Best 2.5 - 5 gallon kits?

Discussion in 'Freshwater Tank Equipment' started by bettanewbie, Mar 19, 2012.

  1. bettanewbie

    bettanewbieValued MemberMember

    I am thinking about getting a friend a gift for her birthday in a sized tank of 2.5 to 5 gallons. She has a poor betta in a .5 gallon bowl. D: What would be the best to buy her that won't be over 50 dollars?
    If this is in the wrong place, please move it.
  2. Jaysee

    JayseeFishlore LegendMember

    I like the marineland corner 5. I don't like the hex 5 though - it's too difficult to maintain.
  3. Akari_32

    Akari_32Fishlore LegendMember

    I have the top fin 5.5. Very nice, but the filter needs a bit of babying at times. I keep my water conditioner on the filter lid so it doesn't buzz too much <.<

    If you print out the petco $5 off and the pet supermarket $4 off coupons, you can get it for a nice price :)

    Another comparable kit would be the Walmart 5 gallon. Same thing, but with an aquateck filter, which does need to be baffled for that small of a tank.

  4. e_watson09

    e_watson09Well Known MemberMember

    I have the 2.5 aqueon mini bow. I like it the filter is quiet. I have a female betta in it, I would get th 5 gallon for a male betta tho.

  5. amber0107

    amber0107Well Known MemberMember

    I agree, I have a 2.5 minibow that I used for a small male betta, but ended up getting a larger 5 gallon kit instead. I prefered the minibow over my marineland 5 gallon hex.
  6. James95

    James95Well Known MemberMember

    I like the top fin kits. The 5.5g would be the perfect size for a betta.

    You should look into the 5g hexagon kit sold at walmart. Don't forget to pick up a heater with the tank. Most small kits don't include a heater.
  7. Akari_32

    Akari_32Fishlore LegendMember

    But for less than the price of a mini bow, you could get something twice the size ;)
  8. James95

    James95Well Known MemberMember

    I agree with Akari. The type of acrylic used to make minibow and eclipse tanks scratches very very easily. Even moving the gravel around scratches the tank. A glass tank is a much better option.
  9. Donnerjay

    DonnerjayWell Known MemberMember

    If you have a PetCo near you, run, don't walk, to the store. They are running clearance on some tanks. Just about two hours ago, I picked up a PetCo brand 2.5 gallon acrylic tank with filter, filter media, LED lighting with three settings on it for $10! And I know this particular item is on clearance nationwide right now. ;)

    Also at PetCo, a few weeks ago I got a 5 gallon Marineland Hex tank, normally around $50, for $29! It includes good filtration also AND a compact fluourescent light! Only thing is the tank itself is plastic and will scratch easily.

    As of yesterday, PetCo had a $39.99 sale on their Tetra 15 gallon tank kits. But today I saw the sale sign was removed. But who knows, you could sweet-talk the manager into giving you the sale price. This is the best option, IMO, as it's a 15 gallon glass tank.

    I hope you find some deals!
  10. OP

    bettanewbieValued MemberMember

    Wow what great suggestions! I am sure now I can really get her a good tank. What heater do you guys suggest?
  11. James95

    James95Well Known MemberMember

    I suggest a small 25 watt heater, either hydor or visi therm brand. Many of the "mini heaters" are a lot less reliable than bigger heaters with quality thermostats.
  12. Akari_32

    Akari_32Fishlore LegendMember

    I have a tetra 2-15 gallon heater, $14 at Walmart. Good little thing and nice and cheap!
  13. amber0107

    amber0107Well Known MemberMember

    The tetra heater is great, but it is pre-set. During the winter, my tetra heater wasn't keeping the temp at 78 due to my house temperature so I replaced mine with a hydor 25watt and like it much more because I can adjust it and keep my bettas warmer.
  14. Akari_32

    Akari_32Fishlore LegendMember

    It's definitely better for 10 gallon and less tanks in a house that is kept at a stable temp all year. For larger tanks, I use the tetra 10-30. I liked that one for my 20 long. They're cheap, reliable, but have the pre-set heater downsides lol

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