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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 11-30-2018, 07:26 AM Thread Starter
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1-2 Gallon Tanks, Bowls & Vases

Several years ago member Sena started a thread on 1-2 gallon tanks. She introduced it by stating:

I have noticed for the time I have been on here there has been a constant heated debate about tank size - and do you know what that really causes? People who NEED our help to be deterred because they feel that they might be frowned upon by others. Why? Because in their time of need some people feel the urge to complicate things by constantly pushing about tank size or temperature. I think it is time for people to come forth, and not give a flying rat's toot about what others think.

So for this thread, just drop the squabble in the chicken coop, and share our 1-2 gallons.

Your Moderators have decided this thread needs to be revived and made a sticky in appreciation of those who undertake the challenges of smaller habitats. The original thread is the link below and we invite you to take a look. As that thread has been closed, we urge you to share your smaller bowls, tanks and vases in this one.

Feel free to share your challenges and ask questions.

We know that everyone has an opinion on what is a proper Betta habitat; especially when it comes to vases and bowls and how many gallons are a minimum. However, please leave the criticism and personal attacks out of this thread.

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I will start:

My two-gallon vases with Anubias heterophylla. Heated with Hydor 25 watt.

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I have all sorts of tanks ranging in size from 1 gallon- 20gallons. I think 1.5-2 gallons is smallest Id go long term for an adult betta. I guess it depends on the bettas size . My Petco bettas I got as babies are on the smaller side. I have tried a betta in a 20 but he didn’t live long but I suspect he was ill. It seemed like a lot of tank for him. I have a Koi betta in a 10 seems to be working for him. If I get in a jam (which usually means I bought another fish lol) I have a 2 gallon crystal wine/ice bucket I use lol. I don’t notice too much of a difference between my 1.5, 2, and 3 in terms of water quality but cycled and I change water very often and use Prime. I need to take some new photos of my many tanks, maybe this weekend !
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I will start:

My two-gallon vases with Anubias heterophylla. Heated with Hydor 25 watt.

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I use the hydor Theo 25 watt in my 2 and 5 that’s a great compact heater. It’s hard to find 25 Watts in store however pet supplies plus now has one that’s cheap and works great buts it’s super long! I think that it’s sometimes harder to heat small tanks then filter or keep up water parameters in my opinion!
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wow...really beautiful vases and plants. I remember once my son had a blue betta in his room and one day he put him outside in my lily pond. When it started cooling off, he scooped him up and brought him back inside. He had that fish for about three years. Your vases remind me of my little lily pond.
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The smallest tank I have (which is currently not in use) is an extremely small 5 litre tank. It was free, no idea what to use it for, lol.
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I think that is around 1.5 US gallons. Shrimp with a foreground carpet and a few stem plants or Anubias Nana 'petite'. Might not even need a heater if the water will stay around 75F/23C. One of my favorite shrimp sites.

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I think that is around 1.5 US gallons. Shrimp with a foreground carpet and a few stem plants or Anubias Nana 'petite'. Might not even need a heater if the water will stay around 75F/23C. One of my favorite shrimp sites.

https://www.theshrimpfarm.com/posts/...e-shrimp-tank/

Funny thing about me and Shrimp, apart from the tanks that Amano shrimp are I just can't keep any alive.
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Have you tried a shrimp-only tank before? Malawa shrimp are as hardy as Amano and are smaller like the Neos. They will not cross with Neos so you could try adding some Neos if you have luck with the Malawa.

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Never seen those for sale here in the U, might have to keep an eye out for them.

Yes, I have attempted many times with Shrimp only tanks, more often than not all dying for unknown but most likely water parameter issues. However I feel like I'm hijacking the thread.
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