Planted Tank Obsessed
Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Prince George, British Columbia
For the most part I don't like bowls. Mainly due to the simple fact that (from my experience) they add to the complication of set-up and maintenance. I am thinking of starting a large bowl/vase type nano for some Cherry Shrimp, snails & plants and we'll see how it goes. (At worst; I get tired of maintaining it & the inhabitants can be put in some other tank.)
I dislike Bettas in bowls for two reasons.
The first reason is that Bettas, while they do have functioning gills, definitely prefer to breathe from the surface. The shape of a bowl does not seem to be one that a Betta really enjoys, y'know?
The second reason is that while there are 5-8 gallon fishbowls/vases/etc most tend to go with a bowl that is 2 gallons or under. In my opinion this is not an acceptable size in which to house a Betta, whom if not provided with the right stimulation can become lazy and die from it at an early age. Probably the #1 cause of death for Bettas, I'd assume.
It seems that, generally, a lot people tend to think of a bowl/vase/etc as a decorative object, whereas a tank is more or less thought of as a pet.
I don't know if that makes sense.
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