Is A Heater Required To Keep A Betta?

Discussion in 'Betta Fish' started by Vortexed, Apr 22, 2017.

  1. VortexedValued MemberMember

    Would a heater be absolutely required to keep my betta happy?

    Its a 1 gallon tank. If I need a heater, how much do you think it would cost??

    EDIT, QUESTION: Would a 15 watt heater be too hot for a 1 gallon tank??

    Last edited: Apr 22, 2017
  2. andychrissytankValued MemberMember

    The betta would need to be at a stable 77-79 degrees F (25-26.1 degrees C) so if you don't have that as a constant temperature, you're gonna need one
    an aqueon 50 watt should be like $20-30

  3. VortexedValued MemberMember

    Why do I need 50 watts for a 1 gallon tank O.O

  4. BottomDwellerFishlore VIPMember

    Yeah you need a heater. They need 78-82f and a heater will keep water stable.
  5. VortexedValued MemberMember

    Would a 15 watt heater be too much for a 1 gallon?
  6. BottomDwellerFishlore VIPMember

    Maybe a little much but I think it would be difficult to find a much smaller one.
  7. andychrissytankValued MemberMember

    ohh sorry lol
    a cobalt mini heater 5 watt is like $10-$15 but if you look hard enough somewhere it might be on sale
  8. Al913Fishlore VIPMember

    Is the 1 gallon a permanent home?

    Bettas should have at least a 2.5 gallons, if it is a female or a short fin betta you should have a 5 gallon
  9. VortexedValued MemberMember

    Soo.. Should I set up a 15 watt heater now and get a new 5 watt tomorrow, or just wait..?
  10. BottomDwellerFishlore VIPMember

    Do you have fish in it yet?
  11. VortexedValued MemberMember

    There is no "minimum" or "atleast" for bettas.

    Some people say 1 gallon. Others 2, more 5, the truth is there is no minimum. The minimum is dependent on the betta you get and its personality.

    No not yet.
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  12. BottomDwellerFishlore VIPMember

    Then I would just wait until you find one the right size for your tank.

    As Al913 1 gallon isn't big enough for a betta really
  13. VortexedValued MemberMember

    Read what I have said about that.

    I have seen bettas active and happy in a 1 gallon, sometimes even in a 0.5 gallon. I dont have the money for a 2.5 gallon, my dad says the 5 gallon I have is too big because I already have a 20 gallon tank, and I just got this tank. I cant spend any more money on it.
  14. Al913Fishlore VIPMember

    Why is their no minimum? So a betta I guess is fine a one of those betta cups? :( Why do other fish get a minimum tank size yet bettas don't?

    The fact that the bettas are active mean they need a bigger tank than the 1 gallon. What consitutes as "happy". Just cause its swimming and eating doesn't meant its happy.
  15. BottomDwellerFishlore VIPMember

    I have read what you said. I really don't believe a betta can be happy and ealthy in a 0.5 or 1 gallon tank but I explained this in your other thread.

    Why don't you just get a couple of shrimp? It's not the beta's fault if you can't get a bigger tank. If you can't provide a large enough tank for an animal to live very happily for it's full life then it's not fair to get the animal.
  16. Al913Fishlore VIPMember

    As seen by this thread, a ,5 or 1 gallon tank is not adequate for a betta or any fish. We are having problems finding a heater for this tank!!! Many people on this forum and others who kept a .5 or 1 gallon tank who manage to find a heater, when their heater malfunctions(which isn't uncommon for such a small device) their betta died since the water was 85F or higher in some cases. The small water volume makes it so any slight change is drastic.
  17. pixelhootValued MemberMember

    Hey! Wanted to weigh in on the whole size thing. I'm sure you have seen bettas active and happy in a small tank, but really it's simply not practical to keep them in such a small tank. Ammonia builds up dangerously fast, regardless of how happy the fish is. This is detrimental to their health and can cause them to have shorter lifespans overall as their liver has to deal with all those toxins constantly.
    I understand that your financial situation might have it to where you cannot buy a bigger tank, but there are more temporary options that will not harm your betta. Simply picking up a plastic bin that has plastic safe for a fish of 2.5 gal or more is just fine. In the US, recycling numbers #2 and #5 are perfectly fine. You can even swing by the local hardware store and pick up a 5 gal bucket. In the meantime you can save up to buy a bigger tank and see your betta do his best! I hope this helps you. :>
  18. Al913Fishlore VIPMember

    Just to add on, why would you want to buy a betta in which you aren't able to provide a decent(2.5g) home? Why get any kind of pet if you know you can provide what it needs?

    It would be best to get shrimps!
  19. VortexedValued MemberMember

    Im really not interested in getting shrimp ;(
  20. BottomDwellerFishlore VIPMember

    Thai micro crabs? A nerite snail?

    5 Gallons don't cost a lot more.
  21. VortexedValued MemberMember

    Fine, everyones saying that 1 gallon is like animal cruelty or something

    I can put the betta in my 20 gallon aslong as it doesnt kill or harm my fish. So.. would a betta harm the following



    Neon tetras

    I have a 5 gallon tank.. I would 100% use it but my dad says its too big because I already have a 20 gallon so I dont need a 5 gallon.

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