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Old 04-23-2014, 12:44 PM   #1
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Betta in 4 Gallon?


Would a Betta be happy in a 4 gallon Planted tank(15 liters)?It is a cube ,9 inches side.
Has anyone gone that small with a Betta?I will use non-rooting plants,only ferns ,anubias etc. ,so I can add less gravel ,only for decoration.
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One could raise a chlid in a closet,or an Eagle in a bird cage. I wonder would they be happy??
Betta's in my view, are the most abused fish in the hobby.I would alway's promote larger quarter's over what is smallest suitable container.
I expect it could be done,but is not much of a step above the tiny cup's they arrive at stores in.
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Old 04-23-2014, 12:59 PM   #3
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I started out with a 2.5 when I had a betta but quickly got him into a 10 gallon..I think a good minimum if you keep a betta alone is 5 gallon.
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One could raise a chlid in a closet,or an Eagle in a bird cage. I wonder would they be happy??
Betta's in my view, are the most abused fish in the hobby.I would alway's promote larger quarter's over what is smallest suitable container.
I expect it could be done,but is not much of a step above the tiny cup's they arrive at stores in.
You've read my my thoughts ,somewhat ,it's why I asked.....I am sure that the fish would live ,but are they really happy?
The positive would be to pick a really unhappy one from a tiny tiny cup ,and give it a (somewhat)better life.
The only place I could put another tank is on a massive pinewood night table from Ikea.And I don't dare to go more than 4 gallons ,notice the word "Ikea".
I tightened the screws very well ,and placed it with one side against a wall ,and one of the opposite legs against a fake brick fireplace.It is stable enough ,I even sat myself on it and didn't made any noise ,but I really don't dare go bigger.
I always wanted a Betta ,but that really is the largest I can go with the tank.
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your betta would be fine in a four gallon tank. I had mine in a three gallon one heavily planted and without filter and he was doing great. He made a bubble nest all the time and looked healthy. I kicked him out into a 25 gallon with some loaches and he looks fine but all he does is stay near the top in a small area. I think the flow is too much for him but in a large tank you need to have filtration so it is a give and take. Honestly not much of a difference btwn 3,4,5 gallon. bigger isnt always better. i say go for it.
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2.5 gal is the smallest size recommended by most Betta caresheets, as 2.5gal is the smallest volume of water that our currently available hobby-grade heaters can hold at a stable temperature.

Despite common mythology, Bettas ARE tropical fish, and actually do best at fairly warm 78-82F.

I personally prefer to keep Bettas in 5-10gal tanks.
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2.5 gal is the smallest size recommended by most Betta caresheets, as 2.5gal is the smallest volume of water that our currently available hobby-grade heaters can hold at a stable temperature.

Despite common mythology, Bettas ARE tropical fish, and actually do best at fairly warm 78-82F.

I personally prefer to keep Bettas in 5-10gal tanks.

I also read that 5 gallons is a minimum.That's why I won't use any rooting plants ,so I can get away with a finer layer of substrate ,maybe 1 cm thick maximum.....more room for water.
The tank's footprint worries me the most : 9,84 inches on each side ,I know Bettas do not roam much ,but still.....
If I should get one ,it will be one from a cup ,not one who has lived in a larger tank than mine.That would not be fair for the fish.
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Old 04-23-2014, 07:37 PM   #8
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A Betta would do fine in that. I think plants make all the difference. In nature they live in puddles sometimes, so I really think it would be fine, especially since the tank will be planted. Just do regular water changes, which should be very easy in that size of tank. Also, consider getting a female betta. They are still very pretty IMO, but stay smaller.
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Old 04-23-2014, 07:58 PM   #9
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The problem with getting a female is that she would be more active, since she doesn't have long fins to drag around.
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Old 04-23-2014, 08:17 PM   #10
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A lot say 5 gallon min, but 4 is a lot more than most are being kept in. I'm sure your fish will be fine.
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Old 04-23-2014, 09:05 PM   #11
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I have 2 of mine in heavily planted 4.12gal tanks (actually I think youre describing the exact same tank) with lots of hiding spaces and places to swim around (journal in my sig, very outdated though because my phone camera is broken). both are filtered, heated & my boys swim about exploring/making bubblenests, etc. one has very heavy fins & did not like the 20H at all. (another betta took his place in that tank).

so in short, you should be okay. just make sure the environment is very enriching/gives them a lot to do. also, make sure you keep an eye on your filter flow when introducing a betta to a filtered tank... if they have been in a cup for most of their life, they will need to build up their strength. start with a very low flow rate and work up to a more normal flow from there.
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