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post #11 of 18 (permalink) Old 06-22-2016, 12:07 AM
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I have my betta in a 1 gallon tank. It has two fake plants and glow in the dark rocks that don't glow. Is that a good sized tank? My LPS told me that that was the ideal size. I thought they were lying but it was the cheapest, so we bought it anyway. I hope my fish is happy. At least I don't have a bowl!
Well your LFS lied about that but you could maybe upgrade the size at one point. Is your tank heated?
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IMHO It's a decent size tank, however it's not ideal. I would recommend changing the plants to live at some point, as that would help with the amount of water changes.
I'm no expert but at this time you should change the water every other day, but if you have a lot of live plants and a filter you MIGHT get away with it once a week.
However, if you don't have a heater I strongly recommend yout get one.
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I have a filter but sadly no heater.
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A heater is very important to keep the temperature stable. Variable temperature is stressful; so is cold.

Change half the water every other day or so.

Important: add a couple drops of Prime water conditioner (by Seachem) every day. This will detoxify ammonia exuded by the fish.

You won't need a filter until you upgrade to a larger tank -- which I hope you're considering.

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@MymyMe765 It depends on a few factors such as heating, filtration, and water changes. With proper water changes, a steady heat, and good filtration, a 1 gallon is just fine.
Make sure you also know that a bubbler is not a filter. I know that my 1-gallon tank came with a bubbler but all that does is move the water. You need an actual filter. I made my own filter for my 1-gallon tank as well as my other hospital/temporary tanks.

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The importance of a filter in a 1g bowl is a topic for discussion. The main reason for a filter in a low-bioload Betta tank is to support the nitrogen cycle. Water changes with vacuuming is usually enough to cut-down particulates and waste. Many small tank keepers like to grow live plants as the primary way to reduce ammonia.

Small 1-g bowls are not usually cycled, so a filter is less important.

(A 1-g tank can, in fact, be cycled. It's that they usually are not.)
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A heater is very important to keep the temperature stable
The importance of a filter in a 1g bowl is a topic for discussion
I agree, In fact in any Betta tank it could a topic for discussion.

I think a heater is more important.

A cycled planted balanced tank has all the filtration it needs, and the plants release some oxygen into the water so live stock ( including bacteria ) can live, The live stock keep the plants alive by giving them Ammonia, Correctly planted cycled and stocked tank needs only 2 things.
Feed the fish.
And regular water changes. With De Chlorinated water.
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I agree that a heater is more important than a filter.

One of the nicer things about a (heavily) planted tank (besides they look nice): plants remove ammonia faster than cycling bacteria.

Some circulation is probably a good thing, even in a planted tank. There will be some cycling bacteria operating; they should be exposed to as much ammonia as may be left after the plants have eaten what they can.

"And regular water changes. With De Chlorinated water." Check
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