Appropriate For A Betta?

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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.
 

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

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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)
 

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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)
 
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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?
 

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Ini said:
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?
It should have a built in filter, it the black box attached to it
 
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Awesome!
Do Bettas need hideaways?
 

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Ini said:
Awesome!
Do Bettas need hideaways?
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.
 
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Oooh! Thank you. I'll take a look at all those things.
 

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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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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.
 

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Gekco said:
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.
You could put pantyhose over the intake to be safe
 
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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.
 

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

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Thanks! Is an air stone the same as a filter?
No it isn't. You use all the same equipment it is just that instead of the stone it is a sponge.
 
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Is this one ok? I'm in the UK, so I can't get the one you posted
Sourcingmap Sponge Fish Tank MinI Biochemical Filter: Amazon.co.uk: Pet Supplies
 

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