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Old 09-13-2011, 06:42 PM   #21 
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They tell me that too. It is total Bull.

But still, I think a Betta would appreciate a little more room to swim.

Lots of people on Yahoo! tell me that 1 Betta needs 5 gallons minimum, and they tell me I am a horrible fish keeper and that my fish will die.

Pfffff.....
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Old 09-13-2011, 07:00 PM   #22 
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Oh undivided I kept Lakitu in one. 1/5 gal is fine while sick or fresh-from-the-pet-store fish learn to swim with all their fins. I've seen bettas plunked into a giant tank after living in tiny tanks to grow up and they cannot even swim. You wanna talk about cruel! Some betta's even feel more secure in smaller spaces. I doubt a 5 gallon is crucial for the well being of a betta. I keep Laki in a 1 gal now and clean it every second day. Couldn't be happier.
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Old 09-13-2011, 07:07 PM   #23 
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I have a 2.5 and a 3 gallon. No one here said that you need a huge tank for happy bettas.
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Old 09-13-2011, 07:10 PM   #24 
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Man I hate tanks like that :/ [OP post]

I've never had a problem with my fish in larger tanks. My three currently are in 14/14/10 gallons and it doesn't stress them at all. [In fact my boy lost all problems after first moving to a 10 but he's a roamer] Not saying that they need quite that much room [I personally enjoy the larger size and lower maintenance] but I could never justify to myself anything under 2.5 gallons personally and 1 gallon as a final minimum if I had to. Yes I could keep the water clean but my fish explore so much and roam their whole tanks that I couldn't imagine keeping them so bored. But maybe that's just me.
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Old 09-13-2011, 07:17 PM   #25 
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3 gallon critter keepers are pretty cheap..easy to heat and give a betta a nice amount of room..but it doesn't take up much space. I love mine. A lot of the smaller kits cost more than bigger tank setups or about the same price sometimes. I think a lot of people buy those tiny divided tanks because they see the bettas on the box and they just don't know any better...
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Old 09-13-2011, 07:19 PM   #26 
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I know a pet shop that so far have good info(I know his right!!)!
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Old 09-13-2011, 07:19 PM   #27 
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Man I hate tanks like that :/ [OP post]

I've never had a problem with my fish in larger tanks. My three currently are in 14/14/10 gallons and it doesn't stress them at all. [In fact my boy lost all problems after first moving to a 10 but he's a roamer] Not saying that they need quite that much room [I personally enjoy the larger size and lower maintenance] but I could never justify to myself anything under 2.5 gallons personally and 1 gallon as a final minimum if I had to. Yes I could keep the water clean but my fish explore so much and roam their whole tanks that I couldn't imagine keeping them so bored. But maybe that's just me.
Nah, it's not just you, lol. I feel the same way. I tend not to get involved in such discussions on tank size in this forum because it seems that many here believe the small containers (less than or equal to 1g) are fine for them, and I wish not to ruffle any feathers.

My own personal minimum is 2.5 gallons. And the reason for that is space availability. I realize that it is entirely possible to keep tanks smaller than that clean and healthy for our bettas, provided maintenance is never slacked on. But having seen how inquisitive these creatures are and how much every one of the ones I've had seems to absolutely love swimming through all the nooks and crannies leads me to wonder how one could decorate a tank smaller than 2.5 enough to keep them entertained, when even I can't be next to my bettas 24/7 to make faces at them and talk to them...and I'm a stay at home mom and home all day.

To each his own, I'm not knocking what everyone else does. But those are my reasons for saying 2.5 gallons is a good minimum. ;)
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Old 09-13-2011, 07:21 PM   #28 
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:D I know, they tell me I am way overstocked.
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Old 09-13-2011, 07:22 PM   #29 
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Look at this one
http://www.petco.com/product/109885/...ttaHPFishTanks

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Old 09-13-2011, 07:55 PM   #30 
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Oh my gosh! It is not even half a gallon!!!!!!!

Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, OH MY GOSH.

How horrible. How utterly disgusting. Each fish gets .018 gallons.

:'( Poor Betta fish. So mistreated.
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