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Old 07-01-2014, 06:44 AM   #1
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betta bowl revamp


Maybe a half gallon
Eco complete substrate
Plants
-Nano anubias of some sort
-Anachris
-hornwort
Filled with tap threw airline and drained same way
LED light it's just a generic light
Thoughts?
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Old 07-01-2014, 11:30 AM   #2
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Me thinks bowl would be better suited for shrimp than fish.
Betta's need same thing all fishes need heater,filter,room to swim.
Plants will fill in soon enough ,and during the evening hours they will take up oxygen that they produce during the day.
Were it not for the bettas ability to draw oxygen from the atmosphere,the fish would not do well for long in such a small container where stable environment is more difficult to maintain.
Those are my thought's.

P.S. Seashell in such a small volume of water could raise hardness for they are source of calcium.
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Old 07-01-2014, 12:06 PM   #3
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When the plants fill in a little more it will look even better!

I think half a gallon isn't enough swimming space for a betta. They are relatively large fish, despite the fact they -can- live in rice paddies, many of these are actually huge bodies of water.

Shrimp would be perfect!
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Old 07-01-2014, 01:23 PM   #4
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Too small for a fish.
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Old 07-01-2014, 02:12 PM   #5
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Welp... Never woulda guessed people would think that's "small" for a betta?! Guess someone should tell all those manufactures of betta bowls? Haha betta is staying for now and I doubt that seashell will raise the hardness it's not breakin down and don't shrimp need water movement? Shrimps seem pretty expensive I might have to do some lookin into that because I think bettas are pretty boring unless they have a female or 2.

Thanks for the critique and I'll update in a month or so
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Old 07-01-2014, 02:30 PM   #6
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If you visit betta specific forums, most people keep their bettas in tanks larger than 1.5 gals I wouldn't put a betta in a tank smaller than 2.5 gals personally. My betta has a 10 gal. and he LOVES all the space and plants
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Old 07-01-2014, 03:08 PM   #7
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Yea I had hmm in a fluval edge 6 gallon but I'm not impressed with the design of the tanks and the lights they gave me rusted and the lid is all rusty after 2 years of run in so he gets the bowl. Has anyone had experiences like this with the edge style tank
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Old 07-01-2014, 04:34 PM   #8
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In nature, a Betta's territory is about one meter square.

They are a tough fish that can gulp air, so they don't die in suboptimal enviroments as fast as other fish. That doesn't mean it is good for them.
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Old 07-02-2014, 02:39 AM   #9
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Playing the devil's advocate here, but as long as the water stays at a warm, even temperature with little to no fluctuations, water changes are done very frequently, the bowl is planted, and the environment is otherwise not stressful, I can see bowls around 1 gallon being ok for lazy bettas. Obviously more active ones need more room, but I've had a couple that would have likely been fine in smaller bowls.

That being said, I prefer seeing bettas in 2.5 gallons or more
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