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post #11 of 16 Old 10-22-2012, 04:21 PM
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post #12 of 16 Old 10-22-2012, 04:33 PM Thread Starter
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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.
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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.


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post #14 of 16 Old 10-22-2012, 05:53 PM Thread Starter
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I think this has become an effort to not keep fish in 2 gallons. I wont argue that. Nuff said. I'll leave this thread alone now.
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post #15 of 16 Old 10-22-2012, 08:25 PM
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You're giving giving the fish less room than the required 5 gallon tank (16" long) and less room than a 2.5 gallon tank (12" long). You're giving a fish that can get to around 2 and a half inches long, 8 inches of swimming space. This SHOULD be more than enough to convince you otherwise.
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post #16 of 16 Old 10-22-2012, 08:48 PM
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I truly don't understand the logic of comparing any aquarium setup to the cups bettas are sold in. Most everyone agrees that this is a horrid practice only undertaken by the ignorant and those only concerned with profit. It's synonymous with saying that keeping a person confined to a room is cruel, so keeping them confined to a house must be acceptable because it is bigger than a single room worth of space. I think most would agree that a house is better than a room, but this is still no way to live a happy life. I firmly agree with the 5 gallon minimum proposed by others; this space is your fish's entire world, they can't leave the tank like you can leave your house.

My rule is always to emphasize quality over quantity. Sure, I could have 15 bettas in 1 gallon containers, but having 2 bettas each in their own 10 gallon tanks is going to be much more rewarding.

20 gallon long: 3 adult Neolamprologus similis + about 11 fry of various ages; low light planted tank
20 gallon long:2 freshwater dwarf puffers (Puff Puff and Poofer); medium-light planted tank
10 gallon: 1 male betta named Wormy; low light planted tank
10 gallon: 1 male betta named Dante; low light planted tank
2, 5.5 gallon tanks that are currently empty (I see more fish on the horizon )
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