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Discussion in 'FreshWater Beginner Information/Questions' started by Fogo26, May 25, 2017.

  1. Fogo26

    Fogo26 New Fish

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    Hello All

    So, I talked my parents into letting me get a fish, but I have to pay for it. The problem is that I'm a 16 year old high schooler with a limited income and I also have to save for other stuff. I was just looking to get a smaller tank for 1 betta without spending a ton of money if possible.

    I have read that round fish bowls aren't that best and I wasn't sure how to start off. Is a 2 gallon tank large enough? Do I for sure need a filter or heater?

    Once again, I do have a limited amount of money to spend on this so that is the problem here.

    Thanks for reading.
     
    #1 Fogo26, May 25, 2017
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  2. Molly@87

    Molly@87 New Fish

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    They sell the Berta start up kit at Walmart
     
  3. Alma@fish

    Alma@fish Small Fish

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    The 2-gallon tank sounds great! That would be a great improvement to what most betta fish live in. For now, you don't need a filter, and if you have some extra money then you could buy one, but for a betta, I don't think it is nessisary
     
  4. Bananas

    Bananas New Fish

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    Most bettas can live in 1 quart jars. 2 gallons is more than enough. If something is cheaper than the 2 gallons you have your eye on, that would be good enough. Bettas are used to living in harsh climates. If you do get a cheaper tank then you can spend the rest of it on filters or heaters. I don't think it it necessary, though.
     
  5. Travis Bickle

    Travis Bickle New Fish

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    I would recommend that you throw an almighty tantrum to try to get your parents to agree to buy a 100 Gallon for the living room. You can then work that back and 'compromise' with the 2 gallon beta tank and they will think they're getting off light!
    You will definately need a filter, and unless you live in an environment which is at least 24 (although you're best keeping them at about 26) degrees all year you will definately need a heater. 2 gallon is fine size wise. When feeding a beta, you are best to get sinking foods as when they gulp from the surface they take air in as well and this effects the swim bladder.
     
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