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Bettas in small tanks

Does anyone else agree that there is no way its okay to keep a betta in anything smaller then 20 litres/5gal, In a 1gal it would be like living in a cupboard, I think this rumor was made up as pet shops couldn't afford to keep them all in their own tanks, what are everyones views on this?
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Usually people on here don't go smaller than 2gallons. I prefer a 5 gallon or larger for bettas.

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yes.. 1 gallon jars from walmart
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my opinion is that anything is better than having bettas in those cups
that the stores keep them in.


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I think 2.5 gallon should be bare minimum but I have kept happy, healthy bettas in 1 gallon tanks. Some betta won't tolerate a 5 gallon, others won't tolerate a 1 gallon. It all depends on the fish and its personality as well as the amount of upkeep you are willing to do on the tank.
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I think 2.5 gallon should be bare minimum but I have kept happy, healthy bettas in 1 gallon tanks. Some betta won't tolerate a 5 gallon, others won't tolerate a 1 gallon. It all depends on the fish and its personality as well as the amount of upkeep you are willing to do on the tank.
water changes are a must!
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There normal territory size in the wild is about a meter squared supposedly... that's a big aquarium.

Because they can breath air they tolerate tiny aquariums better than most fish, but that doesn't mean its healthy for them.
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my opinion is that anything is better than having bettas in those cups
that the stores keep them in.
Agree but the other side of the coin: buying from those stores encourages them to keep buying from their supplier and selling them in tiny cups more.



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I think 2.5 gallon should be bare minimum but I have kept happy, healthy bettas in 1 gallon tanks. Some betta won't tolerate a 5 gallon, others won't tolerate a 1 gallon. It all depends on the fish and its personality as well as the amount of upkeep you are willing to do on the tank.
Agree about personalities and care! People who leave thief fish to stew in its own waste for months on end in tiny tanks have miserable fish. All pets need care and cleaned up after.

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I think people are missing the fact that the cups are meant to be temporary. Even breeder setups have them in small containers when they need separated.
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I thought these pictures of a betta farm were interesting:

http://redhillbetta.50webs.com/Priva...der/index.html
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my opinion is that anything is better than having bettas in those cups
that the stores keep them in.
I agree although it is better to keep them in bigger tanks and they should be in bigger tanks.
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Baloney. 2 gallons is fine. 1 gallon is fine. Bigger is better, but not always... there are many reports of bettas that get nervous and unhappy in big tanks, and prefer a cozier environment. Just make sure necessary maintenance is not neglected, in whatever tank you have... the same advice that applies to ALL fish. Level of maintenance will vary with the tank in question. Just because examples of bad fishkeeping are easily found doesn't mean that anyone with the same sort of tank falls into that same category.
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Agree with kman.

I even have some males in less than a gallon. They get water changes every 5 days, the bowls get thrown in the dishwasher, the fish get rotated to a fresh new bowl, may be up -scaled or down -scaled in size, but seems to add to their enrichment. No one is sick, depressed, or cramped. I have some that seem to prefer smaller, and feel more secure, and others appear to like the roomier accommodations.

My "betta cups" I use as separators for growing aggressive young uns, and those for sale/trade/raok are actually plastic bug observatories from the dollar store. These are roomier than cups, and also dishwasher safe. Comes with a lid and little magnifying glass built in. Long, kidney shape-ideal for young bettas. However, as I "lighten the load", these fish get upgraded to 1/2 gallon jars.

Females get removed from sorority and put in a half gallon jar next to the prospective husband for a couple weeks, to get to know each other and to condition, bred, pampered in her 1/2 gallon jar after for a week in case she gets injured during breeding, then back to the sorority.

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Last couple of betta's I've had were kept in 3 gallon aquariums. One guy went five years before passing and the other is still going strong after two.


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Last couple of betta's I've had were kept in 3 gallon aquariums. One guy went five years before passing and the other is still going strong after two.
I had a betta at my office for 7 years. In a half gallon bowl. Happy and sassy to the end.
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