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How to keep Bettas in small tanks - Keeping a betta in a one gallon the right way.

HOW TO KEEP BETTAS IN SMALL TANKS


I know this article is going to be very controversial but this is just my experience and if had a different one, please tell me about it. I do not want to negotiate with anyone who is just quoting the opinion that Bettas need 2.5+ gallons without actually keeping the fish in a one gallon tank. I do not think that Bettas should be in anything less than a gallon.


Setup: The tank should be long and low, not high. Bettas like horizontal swimming space, not...
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You said in your response to my review that Petsmart carries these "appropriate" 1 gallon tanks. Please post links to these tanks because mine certainly does not. Also please post approximate dimensions of your idea of a suitable 1 gallon tank.
 
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Aquaphobia said:
You said in your response to my review that Petsmart carries these "appropriate" 1 gallon tanks. Please post links to these tanks because mine certainly does not. Also please post approximate dimensions of your idea of a suitable 1 gallon tank.
this one come with a divider, but you don't have to use it. I will edit this but when I say long and low I mean something that gives appropriate swimming space. I don't care how high it is.
 

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Here is a to a 1 gallon I have. Comes with a filter. Given, I use it as a hospital tank/temporary tank during week-long aquascape enterprises of the main 5 gallon tanks.

Edit: prepare for a long post after this.
 

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Got a link for the adjustable Aqueon 10-watt heater?

The only Aqueon 10-watt heaters I've seen are the ones that are preset and always on.
 
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bgclarke said:
Got a link for the adjustable Aqueon 10-watt heater?

The only Aqueon 10-watt heaters I've seen are the ones that are preset and always on.
really that's odd. I have one that's adjustable but it's really old
 
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tunafax said:
Here is a to a 1 gallon I have. Comes with a filter. Given, I use it as a hospital tank/temporary tank during week-long aquascape enterprises of the main 5 gallon tanks.

Edit: prepare for a long post after this.
That's the same one I have and the dimensions are OK
 

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That is not what I would call an appropriate tank. It's not long and low, rather it's about the same dimension in both length and height, about 8 inches. Nowhere near enough for a healthy betta to swim. I would use that as a quarantine or shrimp tank but nothing else.

Mr. Aqua makes some lovely small tanks but since they're non-standard they are much more expensive than the ones aimed at kids. Here's a 1.5 gallon bookshelf tank. A bit on the small side but not bad at all if you're determined to cram your fish into the smallest volume possible:

For less than 1/4 of the price you can get a 2.5 gallon tank with similar footprint and for even less you can get a standard 5 gallon with even more swimming room!
 
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Aquaphobia said:
That is not what I would call an appropriate tank. It's not long and low, rather it's about the same dimension in both length and height, about 8 inches. Nowhere near enough for a healthy betta to swim. I would use that as a quarantine or shrimp tank but nothing else.

Mr. Aqua makes some lovely small tanks but since they're non-standard they are much more expensive than the ones aimed at kids. Here's a 1.5 gallon bookshelf tank. A bit on the small side but not bad at all if you're determined to cram your fish into the smallest volume possible:

For less than 1/4 of the price you can get a 2.5 gallon tank with similar footprint and for even less you can get a standard 5 gallon with even more swimming room!
Again, I am going to ask you if you have kept a Betta in a tank like that. Mine was downsized to that tank, and have noticed no change in his behavior whatsoever.
 

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Yes I have. New ones and sick ones in quarantine, and kept numerous bettas in anything up to 50 gallons, with and without tankmates. The larger the tank, the more room for plants and decor, the more active and "natural" the betta in my experience.

Now I have to ask, what did you downsize from?
 
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Aquaphobia said:
Yes I have. New ones and sick ones in quarantine, and kept numerous bettas in anything up to 50 gallons, with and without tankmates. The larger the tank, the more room for plants and decor, the more active and "natural" the betta in my experience.

Now I have to ask, what did you downsize from?
A 10 gallon.
 

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Why did you downsize him? Did you keep decor in with him? You do know that the behaviour of a single betta is not scientific proof that all of them will behave the same way, right?
 

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You shouldn't keep a betta in a 1 gallon, I would recommend 2.5 gallon+ mainly I would do 5 gallon+ so the betta has more room to swim, I would never say to keep a betta that small.
 
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Aquaphobia said:
Why did you downsize him? Did you keep decor in with him? You do know that the behaviour of a single betta is not scientific proof that all of them will behave the same way, right?
I needed room for a 29 gallon community. He still has a cave and some live plants. I have kept 2 other bettas in one gallons that lived to over 5 years. And I would like you to look at the first paragraph of my article.
 
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Aquaer said:
You shouldn't keep a betta in a 1 gallon, I would recommend 2.5 gallon+ mainly I would do 5 gallon+ so the betta has more room to swim, I would never say to keep a betta that small.
Have you ever kept a Betta in a one gallon?
 

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I would, in the original guide, include a caveat that tells the reader that 1 gallon is not ideal. That 2.5 to 10 gallons is probably more appropriate. This is widely known from countless experiences over the years.

Also, since it's a guide to proper fishkeeping, it needs to include tons more information, about temperature, feeding, decorations, current, etc..

I'm not sure such a resource is needed, as the betta forum already has a pretty comprehensive care guide. Adding this guide could conceivably be seen as an attempt to justify keeping a betta in such a small set up. I think most people who keep bettas in such a small tank are simply unaware of the potential problems of such a set up, not people who are being insistent on anything.
 

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goplecos said:
I needed room for a 29 gallon community. He still has a cave and some live plants. I have kept 2 other bettas in one gallons that lived to over 5 years. And I would like you to look at the first paragraph of my article.
Yes, I read the WHOLE article, first paragraph included.
 

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Adding this guide could conceivably be seen as an attempt to justify keeping a betta in such a small set up. I think most people who keep bettas in such a small tank are simply unaware of the potential problems of such a set up, not people who are being insistent on anything.
Exactly.
 
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Yes, I read the WHOLE article, first paragraph included.
Then you will notice that I said that this is just my experience. Though it has worked out on 3 occasions.
 

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We are trying to discourage people from using the tiny containers marketed as tanks, not give them excuses why it's ok. As I said, it can work, but it's not good to encourage it without a lot of warnings for all the times it's not appropriate. Newcomers are going to see it as permission to do it.
 
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