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Old 12-21-2011, 07:57 PM   #1 
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Lightbulb Keeper gallon guide

(PLEASE MAKE THIS A STICKY!)

If you're like me, you like the simplicity of those plastic keepers, but hate that they don't tell you how many gallons of water they hold.

So I did the math on the three brands I usually see in the stores, and here's what it comes out to:

PETCO BRAND - PET KEEPERS
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LARGE 14.5" L X 8.75" W X 9.75" H ------------------------- 3.3 U.S. gallons
MEDIUM 11.75" L X 7.75" W X 8" H ---------------------------- 2 U.S. gallons


LEE'S KRITTER KEEPERS
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RECTANGLE XLARGE 15.9 x 9.4 x 12.5 inches ---------------------------- 5.1 U.S. gallons
RECTANGLE LARGE 14.5 x 8.8 x 9.6 inches ------------------------------ 3.3 U.S. gallons
RECTANGLE MEDIUM 11.9 x 7.8 x 8.1 inches ------------------------------ 2 U.S. gallons
ROUND LARGE 10.2 x 11.2 inches ----------------------------------------- 3 U.S. gallons


ALL LIVING THINGS CRITTER TOTES
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LARGE 14.5 L x 8.6 W x 9.6 H ------------------------------ 3.2 U.S. gallons
MEDIUM 11.75 L x 7.6 W x 8 H ------------------------------ 2 U.S. gallons


I only posted the ones that carry 2+ gallons, so if yours isn't listed, it's probably a good idea to upgrade!

If you know any other brands that I didn't list, let me know and I'll check them out and post them here.

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Old 12-30-2011, 06:31 PM   #2 
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Good info.
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Old 12-30-2011, 06:59 PM   #3 
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Very cool guide! I wish that I would have bought a Critter Keeper as my first tank! Would have saved me $20!
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Old 01-01-2012, 09:52 AM   #4 
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Great! I like the look of the Critter Keepers. :D
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Old 01-01-2012, 11:42 PM   #5 
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Thank you for making this sticky! It must be really helpful to a lot of new members!
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Old 01-02-2012, 02:37 PM   #6 
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Oh this is very helpful. I always thought mine held 2.5 gallons but it's really 2 gallons. Thanks!
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Old 01-02-2012, 04:12 PM   #7 
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I was nervous about switching to a critter keeper, but Ray seems to like it. I especially like it because it has it's own light and filter, and I found a little disk heater that I could fit in it easily.

What I was disappointed in was actually the aquarium sand I purchased seperately... It took forever to settle out, smelled horrible, and discolored Ray's lips and fins. I'll never buy it again.
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Old 01-02-2012, 09:41 PM   #8 
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Well that explains why the decorations I had in one petco keeper didn't fit when I moved the betta to a different one..though I was going a little nuts there for a minute. I thought they were all the same size
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Old 01-05-2012, 02:27 PM   #9 
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I have a question. How many gallons would you recommend for a perfect home for a just one Betta no other fish around?
2.5 gallons(aka aprox 10 litres) is it too much or enough? I don't wanna keep my fishy in a bowl T_T
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The 3 gallon Petco keeper is the perfect size for a betta! But, to answers your question a 2.5 gallon is a good size. A little small, but definitely not to big! I prefer to keep my bettas in 5 gallons. Though I do have one of my bettas in a 2.5!
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