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Optimal Tank Size for a Betta

I'm thinking about getting a new aquarium after going without for several months.

I want to keep it simple. I'm just going to get a betta. I was planning on going with a 5.5 gallon. Would a 10 be better? I just think it might be too big (if that's possible). I don't want him getting lost in there.
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Bigger is always better. If it's between the 5.5 and the 10, go for the ten. Really though, it's like saying you would get more lost in a closet than a cupboard. :P

Keep in mind that a betta's natural habitat can have very shallow water, but it can go on for huge distances... so there are thousands of gallons of water. Mine guy is in a 90 and he swims all over it.


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I'm thinking about getting a new aquarium after going without for several months.

I want to keep it simple. I'm just going to get a betta. I was planning on going with a 5.5 gallon. Would a 10 be better? I just think it might be too big (if that's possible). I don't want him getting lost in there.
Bigger is always better. I've seen Bettas in 300 gallon tanks!
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i have a 10 gallon, and my lovely betta uses all of it


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I have one in 5g and a 6.6g bookshelf tank. The 6.6 is ideal I think because it is not too deep but long so he swims all over. I think a 10 would be sweet, but if it is shallow because they are air breathers so deep tanks I would shy away from. Post pics!

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my betta owns the whole 10g


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Bigger is better - get a 20g or 30

j/k - if you had to choose - 10 gal all the way! Also make sure you do put a filter and stuff in - despite what people believe, Bettas don't want to be swimming in their own filth just like you wouldn't want to.

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Before mine passed away he was in a 50g
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They like heavily planted too with places to frolic about. I always find mine in some sort of new hiding place or up to something devious.

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They like heavily planted too with places to frolic about. I always find mine in some sort of new hiding place or up to something devious.
mine too! he so controls and swims around the whole tank


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The more space they have to patrol the happier they usually are. But a 5 will work as well if you are tight on space.
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Just ask anyone in a pet store. They like extremely small spaces where they can't move, no filter, cold water, ammonia, and filth everywhere!

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Just ask anyone in a pet store. They like extremely small spaces where they can't move, no filter, cold water, ammonia, and filth everywhere!

Yea seriously - don't you wish you could just buy them off to save them? Only problem is they'd just get more and do the same thing.

Where's the human society on that one! Do they cover fish?
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i have one in a 10g, and 1 in a 5g. they both are active and happy. the one in the 10 goes all over. =]

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The lovely -- and sorely missed -- betta in my avatar lived in a 29 gallon tank her entire life. She grew fat and happy hunting snails and never bothered the other inhabitants (rainbows). She patrolled the whole tank and was a great fish.

So yep, I'd go for the 10 gallon. Just make sure the filter isn't too strong, and of course he'll appreciate plants to swim through.
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