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Old 03-15-2013, 12:38 AM   #11
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Did some more calculating with the new measurements and the tank will hold approximately 3.6 gallons, though I'm sure actual water volume will differ when I add plants/gravel etc. Can't wait to get started!
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what are you planning to stock it with once done?
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Just one betta fish. Three and a half gallons may seem a little excessive to some for a betta but I think he'd be happier than lazily swimming around in a half gallon plastic tank.
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As for plants I was planning on a few stalks of bamboo though I may include a semi-aquatic flowering plant if I can find one. Natural river pebbles for the substrate.
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I have a betta on a7 gallon cube, so yes they do thrive under more spacious conditions. I have one concern though:

Bettas do need air to breath, so are you planning on keeping a bubble at the top, or are you expecting the betta to find his way down and up to avoid drowning?
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Betta are able to take in oxygen through their gills, but in the wild they adapted to breath directly from the surface since the tiny ponds they live in are either stagnant or just too small during the dry season. I plan on incorporating a tiny filter to help circulate the water, but I have no fear of my betta drowning.
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Betta are able to take in oxygen through their gills, but in the wild they adapted to breath directly from the surface since the tiny ponds they live in are either stagnant or just too small during the dry season. I plan on incorporating a tiny filter to help circulate the water, but I have no fear of my betta drowning.
+1 on the betta info. also its a widely accepted idea that bettas prefer tiny .5 or 1 gallon bowls, but in actuality, its been found they do better in 5-10g tanks. they also do not fight everything like most would have you believe. ive seen male bettas incorporated into community tanks on several occasions. anxious to see this tank once its done
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I do have a 10gal platy tank (with a couple of cory cats and kuhli loaches) and I did consider letting my betta explore it and see how he does, but my male platy seems to be aggressive towards one particular female and I'm afraid he might nip at my betta's fins.
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Old 03-15-2013, 09:03 PM   #19
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Thank you for sharing. The main reason I was bringing that was because not to long ago I was in the market for a 5G+ tank to put a Betta and I was considering those aquacubes from Fluval that have glass on top, and several people (predominantly on Facebook fan pages about bettas) told me to stay away from those since they ended up losing some bettas to the design.
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Old 03-16-2013, 10:10 PM   #20
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Here's the lucky little guy that's going to occupy the tank. He's not very exotic but still quite handsome.
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