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Old 06-21-2011, 11:12 AM   #1 
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Neighbor Kids Want Bettas

Hey everyone!
The two kids that live next door (ages 10 and 6) each want a betta fish. Their parents are considering a couple divided tanks they saw at one of the local pet stores for two males. What do you think about these tanks for housing 2 fish.

Betta Bowfront Double Tank Kit
-6" back, 7.5" front, 3.25" sides, and 5.5" high
-0.5 gallons
-comes with a divider

Aqueon Betta Bowl Aquarium Kit
-8.5" long x 5.1" wide x 7" high
-1.5 gallons
-comes with a divider

Top Fin Bettascene Aquarium
-corner tank (triangle shape)
-10" long x 7" wide x 8" high
-1 gallon
-comes with a divider

Thank you again for your input!
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Old 06-21-2011, 11:33 AM   #2 
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None of those would be suitable for 2 bettas. The lowest they can go imo is 5 gallons, divided. Then each fish has 2.5 gallons worth to swim in. Otherwise there isn't enough space, not enough water to establish a cycle or keep the parematers stable.
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Old 06-21-2011, 11:38 AM   #3 
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Best to either get two 2.5g aquariums or one 10g and divide it. The first option that has only a half gallon isn't even suitable for one betta, let alone two. Two of the Aqueon betta bowls might work if they're willing to do water changes every day. Stress the importance of keeping the water clean when giving advice to the parents. It'll save the kids heartbreak when the bettas die of ammonia poisoning after two weeks.

Hope it all works out for them.
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Old 06-21-2011, 11:39 AM   #4 
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they are all too small to house two bettas. The ammonia build up would happen to quickly. The parents can get a 5 gallon kit at Walmart cheap ($30.00) and divide that. The bettas will have more room to swim and be happy as a "clam" lol they also need a heater, thermometer, silk or live plants (if males), and a hiding spot (cave, coffee mug, terra cotta pot, so on)....the bigger the tank the less water changes need to be done
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Old 06-21-2011, 11:41 AM   #5 
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Yep, they are way way too small
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Old 06-21-2011, 04:00 PM   #6 
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As everyone else has said, those are all quite too small to house 2 bettas. I learned that the hard way, and started out with 1 betta in a 1 gallon bowl, and he didn't last too long. :( It broke my sister's heart, as it was *her* fish. Now we have a new one and we are getting a 5 gallon tank for him. (: 5 gallons is VERY good for betta's, but they can also thrive in a 2.5 gal tank. So, long story short, it is well worth the money to get the 5 gal and divider for the 2 male bettas. It will save the children the heartbreak if the fish was to pass early on. Provided they also have a heater and regular water changes! (:
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Old 06-21-2011, 04:18 PM   #7 
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Purchase a 5 Gallon tank and divide it in two.

Reasons:
- More space for both of them, they'll be more active and happy
- Easier maintenance, you don't have to change the water as often as those little boxes
- Easier to heat: I hope you are aware of this
- They aren't as big as they sound and look much better (more decorations an such).
- Cheaper in the long run. Initial cost is more expensive, but you'll see that a cost:gallon ratio is much more in favour of larger tanks
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Old 06-21-2011, 04:19 PM   #8 
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Thanks for the advice. Seeing as they have two young kids, I'm going to assume they'll really only have time to change the water once a week. What would you say the smallest size tank they can get per betta (with and without a filter) to fit in their busy schedule?
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Old 06-21-2011, 04:22 PM   #9 
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If you only want to change the water once a week, then it MUST be filtered, and with two betta you're looking again at the split 5 Gallon tank. Do a 50% water change once a week. Though I personally would do a smaller one halfway through the week as well.

Long story short, the bigger the tank, the less work. Nasty chemicals will build up slower
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Old 06-21-2011, 04:24 PM   #10 
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As everyone said the safest you can go as far as small goes is 5 gallons but I would go ten gallons because then you'd only have to do 50% changes and 30% changes instead of 50% then 100%. It's also less stressful and gives the betta's both 5 gallons of space. Then each kid could also decorate their respective betta's side of the tank as they wanted. Stress that they wouldn't have to do as many waterchanges and less chance the kids would knock it over.
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