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I've been researching Betta splenden care for quite a while, yet the greatest obstacle is the fact that everyone shares a different opinion on what should be done to ensure that our finned friends thrive in their new environment. If you look around the Internet, one question that's commonly asked and receives a variety of responses is in regards to what the minimum size tank a Betta give live happily in. I've heard everything between 1-5 gallons being the absolute minimum, but with so many opinions floating around, how does a new enthusiast sort through all of the information?

It seems to me that a lot of people give advice or scold others for their methods based upon what they've read or been told, rather than experience with the hobby, especially on websites like YouTube, where fellow enthusiasts post videos of their fish only to be attacked by keyboard warriors who have a "holier-than-thou" attitude. Not meeting someone else's standard of care does not automatically make you an unethical or cruel person; it does not make the care you give to your animals substandard.

Well, anyway, I'm here because I would like to get a Betta, but would much rather be given accurate information on how to take care of it. I've been anonymous for long enough and figured I should make myself known. Pardon my small rant, it just bothers me that so many people would attack each other over something when, in reality, they all want Betta splendens to be cared for in a way that they will be happy and healthy.
 

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I agree with you on people attacking each other, that's why we have in our rules section a play-nice policy, essentially the only way here that you will be yelled at by anyone else is if you keep them in 1 gallon without any water changes. Personally I think 2.5 is the minimum, and I think that five is the best for a betta. I have Mesmer in a 3 gallon and Archie in a divided ten gallon, both are perfectly happy that way. I would also like to stress that need to make sure the water is the proper temperature, and try to get high-quality food right from the start. WELCOME!!!
 

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Don't worry about getting yelled at here :) Most (if not everyone) is polite and civil here. I personally think whatever your betta is happiest and healthiest in is fine; whether that be a one gallon, a five gallon, a twenty gallon.... :)
 
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