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Fish/whats the smallest tank possible for my pet betta ?


I just recently got a betta fish I've owened them before but I've lost all my tanks an I only have a 1 quart fish bowl and I know that they are top water breathers so I'm not worried about oxygene loss I'm just worried about his overall health

A 1 quart fish bowl is cruel for any fish. No fish should be put in a bowl. Nothing.

In a matter of hours ammonia build-up happens in a tiny bowl and the fish starts a long slow death of being burned by ammonia. Eventually you will see red streaks or dots and then the gills will deteriorate.

If you do not understand what I am saying imagine if I stick you in a closet with your own waste building up around you. Eventually you will die from the toxicity of the fumes. Right?

A single Betta Splenden needs a fully cycled 5 gallon aquarium with filter + heater. They sell 5 gallon starter kits at Wal-Mart for 20 US dollars...all you need to buy is a heater.

Research how to cycle an aquarium. Do weekly water tests to keep an eye on your cycling.

Remember research is key! If you are thinking of housing ANY animal remember to read up on their proper care because there are a lot of misconceptions in this world.


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Ash WolFF


My knowledge of fish ranges from freshwater and saltwater fish compatibility and care from easy livebearers to monster fish. I can help you set up a simple freshwater aquarium to a complicated reef tank. I would be pleased to assist anyone who is new to the aquarium hobby.


I have been in the aquarium hobby for eight years mostly dealing with large and small aquariums. I keep mostly monster fish (Arowana's, Large Cichlids; Oscars, and freshwater/saltwater eels specifically) but now that I am in college I am keeping a 30 gallon tropical community and a 45 gallon brackish aquarium while my father tends to the big monsters I left behind.

I'm on YouTube! My 30 gallon community posts are the only ones that are up so far. My Brackish tank is next! I'm on Yahoo Answers:

I am currently in college aiming for a job in Marine Biology.

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