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Old 07-14-2011, 11:38 AM   #1 
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Considering Getting a betta and looking for thoughts/opinions and more!

I have recently been reminded of what stunning fish betta's are and am thinking about getting one. However, if I do, I wish to get everything perfect, obviously! I have been sulking around the forum reading up on the subject since although I have kept fish before Ive never specialised in a betta.

My first consideration is a tank, I know my sizes, i refuse to buy anything too small. Im presently torn between a nano cube and a more traditional hooded tank. Im looking to have a cycled tank for sure. Does anyone here have any experience with a nano cube? (the acrylic ones with adjustable arm lights) Or think that one is better than the other for a betta?

Im also trying to establish if I will actually be able to get the sort of betta I would like. Im hoping for a Crown. Ive been looking on places like aquabid, but I must admit im a little leery of shipping fish since I am actually in Britain. Ive never seen anything but veiled's in the shops local to me. Are there any reputable places like that, or private breeders I could contact if and when I am ready to find my little friend that are british based?

Any thoughts/hints/tips/advice would be rather welcome.
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Old 07-14-2011, 11:47 AM   #2 
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I know some uk people that have had good luck with this site
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Old 07-14-2011, 12:08 PM   #3 
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A lot of people on this forum have a different opinion on the minimum size an aquarium should be for a betta. The whole debate is set on whether the one gallon aquariums or the two and a half gallon aquariums should be the minimum size. I'd prefer that someone absorbs the thought that a two and a half gallon aquarium should be the minimum size because a one gallon is rather complicated to maintain, but I won't stop anyone who wants to try using a one gallon aquarium. However, I see that you've said you know the sizes so this should be targeted to those who don't know this (new users or guests). I'd prefer purchasing a tank that's more horizontal than vertical because bettas need to go to the surface eventually to get some air and the more vertical the tank is the harder it is to get to the surface. I've also heard that bettas move more horizontal than vertical (I'm not sure if this is true or not). This is why I'd prefer a horizontal hooded tank rather than a cube. I can't help you when it comes to the breeders since I'm across the world in America. There are many Crowntails over here (Isaiah is one) so I wouldn't know where to purchase one in Britain.
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Old 07-14-2011, 12:22 PM   #4 
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Tank size wise I point blank refuse to buy anything smaller than a 3.5 gallon tank. The nano that I was looking at is a 4 gallon (though if I can get a 5 I will) and the hooded is a 5 gallon.

What im wondering is if the one will a built in hood will restrict the airflow since the betta needs to breathe at the surface?
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Old 07-14-2011, 12:35 PM   #5 
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I would think as long as there is a source of air to the top of the tank, it should be fine.

Good for you doing your research before getting a betta! I am one of the ones who impulsed bought and came home with a betta in a 1g unfiltered. It's much cheaper to buy before fish, set it up and get everything you want/like in the first shot. Much more expensive when you have to replace everything haha

Good Luck!
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Old 07-14-2011, 02:54 PM   #6 
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If you get a 5 or 10 gallon you could split it and have 2 or 3 bettas... It really is hard to have just one! I want a 3rd so badly, but I am stopping myself at 2. Or at least I keep trying to tell myself that!
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Old 07-14-2011, 04:12 PM   #7 
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I know!! There are so many colours and variations that I like, but im trying to be good! Im a uni student and mother, so im trying to think of time and cost, as well as the fact I do have a four foot tank of coldwater fish to care for.

If its not too much more I may get a tank big enough for two with a divide but I do also have a 5/6 gallon bow fronted tank, but its minus a light, heater and filter atm, so its presently cheaper to buy a new set up than individual bits, but it does mean I have the option later of getting more :)

My hubby will prolly kill me if I get loads now..
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