Betta Fish Forum banner
1 - 8 of 8 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
2 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 · (Edited)
Hi! Before I get on with my question(s) here's a little bit of background… I'm a 16 year old in highschool with bad anxiety. My mom thought it would be a good idea to get me a fish tank for my room since watching my little sister's fish swim around in her tank calms me down with my anxiety and stuff... I've done a lot of research on bettas (and I mean a lot like I read about these fish for almost 2 hours yesterday) so I'm not completely clueless about what's good for them. But I don't want to pick out the wrong tank for my fish. I want it to be happy and healthy as well as myself.
I was looking online earlier at Betta tanks from PetCo. (basically for fun and to see some options because I don't have enough money for a tank at the moment)
I found this one (link below), and it sounds like it would be ok for bettas but I'd really like a more expert or experienced opinion since this will be my first Betta.
Just give your honest opinion on what you think of the tank. I'm really not sure based off everything I've read it sounds like it'd be ok but sometimes I've learned the internet isn't always right.

The tank is here -> http://m.petco.com/product/125679/Aqueon-Betta-Falls-Aquarium-Kit.aspx

I plan to put one Betta in first and if it's still doing well after awhile and I want another we'll go from there since this is my first Betta fish.

Thank you to anyone who reads this and comments on it. I appreciate it. :)

Ps, before anyone asks, no I haven't purchased a Betta yet. Still reading and learning all I can before I actually buy the things required to take care of one. Hoping to have everything set up and started by mid September. Again thank you!!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
202 Posts
I don't have experience with this particular tank. However, I would advise against it.

Reasons: Not enough space for each fish (For my own fish, I won't give them anything below 2.5 gallons each at the very least, with a minimum of 5 gallons preferable per fish).

Also, I've read reviews of this tank on Amazon where multiple people had problems with their fish jumping into the nearby tanks. You don't want to wake up to an injured or dead betta.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
375 Posts
My honest opinion is, that tank is terrible. It should have never been made or be allowed to exist.

Way too small, especially if you actually put 3 fish in that volume of water.

Bettas need heat, filtration, and room to move.


Try a tank like this
http://m.petco.com/product/125548/Marineland-Portrait-Glass-LED-Aquarium-Kit.aspx

Or

http://m.petco.com/product/121923/Penn-Plax-Radius-Curved-Corner-Glass-Aquarium-Kit.aspx

Or

http://www.petsmart.com/fish/aquari...m-starter-kit-zid36-17829/cat-36-catid-300065
This one is probably one of the most popular and used aquariums on this forum.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
425 Posts
Well I personally would say go with the biggest one that you have space for. I also have horrible anxiety and I think that fish are really the best way to help with it. I have depression that goes with my anxiety. It will also help that your betta will need care, like water changes and feeding and hiding places, so it should be very very good. How much room do you have for your tank? Just so I can get a feel for what I can recomend
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
147 Posts
Whichever tank you do get, also think about the heater you will need when you are looking at costs.

In the long run, my 10gal aquarium kit (like the ones at petsmart and petco) was the best option because I could get an adjustable 50 watt that provided even heating throughout the water, the filter it came with was decent, and I had the option to divide it later to get another betta. Yes, it was a bit pricey at first, but now I know that my heater is dependable and my fish has ample room in the tank.

If your space is limited, this could easily be applied to the 5.5 gallon kits. Many users also recommend just getting a tank on its own since the supplies that come with the kits end up being replaced rather quickly.

Good luck and let us know what you choose! EDIT: I started having extremely bad anxiety when I was 15, so I can understand what you're going through. These little fish are awesome, and great for just zoning out.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
98 Posts
This tank is set up in one of the aquatic centres local to me, they have no fish in it just plants and yes it does look lovely but honestly in my opinion it is to small for the purpose of keeping fish in it. The three departments are separate, from what I could see there is no way to make the tank all one space rather than three individual areas so even if you only get one Betta it will still only be able to live in one small section.

I also think for what it is this tank is rather expensive (although to be fair looking at the link you have given it is a lot cheaper that the one I have seen here in the UK) All of my current tanks are second hand, all even my large tank purchased cheaply from Ebay Maybe this is something you could think about, have a look to get an idea how much tanks are going for in your area, you could possibly get a good deal.

Good luck with what ever you decide, I think getting a Betta to help with your anxiety is a lovely idea they have such wonderful characters.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
178 Posts
I would buy a standard glass tank by itself and buy all the accessories separately, the filters/light fixtures/heaters in kits tend to burn out quick.

if you can afford it i would go for a ten gallon, that way if you decide you want another better you can divide the tank and each betta will have 5 gallons

i honestly wouldnt want my bettas in anything less than 5 gallons but 2.5 is the minimum that most betta pros suggest.

i can tell you this my boys lovvveeee their ten gallons.
 
1 - 8 of 8 Posts
Top