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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-24-2019, 11:20 PM Thread Starter
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Question Tank shape ok?

Hello! I just purchased my first betta fish in about 10 years, and I am so excited to have my little buddy here with me.

I am worried that the tank's shape is going to stress him out. The pet store I went to only had 5-gal tanks in a spherical shape (like a bowl). I'm worried that the narrow top isn't going to let him hang out near the surface comfortably/without getting really close to the filter. I don't think I can return the tank: would it be worth it to purchase another tank?

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Here is a photo! Sorry it is sideways.

I just really don't want to wake up to him snagged in the filter.
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Depending on the power of the filter, it may not have much suction. My female betta likes to play near hers and it hasn't been a problem (I was worried about it myself).

If you're worried, you can wrap a thin sponge pad around it with a rubber band, so if he does get pulled towards it it won't hurt him. Use the kind of black mesh sponge stuff that is frequently on the back of a filter. It may reduce the flow of your filter some, but it shouldn't totally ruin its ability. I had to do that once for a particular clueless male veiltail I had back in high school who thought the filter in my 10 gallon was great fun to get stuck to. Kinda miss my derpy Watermelon.

You could also give him something up there to rest on as well as to block some of the current on part of it using some fake or real plants that are tall enough to touch the top of the water.

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Here is a photo! Sorry it is sideways.

I just really don't want to wake up to him snagged in the filter.
I believe that @VillagerSparky has a Biorb which is a similar shape and set up, hopefully he'll spot this

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Personally, and this is my opinion I would only use this type of tank as a nano tank (plants only) A regular 5.5 gal tank complete setup with out heater ( at Wal-mart) runs about $28.00 comes with hood, LED white lighting, and filter. Or you can get a regular 5.5 tank only for around $15.00. I think they are better tanks all around, and there is so much more you can do with them as far as decor. And again just my opinion.
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I agree with Old Dog 59and Twist brought up great points. How strong is the filter and what does the filter intake tube look like? If you can rubber band a mesh filter media bag around the intake tube, that will definitely give you peace of mind. You may also consider a variety of tall/short soft silk plants for your betta to rest on.
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I think the filter isn't super strong: I stuck my finger in and felt very little suction/current.

But, I think I'm going to get a different tank, something longer. I'm not sure if this one leaves enough room for him to explore.
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I love that tank shape. Reminds me of my first several Betta "homes" that I maintained for years.

Really, size and shape of aquariums for slow-moving Betta is a matter of personal taste. Would I put a shoaling variety of fish in one? No, but a five gallon in that shape is just fine for Betta. And once you get yours planted with real of silk plants, your boy will be in Betta Heaven!!!

If you feel you need it you want to buy is called a "pre-filter sponge." It goes over the intake.

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I believe that @VillagerSparky has a Biorb which is a similar shape and set up, hopefully he'll spot this

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Ah a sphere tank. Yes, I have a Biorb for my Betta tank with an internal powered filter with heater, and he gets along just fine. My filter uses a spray bar to lessen the flow, and you could place some sponge over the intake or outflow to lessen flow. Decoration is also useful for directing and buffering flow.

In my case my Betta can be quite happily seen swimming against the current before stopping sailing down to the bottom of the tank and starting all over again.

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