06-29-2010, 06:23 PM
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I have a small 1 gallon triangle tank with some shrimp in it, as well as bacopa, java fern, and a moss ball, and I just popped a normal household flourescent light into a desk lamp, and have that aimed at the back of the tank.
The plants in it all seem to be thriving, and it's a pretty cheap method, it seems that normal household flourescent bulbs are pretty good at small tanks from reading around different forums.
My concern would be with the betta in such a small tank, it seems like bettas are pretty undemanding, but still not quite that well for super small tanks.
My girlfriend had two bettas in 2 gallon bowls, and they both ended up sick, they're now in 5 gallon tanks with just cheap little filters and heaters, and they seem to be doing quite well.
It seems that most everyone who keeps bettas in bowls, end up with unhealthy bettas before long, so i would recommend getting a cheap little tank, and at least a sponge filter and a heater for it, I know how sad it can be to end up with sick fish, as well as very expensive to treat.