Originally Posted by aemaki09
I never said they live in Puddles. I said that In MY experience and many my fellow Betta keepers experiences, betta's get stressed in tanks larger than 5 gallons. 95% of the betta's I've had over the years were a thousand times happier in a tank size ranging from 2.5-5 gallons. I also never said that in every case this is the same, i am saying that in mine and a majority of the people I know who keep Betta's opinions this has been the case
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And I can point to an equal number of people who say the opposite.
There were hordes of people who use to believe bettas lived perfectly happy in an unheated bowl with a plant growing in it. They believed the plant kept the water clean (no water changes) and that the betta would just eat the roots for food. They believed they were happy because bettas would still blow bubble nests.
My point is only that anecdotal stories are just that, stories and not science. With fish I'll always side with their natural environment as much as can be done in the home aquarium. Personally, I use a 10 gallon. Now if someone has a published source from an Ichthyologist saying otherwise I'll be the first to admit I'm wrong.