20 Gallon High Or 15 Gallon Long ?


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Hello, I have space for either a 15 gallon or a 20 gallon high tank. It's going to be for a single male betta, so plenty of space either way. I like the look of the 15 gallon more than the 20 gallon high, but the 20 gallon high is actually cheaper than the 15 gallon. Petco dollar per gallon sale starts again tomorrow, and for whatever reason the 15 gallon is not part of the sale. Not interested in a used tank either so that is not an option. Thoughts please Thanks!
 

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I’d go for the 20 gallon as it’s cheaper and a lot more space.

Are you planning on keeping the Betta alone?
Bettas can live quite harmoniously with other types of fish such as plattys, tetras and docile algae eaters.
Just a thought as we had a separate tank for our Betta and moved him Into a larger tank with a small Community of fish and he’s much happier.
 

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I’d go for the 20 gallon as it’s cheaper and a lot more space.

Are you planning on keeping the Betta alone?
Bettas can live quite harmoniously with other types of fish such as plattys, tetras and docile algae eaters.
Just a thought as we had a separate tank for our Betta and moved him Into a larger tank with a small Community of fish and he’s much happier.
Alone, glad it worked out for you. I would't risk it in a 20 or a 15 not even with a female. It's all good until it's not. Disaster can strike in a second even after months of "peace". You don't see everything that goes on so...anyway, I don't want to go on a tangent. Thanks for your opinion, 5 more gallons is alot.
 

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Having done a little research prior to getting my daughter a Betta, I've read that wide is better than high for Bettas, due to the weight of their fins. Might be something worth looking further into.
 

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Get bigger so you can use it for something else down the road. A 20g high isnt going to kill a betta because its to big
 

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Having done a little research prior to getting my daughter a Betta, I've read that wide is better than high for Bettas, due to the weight of their fins. Might be something worth looking further into.
Both tanks are 24" wide, the 20 high is 4" taller
 

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Having done a little research prior to getting my daughter a Betta, I've read that wide is better than high for Bettas, due to the weight of their fins. Might be something worth looking further into.
Thanks! I was looking for 1 reason to go with the 15 lol. This is actually a good one, I do plan on getting one with long flowing fins. I've had 2 females, and I love them. They get around good, but they dont have the long fins like the females.
 

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looking at some of their inventory online in the Houston area, there's just a handful of stores that have the 15g. but almost all of them have the 20g in stock.

get the 20g, its cheaper and you don't have to fill it all the way up to the top.
 

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Either way i would make sure he has plenty of resting places by the surface, 20 tall is super deep for them to go up and down with out getting tired, especially if you are going with a long finned male, mine gets "winded" in a standard 10
 

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looking at some of their inventory online in the Houston area, there's just a handful of stores that have the 15g. but almost all of them have the 20g in stock.

get the 20g, its cheaper and you don't have to fill it all the way up to the top.
Thanks, that would be the most logical thing to do. Unfortunately, the sound of the water falling into the tank would drive me nuts since the tank is in my room. Also, I am using an Aquaclear HOB and with the whole losing it's prime thing when the power goes out even for a moment, I prefer to keep the water level as high as possible to keep enough water in the sump so it will re-prime itself. The 20 high with lower water level would of been great, this way I could of kept an open top aquarium, which is what I prefer. Now you got me thinking about getting a small canister filter like a Eheim 2211......Thanks
 

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Having recently purchased most of what is needed to set up a tank from scratch, I think I can say with some confidence that when you're looking at smaller glass tanks, the cost of the tank itself is of little consequence. It seems like everything costs as much or more than the tank. The filter cost more. The heater cost more. The light cost way more. The substrate cost more. The aquascaping tools cost more. The lid was almost as expensive. In the grand scheme of things, if I'd paid full price rather than gotten it at a $1/gal sale, I'd have raised my overall cost by about 3%.

At that kind of price difference, get what you want, not necessarily what's cheapest.
 

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Having recently purchased most of what is needed to set up a tank from scratch, I think I can say with some confidence that when you're looking at smaller glass tanks, the cost of the tank itself is of little consequence. It seems like everything costs as much or more than the tank. The filter cost more. The heater cost more. The light cost way more. The substrate cost more. The aquascaping tools cost more. The lid was almost as expensive. In the grand scheme of things, if I'd paid full price rather than gotten it at a $1/gal sale, I'd have raised my overall cost by about 3%.

At that kind of price difference, get what you want, not necessarily what's cheapest.
I agree 100 percent. Yeah the bigger the more expensive in this particular case not so much so. Filters pretty much the same, heater, same lid, same substrate and lighting. The decorating is where I was leaning towards the 15 gallon. My plants would reach the top and would give it a very full effect very similar to natural environment. Also breaks up the current a little. I think I made up my mind. Thanks alot everyone I appreciate all the feedback
 




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