase another betta. That'll make both sides 5 gallons and I know that 5 gallons is plenty for a single betta. I'm just worried that I'll end a life that doesn't need or deserve to be ended.
I have two 10 gallons....one 5 gallon...one 2.5 gallon and soon to be another 2.5-3 gallon...
the 10 gallon is the easiest to keep in my opinion..and it was cheaper than the 5 gallon setup. My 5 gallon setup was about 30 dollars then I had to buy a heater so after heater it was about 45.00.
Petco has sales on their tanks every now and then..I got my 10gallon delux kit (included heater) for $38.99. All I had to buy were the plants and the sponge to baffle the filter.(already had my fish :P )
Of course all of this can be cheaper if you decide to buy used...thrift stores and craigslist have nice used tanks sometimes.. (i wasn't able to find any in my area).
One betta can live happily in a 10 gallon..If you get a 10 gallon you could also add a few tankmates.