10-31-2012, 03:07 PM
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Originally Posted by aemaki09
I wouldn't try to put the Betta in the Tetra tank.
BUT a 5g is not minimum size for a betta, they are usually very happy in a 2.5-5. In my experience when they are in anything bigger than a 5 they get nervous and want to hide, its too much space for them, always thought it was because they've been in crowded tanks and small bowls their whole lives.
It really all depends on you and how much space you have and how much money you want to spend though
I'm afraid that is not true, these fish do not live in puddles in nature despite popular belief. They live in rice patties which for all intents and purposes is a pond/small lake. They do prefer shallow water rather than deep. If the rice patties dry up, forming puddles, they will jump out in search of larger space.
While they are not by themselves, they also do not get stressed by being alone. In fact, whenever they encounter another they will fight to the death or until one leaves.
It is possible to keep a Betta alive in small volumes of water, but that is not ideal for them. One could also say a human only needs the space of a closet to survive, but the quality of life would not be very good.