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Hi, I've got the betta bug and want another one, but my dad says 2 tank max. I have two bettas right now in their own tank in about 3/4 gallon of water.
Theyre both happy as can be. but, i was wondering, I'm getting a 2 gallon for free soon and i really want another, would dividing it be considered a step-up for the fish, or a downgrade?
 

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3/4 gallon is a tiny amount of water. It's also such a small amount that I'm not sure you could properly cycle it. Do you do 100% water changes in tanks that small? Or to back up a bit, do you know about the nitrogen cycle? If not, you should reallyr ead about it here: https://www.fishlore.com/NitrogenCycle.htm

Strictly speaking, half of a 2 gallon would be a step up for the fish, but it would still be really small. You'd have the added benefit of being much more likely to maintain a cycle for it though.

Most people here recommend a minimum of 2.5g for a single betta, ideally 5g-10g.

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yeah i know all about the nitrogen cycle, and ideal water conditions and stuff.
They're desktop betta's right now though, so i couldn't really have two huge tanks on my desk lol.
but i will talk to him about getting a larger tank and scrapping the small ones.
 

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If you could get a 10 gallon and divide it, that would be awesome. If that completely is impossible, I would try to get a 5g rectangular (not hex) and divide that.
 

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midthought, you ninja me all the time. Guess it was my turn.
Ha, I'm off my game! I blame it on this paper I'm desperately trying not to write.

yeah i know all about the nitrogen cycle, and ideal water conditions and stuff.
They're desktop betta's right now though, so i couldn't really have two huge tanks on my desk lol.
but i will talk to him about getting a larger tank and scrapping the small ones.
I hope he approves the upgrade. If your boys are happy and personable now, I imagine they'll be triply or quadruply so in larger digs. Good luck with it, bettas are addicting.
 
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yeah the one i'm getting is hex, freakin pain in the butt to clean too.

So that, would be 1.7 gallons each if i didvided it 3 ways, easier to cycle and keep clean, and take up roughly the same room.

boy/girl haha
 

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1.7 gallons isn't enough. And they need more horizontal swim space. I do not think dividing a 5 gallon hex 3 ways will be good. Heck, I don't even think dividing it 2 ways will be good.
 
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well the bigger tank i'm getting is a 2 gallon hex, and i've decided not to divide even though i'd love a crowntail.
I'm looking at a 5 gallon rectangle
dividing a hex would just be psycho
 

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The link isn't a hex, but I don't even know how you go about dividing a hex to start with. :shock: It doesn't sound like enough horizontal swim room though. Even dividing a rectacular tank would be better (but a 10g would be better still).
 
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