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post #1 of 33 (permalink) Old 04-19-2003, 03:57 PM Thread Starter
 
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I've just set up a small bowl for some plants i found in a river, it is only housing 2 snails. Anyway, this has inspired me to try the nano thing. I dont want to use a bowl, as i like looking at tank better than a bowl, and that bowls can be pretty cruel. So i've decided to build/buy a 2 gallon tank, but i dont know what fisk to stok it with. I guess a betta, and maybe a Amano shrimp would do pretty good in there? Lightning will be a small halogen lamp, with a 20 watt bulb. Other suggestions are welcome.

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Only if the bowl is big enough is when I like bowls.

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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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Get a 5gal or more for a betta.
2 gal bowl keep snails and shrimp.
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Get a 5gal or more for a betta.
2 gal bowl keep snails and shrimp.

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i have 3 betta tanks that hold roughly 2 gals of water (probably 2.5 gal capacity). well planted and filtered. betta have done beautifully in this set up for about a year with 50% weekly water changes.
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Yeah, and my sisters Betta lived two years in a 2 gallon with a Dwarf Corydora, doesn't mean they were happy.

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2 gal bowl keep snails and shrimp.


Couldn't agree more. I really hate seeing betta trapped in small containers. They might be able to survive in them, but they don't thrive in them (any more than any other animal thrives in a small enclosure).


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Exactly.

A mouse can live in a 12"X12" but it won't be very happy or live very long. My med-large dog could live in an 8'X8' yard with a fence and house, but that doesn't make it acceptable.

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i'm not sure they're happy or depressed, but i think they're healthy.

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You think....?
How long do your Bettas (or others in that set up) live, might I ask?

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tanks have been running for a year, bettas have been in for 9 months...so far so good. fish are active, finnage still looks great.
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While that is good to hear (that your fish are doing well) I still don't agree with it.

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Compelled to voice my opinion here. I find anything under 5 gallons for a betta inhumane. Not that it makes a difference, all animals deserve to be treated well regardless of intelligence, I've found that bettas are intelligent, almost self-aware fish.
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Very well-said PurpleVal, spot-on.

Try this to prove it to yourself if you must.

Buy a Betta and keep him in a 2 gallon bowl, with plants and nice gravel, etc.
Examine, observe and interact with him for a few days.
(Your one step ahead here, Jason! )
Move that same fish to 5-10 gallon tank (the longer the better) and you can see an obvious difference, almost instantly.

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