That was one of my first tanks. I got it and wish I hadnt, at least for the price! It was an expensive tank but needlessly so. To be perfectly honest, its JUST an ok tank. Since you got is as a hand me down, the price isnt an issue but the quality is. The wires under the tank are more or less exposed so you need to be careful when rinsing it out, the port for the LED light is in a place that can easily get wet (and will* rust), the black lining at the top falls off and separates from the tank, it scratches easy and is generally just a meh tank!
For what its worth and the fact it was free- its fine. If you got the filter with it, even better. Those retail about $10 and arent too bad in (larger) tanks. IMO, the filter that comes with it is too big, doesnt do enough and might hurt the fish's fins because he cant get away.
Also, in a smaller tank like that, youll need to do more frequent water changes.
Walmart, surprisingly, has pretty decent tanks at good prices. Their tanks are fairly priced, even at larger sizes (actually, the bigger they are the better the price!) Here are some good tanks that are larger and you can probably use every last thing you got from your mom in!
A nice big 5g! I like this tank. Comes with a filter but its honestly too strong. If you use the filter from your mom's 1.5, its perrffecttt!http://www.walmart.com/ip/Tetra-Aqua...-Pets/12177653
Youll probably need a new heater (stronger)
This is a neat tank. I have an older version, but the new version is quite cool. Its got a cool bubbler (youtube it!)...the heater might work in this sized tank.
Also a good tank. Made of acryllic so its light. Comes with a filter thats too strong like the other one, but same solution!
Will probably need a stronger heater.
A cute tank, too, I know a few people with these. Not a bad price. Might not need a new heater for this sized tank:
All of these are seen in most walmarts and nearly all can have site to store! :)
The reason you would need a new heater in the bigger tanks is because the larger the volume of water, the less effective the heater is when its got a low wattage. Filters arent really important, either, but can be helpful in bigger tanks.
Welcome to the forum, best wishes.
Originally Posted by MissScarfbeard
Hey there all! I have a question about a tank, obviously. My mom is giving me a 1.5 gal tank as a hand me down because her own Betta, Fred, passed away earlier this year. I don't know which one it is, but I think it's either this one
or this one
Since it held a beta before it comes with a heater and a thermometer as well.
So my question is if anyone has one of these, and if it's a good tank or if I need to upgrade. All I have in my itty bitty town is a Walmart, so it will be difficult to get an amazing quality tank. I know the tank is small and I plan on upgrading at a time when I have the money to buy better quality.
This will be my first Betta, and I've been researching on this website for about a week now and am sure I want to do this. So any tank advice is greatly appreciated!