Appropriate For A Betta?

Discussion in 'Freshwater Beginners' started by Ini, Apr 14, 2017.

  1. Ini

    IniNew MemberMember

    I am thinking of getting a Betta, and am wondering whether the Fluval Chi tank is appropriate? Also wondering what other equipment I might need...
    This would be my first Betta and the first time I keep fish on my own.
     
  2. KimberlyG

    KimberlyGFishlore VIPMember

    Yes the five gallon would be fine. You will still need a heater.
     
  3. aquatickeeper

    aquatickeeperFishlore VIPMember

    Yes, a 5 gallon Fluval Chi is appropriate for a betta.

    Other equipment you might need are: filter, heater, net, tank lid, betta pellets, and lights (if you're keeping plants)
     
  4. KimberlyG

    KimberlyGFishlore VIPMember

    Aquatic Keeper is right about the lid, bettas jump. If you get the Chi instead of a Chi II, You will need to get the Chi top. (I think about $4)
     
  5. KinsKicks

    KinsKicksFishlore VIPMember

    Agreeing with everyone! Make sure you do the cycle tho/read up on it
     
  6. OP
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    Ini

    IniNew MemberMember

    Thank you everyone! I believe I have found the fluval chi 2, but am double checking as to whether it comes with a lid.
    Does the fluval chi not have an inbuilt filter?
     
  7. KinsKicks

    KinsKicksFishlore VIPMember

    It should have a built in filter, it the black box attached to it
     
  8. OP
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    Ini

    IniNew MemberMember

    Awesome!
    Do Bettas need hideaways?
     
  9. KinsKicks

    KinsKicksFishlore VIPMember

    To a degree. They are quite flashy, but I think all fish need something to themselves. They make floating Betta logs or you can use driftwood to also create some aquascape and hide-space as well.
     
  10. OP
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    Ini

    IniNew MemberMember

    Oooh! Thank you. I'll take a look at all those things.
     
  11. EternalDancer

    EternalDancerWell Known MemberMember

    This is my boys tank (excuse the super-reflectiveness of it).

    I just threw some plants and a bit of wood in for swimmy-places, and some white stones from the garden for decoration.

    He seems really happy.
     

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  12. aquatickeeper

    aquatickeeperFishlore VIPMember

    Nice tank!
     
  13. Gekco

    GekcoWell Known MemberMember

    Some people have had issues with the filter on the chi. They had their bettas fins get torn by the filter so be careful about that.
     
  14. _IceFyre_

    _IceFyre_Well Known MemberMember

    You could put pantyhose over the intake to be safe:)
     
  15. kwerbach

    kwerbachNew MemberMember

    Great tank!
     
  16. OP
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    Ini

    IniNew MemberMember

    Thanks everyone.. hmm, that filter problem sounds worrying..
    What about the Nano fish tank? I've found one that comes with a starter kit, with filter tray with filter wool, filter pump, and spray bar, and also a 50w heater. It is a 33L.
     
  17. AllieSten

    AllieStenFishlore VIPMember

    You can use a sponge filter to eliminate the issues with tearing fins. They work really well and are great for smaller tanks especially.

    The kit sounds great. Sponge filters are really inexpensive, you just need an air pump, tubing, and the sponge. I would buy the kit and the sponge filter. That way you can have a backup if you need it.

    Also be careful with decorations. Their fins can tear really easy on edges. So silk plants are preferable to plastic, and no decorations with sharp edges.
     
  18. OP
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    Ini

    IniNew MemberMember

    Thanks! Is an air stone the same as a filter?
     
  19. AllieSten

    AllieStenFishlore VIPMember

    No it isn't. You use all the same equipment it is just that instead of the stone it is a sponge.
     
  20. OP
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    Ini

    IniNew MemberMember