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Old 09-28-2014, 07:55 PM   #1 
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i have 2.5 gallon tank that formerly had 2 balloon belly mollies but the water perimeters were not good for them so i moved them to my 10 gallon tank. the 2.5 gallon tank was ment for bettas and has a divider so i can put 2 in. what are the parimeters for bettas? my concerns are the alkalinity and hardness. i know the answer for the nirite, nitrate, and ph. and what do i feed them?

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Old 09-28-2014, 08:00 PM   #2 
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first you cannot divide a 2.5 gallon tank between two bettas, regardless if it came with a divider. I mean fish companies sell .5 gallon tanks that come with a divider. You need to buy another tank asap. The bioload in the tank is too much right now. You'd have to be doing water changes every day. the smallest size tank you can divide is a 5 gallon but that is pushing it. I believe know what tank you are talking about - the Aqueon Betta Bow. I have the same tank BUT i only have one betta in each.

for alkalinity and hardness they can tolerate any number. same with ph. for ammonia and nitrite they should be 0. for nitrate it should never be more than 20-40ppm.
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Old 09-28-2014, 08:30 PM   #3 
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yes, and do they have a heater as well?
I feed my bettas New Life Spectrum small fish formula 2x a day with frozen blood worms as a treat maybe 2-3x a week. Remeber bettas have very tiny tummies! So try to feed them less than the size of their eye, and watch their tummys to see when they begin to look more rounded, thats when they are full. Its better to feed not enough then to feed too much and make them really bloated.
also have you looked at the basics to bettas thread(its named something like that) It should tell you all you need to know about their requirements.
lastly since I'm assuming your new to the forum welcome! And feel free to ask any questions!:)
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Old 09-28-2014, 08:32 PM   #4 
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It really isn't nice to the Betta to keep it in a 2.5 or smaller, and especially not two of them. I like to tell people that 2.5 is minimum for a Betta.

Bettas like pellets (good ingredients include fish and "meats") frozen or live brineshrimp and blood worms for their dinners! :D
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Old 09-28-2014, 09:11 PM   #5 
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yes i do own a heater and it is in the tank
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Old 09-28-2014, 09:12 PM   #6 
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okay great! When it comes to betta keeping, heaters are worth their weight in gold lolxD
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Old 09-28-2014, 09:13 PM   #7 
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and also ive heard that bettas dont move around often so maybe 1.25 gallons is enough for a betta? idk.
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Old 09-28-2014, 09:19 PM   #8 
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and one more question, do i need an oxygenator? or do they just gulp air from the surface?
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Old 09-28-2014, 09:34 PM   #9 
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I do not recommend 1.25 gallons at all I personally have a 10 gallon tank I am dividing in half for my boys, I am waiting for my divider to get here in the mail this week
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Bettas don't move around? you have been seriously miss informed. Bettas are extremely active fish when you are healthy.

You can technically keep a betta in a 1.5 gallon tank but i don't recommend it. You would need to change 100% of the water every other day. the smallest size I recommend is 2.5 gallons.

they do not an air stone because of their labyrinth organ and they breathe air from the surface.
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