10-22-2012, 05:48 PM
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Originally Posted by Xeek
I haven't found anyone to provide me with an unsolvable problem having 3 bettas in this particular tank.
#1 Being a long tank swim space is more adequate than it normally would be in that amount of water. They are mostly top swimmers, not necessarily needing as much vertical area to swim in.
#2 Filtration? Current? That's not a valid issue. There are ways of filtering the water without adding current. A very inexpensive sponge filter or 2 for example.
#3 Fish won't be happy? It's hard to decide how the fish feels. Bettas don't seem to be as active swimmers as some fish, and it's a huge difference in opinion from many in this hobby. I have a betta in 5 gallons and really he only hangs out in one corner of the tank (generally the corner closest to his feeding machine (me)).
#4 Hard to heat? 2 compact heaters on either side of the tank is not hard to do.
No one can convince someone who isn't willing to listen.
The "unsolvable problem" is a space issue. 2 gallons is not sufficient for a fish to live.
Adding an addition filter will only cause problems. If you have to add another filter to your tank, you're overstocking. Period. Adding another filter to a tank WILL increase the current.
Fish's happiness can be somewhat subjective at times, but you cannot honestly say that you would enjoy being trapped in a tiny room/cage your entire life. Your example is completely anecdotal. Just as you have a Betta that keeps to one spot, I have one that swims around an entire 10 gal tank. I'm talking about the species as a whole.
I never said anything about adding 2 heaters. I would highly advise against 2 heaters in such a small tank. All I said is that a heater is a good idea as it will help keep a stable temperature.