Originally Posted by Sivan
Would this be a good tank then? http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...lickid=prod_cs
I am thinking of the 2.5g in case my apartment flat is too small for a 5g. How well does a filter work in a 2.5? I already have a 2.5 vertical hexagon but it has only an air pump. My last betta seemed to be happier in a more horizontal shaped tank.
I have this tank, except the "betta" version which is the exact same thing.
Light works well, but heats the tank up. So when it gets hot in my apartment, I cannot use the light because the light gets so hot that it will heat up the tank. (DO NOT make this as an excuse to dismiss the heater.) Although so far I have not had any electrical problems, rusting problems, etc and the light bulb lasts a good while.
The filter is WAY too strong. For my male, I don't bother using it at all... You will have to baffle it, but it is awkward to baffle, so I think using sponge on the INtake would be best. I have yet to do that and try it, though.
The tank is also kind of weirdly built... The filter takes up a huge amount of space. If I remove it in the tank, the tank is suddenly SO much bigger, but I tried this with my male and he got upset because he really enjoys hiding behind it... Also, it is much more vertical compared to horizontal. There's really not a lot of swimming across space.
It works great for my very small female and my small HMPK, but for most HMs or the normal 3 inch or so bettas they'd definitely be cramped.
The empty 2.5 gallons at PetSmart have way more space. Using a small filter in there would have way more room compared to these...
I only use them because it works because my two are very small compared to most bettas, and I got them for free. Hopefully they'll be upgraded to 5 gallons soon.
If you're willing to pay that much money, look at WalMart's Hawkeye 5 gallon. It is $25 and has EVERYTHING you need, plus has flourescent lighting! That is like the biggest thing ever to me, LOL!
Cycling is not required, it is more required for more delicate species of fish. BUT, if you DO cycle, it really helps the fish along. You will also have to do very frequent water changes until it cycles with your fish. Cycling minus fish means you just never change the water and add the ammonia daily, test every few days, and do a massive water change and add fish. It really doesn't take 6 weeks, a week or two for the filter to run, and probably about 3 weeks for it to be fully cycled, especially in 5 gallon.