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Old 10-22-2011, 05:30 PM   #11 
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I had a divided 3 gallon. NEVER again. Yuuki used to have the whole thing to himslef, then when I divided it he was so pissed off. You could tell. And then the little Rebel got across the divider and was shredded, 3 times. So now they each have their own 3 gallons. Yuuki loves the space, but Ryu isn't as active as Yuuki is. Eh, well.
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Old 10-22-2011, 06:02 PM   #12 
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Never do a 3 gallon. I myself would never be comfortable with dividing anything less than a 10, but I suppose 5 is OK. I find it rather funny, when I first joined this forum, the absolute minimum was 2.5 gallons. And now we have people asking If dividing a 3 is OK, and people keep bettas in 1 gallons. I realize all bettas are different and people sometimes don't have the space or money, and I don't begrudge them that, but if you can get 2.5 per betta, I don't see why you shouldn't.
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Old 10-22-2011, 07:24 PM   #13 
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My Akemi is in a 2 gal right now with no issues, it is planted and has rocks and a light, and she is perfectly happy
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Old 10-22-2011, 07:39 PM   #14 
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Dividing a 3 would give you awkward shapes I think and not really good swimming room.

For the 5 however I think that can be split alright. Just remember to keep the water clean :D
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Old 10-22-2011, 08:01 PM   #15 
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I believe each fish should have 2.5gallons or more. Five gallons are the smallest tank size that should be divided.
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Old 10-22-2011, 08:23 PM   #16 
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yeah i agree i think the limit that can be divided is a 4 or 5 gal, 4 being the lowest.
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Old 10-22-2011, 08:26 PM   #17 
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My betta who is in the 2.5 gallon is happy with it.... he has never been in anything larger and LOVES it :)

on the other side, my betta Pickle, I tried him in a 5 gallon and he shreded his fins, tried him in a 2.5 gallon after that healed up and again, he shredded his fins then sank to the bottom ina corner... some bettas do not like large tanks...

Then I have my 3 bettas who have fin damage/SBD?
Hercules was rescued after someone put him in a cup with another betta, after loosing almost all of his fins, I keep him in a 1.5 gallon with 100% water changes everyday
Fin was rescued with severe finrot... I got him with NO fins... he is in a 1.5 gallon, 100% water changes daily and has had great fin growth...

With bot Hercules and Fin, when I tried to upgrade them they stared tail biting, so they are perm. in 1.5 gallons

Then Hurrican.... he has SBD (for 3 months now) since I got him, I keep him in a 1 gallon with 100% water changes since he has trouble swimming

Then Flagg.... Flagg LOVES the 3 gallon he is in, but his fins are HUGE and weigh him down, I MAY downgrade him as a test to see if he has an easier time :(


There are circumstances where a betta has to be kept in smaller tanks.. though I personally like seeing a single betta in a 5 gallon... such a LOVELY sight!
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Old 10-22-2011, 08:34 PM   #18 
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As I said, some bettas are different, whether from diseases or stress. Although you can fix the Stress. I believe OFL made a thread about slowly upgrading tanks. I am a strong believer in the 1 inch of fish per gallon rule, for bettas, that is. Females tend to be smaller, so I believe 2 is all right. But males, think about it, decent sized ones get like at least 2.5 inches long, not with the tail.
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Old 10-22-2011, 08:47 PM   #19 
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As I said, some bettas are different, whether from diseases or stress. Although you can fix the Stress. I believe OFL made a thread about slowly upgrading tanks. I am a strong believer in the 1 inch of fish per gallon rule, for bettas, that is. Females tend to be smaller, so I believe 2 is all right. But males, think about it, decent sized ones get like at least 2.5 inches long, not with the tail.
I tried upgrading Pickle slowly.... though roma 1.5 gallon the next up I have is 2.5 gallon and he shreds his fins everytime he gets put in (tannis water, heated, 78-79)
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Old 10-22-2011, 08:58 PM   #20 
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I think what stresses a lot of bettas out in larger tanks is the fact that they are relatively sparsely decorated. I have a heck of a lot of decor in my 5 gallon (mostly silk plants with huge leaves, but some ornaments and live plants too) and my fish are never stressed by it. There's always somewhere to hide. Similar with my 16 gallon, which is very densely planted.

I won't deny that some bettas seem to prefer smaller tanks, but I think decor-density has a lot to do with it some of the time. :)
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