Tank Reccomendations?

dramanea

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Hi,
I'm considering a Betta, and have decided upon a five gallon tank. The problem is, there are so many tank kit options, I don't know where to start. Glass or acrylic? Hexagon or square? What tanks do you guys have experience with?
A couple other Betta questions: How often should I do a water change? Also, is an air pump safe?
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I prefer glass over acrylic because it doesn't scratch as easily. I have 2 that are rectanglular. I have 10 gallon tanks for each of my bettas but the 5 gallons I have are also glass. Water changes should be made weekly. Do you mean an air pump for an air stone or to run a filter, I don't have air stones runnng in either of my tanks. Bettas aren't really crazy about a lot of water movement. I do use an air pump to run the sponge filter I have in one of my tanks.
 

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bettas dont need height to the tank so the longer and wider the tank the better. for small tanks i always get glass. actually i have all glass, only real reason to get acrylic is to lower the wight of it so its nice on big tanks imo but thats it.

1 water change a week of 50% is what i do.

air pump safe? yes y wouldnt it be, id use it to run a sponge filter instead of getting a HOB.
 

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I love the Aqua Culture 5g aquarium kits they sell at Walmart.

I have all my bettas in these kits. My only issue with them is that I had to replace the filters within a year, but other than that, they've been wonderful
 

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Acrylic is stronger than glass, too. Though you don't have to worry about a betta cracking the tank...

While the filters that come with the little kits aren't that great, they don't need to be - not for a betta.
 

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bolivianbaby said:
I love the Aqua Culture 5g aquarium kits they sell at Walmart.

My only issue with them is that I had to replace the filters within a year, but other than that, they've been wonderful
My filters are fine, I've had two lights fail.
 
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Jaysee said:
While the filters that come with the little kits aren't that great, they don't need to be - not for a betta.
Are Bettas a lot hardier than other fish? How long of a life span do they have?
 

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dramanea said:
Are Bettas a lot hardier than other fish? How long of a life span do they have?
My point was that the demands on the filter should be minimal. In my experience most fish are equally easy/difficult to keep. If you provide what they need, they are easy to keep. If not, they are hard. Their average life span is about 3 years. Some have been known to live longer.
 

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They like to have someplace to hide, like a cave or something similiar. Mine like to hide in and under broadleafed plants. If you get fake plants, look for silk. They won't cause fin damage as can some of the harder plastic ones. Same goes for any hiding spot you provide. Make sure there are no rough or sharp edges.
 

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dramanea said:
Is there anything Bettas especially like? (ex. gouramis like floating plants, plecos like driftwood)
they like floating plants and shaded areas in the tank. there is a floating betta log i like my bettas to have, most of them really seem to like it.
 
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