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Old 10-06-2011, 01:36 PM   #1 
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Question Had some question about my tank

Hey i am new to the forum. I was wondering if my 1.5 gal tank is too cramped for my betta Wilfred. As you can see from the pics i have one decoration and a anubias plant and also a heater. I know that 1.5 gal is somewhat small but i plan to get a larger tank when i get a job lol. I just wanted some feedback on my tank. I was also looking into ghost shrimp, possibly..? any advice and feedback would be nice.



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Old 10-06-2011, 02:19 PM   #2 
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Welcome to the forum....and what a cute setup....love how you have decorated and it looks plenty big......

IMO/E the 1.5gal is fine to keep adult long fin males long term-provided that you maintain water quality by making proper water changes...that being...

In 1.5gal unfiltered-twice weekly...1-50% and 1-100%.....

You may or may not be able to keep ghost shrimp-as far as bioload...you will be fine...its up to him if he will allow them to live or not....every Betta can be different in their tolerance...some kill/eat them and others don't and some tolerate them today and not tomorrow......lol.....

Lovely Betta by the way...nice find.....
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Old 10-06-2011, 02:28 PM   #3 
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Yeah as OFL said, your Betta might use the Ghost shrimp as a tasty snack. . So I wouldn't recommend it, but it's really up to you. Since the Ghost shrimp has no where to hide, he'll be an easy target if your Betta gets hungry.
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Old 10-06-2011, 02:35 PM   #4 
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I had seen one betta, who was with glass shrimp and ghost shrimp. He killed every last one of the ghost shrimp (not even as snacks, just left as murder victims) and luckily the glass shrimp wised up to him and avoided him...

Then again there are bettas who "don't care" :) But in a 1.5 gallon I'd recommend just the betta by himself... Because like OFL the bio-load may be too much. And in smaller quarters, he is more likely to kill them than in a bigger tank :)

Very pretty tank though!! My friend has her betta Boots, in a 1.5 gallon because he hates bigger tanks... So I think your tank is just fine.
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Old 10-06-2011, 03:21 PM   #5 
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Cute setup! There is SO much debate around proper tank size. I personally feel, with proper cleanings it will be okay. Then you have people argue that a larger tank is easier to maintain bc of filtering and less changes.. I kept a smaller than 1 gal and a 1 gal for like 3 months before upping to the one I have now and I kept it clean every 2 days.

If you get some Indian Almond Leaves you can mimic a better water quality for him with all the water changes. The tannins realeaed from the leaf will make his slime coat stronger (they use it for actual fighting fish in Asia) and will tan the water much like he should have anyway.

Anyway, Your tank seems fine to me! Lovely fishie!
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Old 10-06-2011, 03:24 PM   #6 
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Agreed :) yeah I have 2 gallon bowls, a 1 gallon container (treatment of Sasuke right now), 3 gallon tank, 2 ten gallons and a 20. I agree it's easier to clean 10 gallons and such... But the smaller ones are okay wry proper care!! :) my room is sweltering (oh but THEY love it) because not everyone has heaters... Now they don't need it -.- lol
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Old 10-06-2011, 04:55 PM   #7 
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Great! thanks for all of the feedback. =)
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