Betta Tank

Discussion in 'Betta Fish' started by newbie101, Mar 29, 2006.

  1. newbie101Well Known MemberMember

    Anyone have a tank that would be suitable for a betta that they aren't using and would sell?  Anything 2.5 gallons to five gallons.
     




  2. MarcWell Known MemberMember

    Well, if you really want one, I'd say to just buy one of those cruddy goldfish tanks (3 gallon plastic) and stick a 25w heater in it. You could also use one of those corner filters. But be careful, if you're using the same airpump as one of your tanks, if your pump turns off then the water will travel down the tubing and into the small tank and flood it, and vice versa. So invest in some one-way valves. I learned the hard way after getting about a gallon of water on the floor :S
     




  3. atmmachine816Fishlore VIPMember

    Ya I don't think a small tank like that is hard to come by or expensive and heaters are cheap too, and the filters you would probably have better luck online than at an lfs.

    Austin
     




  4. newbie101Well Known MemberMember

    I already have a small air pump with a check valve, but I would have to replace the tubing because it is from a small goldfish tank I had years ago and the tubing is really yucky and brown :-X
     
  5. atmmachine816Fishlore VIPMember

    Ya tubing is real cheap too, whisper filters aren't horrible since they create such a low water disturbance on the top. If you can't find a tank I could buy you a 5.5 tank with hood and light and ship it to you if you payed for everything but it would end up probably being 50$ total for light hood tank and shipping
     
  6. newbie101Well Known MemberMember

    oh I can find a tank, just I was wondering if anyone had one used before I bought one new. Walmart has the Mini Bow 2.5 for $25 and the Mini Bow 5 for $35, which is $15 cheaper than my lfs (they dont have the 2.5 at all)
     
  7. atmmachine816Fishlore VIPMember

    Ya those are nice except they are incidescent lights but you can change to color bulb if you want but I would get the 5 gallon not the 2.5 and if you can get a different filter I would since the filters they give you take up sooo much room. At my lfs they sell 5.5 gallon tanks that look like normal tanks with incidescent hoods for 20$ and with fluerscent hoods for like 45$. Well good luck and have fun shopping

    Austin
     
  8. newbie101Well Known MemberMember

    5 gallon tank for $20?! Does that come with anything though?

    And yes I definitely would replace the incandescent w/ fluorescent, Walmart sells the replacements for that size bulb thank goodness
     
  9. atmmachine816Fishlore VIPMember

    no just the tank that looks like a standard 10 gallon tank and two incidescent bulbs i think. Realy how can you replace the incidescent bulbs, do you konw of a way to do it on the 2.5 gallon lid?

    Austin
     
  10. newbie101Well Known MemberMember

    yup, some places sell a fluorescent "replacement" bulb of the same size as the old incandescent bulb.
     
  11. 0morrokhFishlore VIPMember

    And definately get the 5 gallon. I remember Rose saying how much more work her smaller tanks are because she has to be so careful with the heater.
     
  12. mooshoo1982New MemberMember

    when i got my bettas, i just bought a big glass bowl from hobby lobby, and it was like 5 dollars, i find it perfect, and will continue to buy and use them to house my babies!
    they will be in the floral section...cant miss them near flower vases!
    -lisa
     
  13. chickadeeFishlore VIPMember

    how do you heat and filter the bowl? bettas are TROPICAL FISH - NOT GOLDFISH they NEED heat and filtered water. you are asking your betta to live in horrible conditions if you do not suppies if you do not provide him with Tropical Fish conditions which include heated water to 78-80 degrees constantly and that means no little "small bowl heaters" they don't have thermostats. It also means a good filtration system (no undergravel filters) that provides good biological, chemical and mechanical filtration. It should mean a tank that has been properly cycled through the Nitrogen cycle BEFORE the fish is added. There is no question a fish handled in any other way has had his lifespan shortened and will not live long in an unheated, unfiltered bowl. The diseases occurring due to cool water for a betta include but are not limitied to: ich, velvet and finrot. (not one of which can be cured in cool water)

    Rose
    :'(
     
  14. newbie101Well Known MemberMember

    so TRUE!
     
  15. 0morrokhFishlore VIPMember

    yes I'll definately third that one. unfortunately it's not what pet store workers tell you. :(
     
  16. 0morrokhFishlore VIPMember

    PLEASE DON'T PUT YOUR BETTA IN A BOWL!
    Problems:
    *Can't be heated--Bettas like a temp of 78-82 degrees; diseases like ich are likely to strike in cold water
    *No space to swim--yes they DO need to move around, would you like to be confined in your bathroom?
    *Small volume of water--almost impossible to maintain the water quality they like; too much of a shock if new water after water change is different temp, etc; not enough room for hiding places/plants
    *Can't be filtered--they need excellent water quality
    *Can't easily be lighted--fish need 12 hours of light to make enough vitamin D or they will get sick and eventually die
    I could go on and on...but basically a bowl, a BOWL for pete's sake, is not suitable for keeping any type of fish. A betta should be kept in at least a 5 gallon tank.

    (I copied this from another post of mine for anyone who needs further convincing) :)
     
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