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Old 04-22-2015, 06:32 PM   #1
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Betta Falls (On going tank review)

Betta Falls, the wonderful looking tank by Aqueon that houses three unique Betta's for your viewing pleasure, but is it?

First let me say, I like the tank. It's a really cool looking design and I am hopeful. Out of the box you will be stunned that this tank is bigger than you think, and each of the three compartments are bigger than you would expect.

Let me dispel some of the nonsense spewed out by people that only have reviewed the tank from a picture and not first hand experience.

One: To much flow for your Betta's. Causing the Betta's to get into
the other tank.


The Aqueon Betta Falls tank instructions specifically tell you to turn the pump all the way down to the lowest position. This causes the pump to not pump much at all. There is still a little current, but not enough to cause your betta's harm nor any real stress. Plus, the company tells you that plants help break up the flow for your betta's. Plants put into the proper position is important for this tank to work correctly. There is also lids to each separate tank. Each with small greats where it covers the fall part perfectly, there is no chance your betta's can get into another tank.

Two: No place to put a heater, the tank has no where to put anything.


Not only is this utter nonsense, the company tells you that you can buy their LED curve light to put in the base of the unit for lighting. So naturally there is space to put a heater. My tank a lone has a little heater that I put into the base. The cord come out where the pump cord comes out.

Third: Their too small for the Betta and therefor Betta death traps.

let me make something straight here. Each individual tank is larger than you think. Each holds almost a half gallon of water each with enough room for the fish to swim and gain access to the top for oxygen breathing. it took me two gallons to fill the whole tank with base. Hardly the death trap it's made out to be. Having said that, I do believe each compartment could be bigger and this tank would be much better if it only two compartments where used for the tank instead of three.

Fourth: The Betta's will see one another and flare up all the time and stress
out constantly.

Simply can't happen. Each tank has the side that is against the other tank frosted. If the Betta sees anything it's just a floating blob and not another Betta. Your Betta's will not see one another at all, and no flare up.

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Tank is extremely well built and it's your standard size small Betta tank. The plus side of the tank is it's filtered and has space under the tank for a heater and lighting. The downside of the tank is each compartment is just barely big enough for each Betta to live. Aqueon has a winner of a tank here if they made some adjustments. For starters give more space, make the tank bigger if you want three Betta's in one tank. Each compartment should at LEAST be a gallon and not barely half a gallon. Keep the same pump as each tank being a gallon would also allow for less flow.

Aqueon could keep this tank as small as it is, because this is meant to be a desktop tank or counter tank. The only improvement I would make is get ride of the center tank and combine the first and third into two tanks. This simply means you would have two Betta's and not three.

Would I recommend this tank?

In it's current state, not really. I got excited when saw it and I bought it. I am stuck with it now and I do intend on putting Betta's into the tank. I plan on getting smaller plants as well, the ones I got were to large, and I am adding Moss Balls to each tank. I also added Bio-Rings into the filter. If someone were to ask me at work would I recommend this tank to them, I would say no. I think a one gallon starter kit is better for a Betta owner. I think a 5 gallon tank is the best for the first time Betta owner. I do tend to see Betta's freaking out in larger tanks, I think they just like an area they fill is theirs.

I would however feel a little comfortable if someone where to buy this tank for Betta's. It's a lot better tank than what I have seen Betta's go home to. As long as they listen to the instructions and turn down the pump and put plants to block the flow even more. This tank will make a fine Betta home, better than 90% of the homes our there for Betta's, and trust me, I have seen them all. Even the horrible pocket tank, which I refused to allow a Betta to go home in.

It's hard to dispel the myth that Betta's need no heaters, or that they LOVE really small space's. They think of rice patty's as puddles and not the LARGE area of water they are. People grow food in rice patty's, do you honestly think their going to be puddles? Some can be six feet deep, and the Betta fish lives happy. I think they do well in small places because of the dense vegetation their use to. To them, their territory is small, but in reality they can live in large bodies of water. I just think where a lot of people go wrong with Betta's in larger tanks, is they don't mimic their environment well and they freak out.

My first Betta lived for six years in a one gallon tank, he was my buddy and he moved with me. It was a small one gallon corner tank I had on my head board. The second Betta I owned was in a 2.5 gallon and he freaked out and jumped. I am hoping with this tank, I can get three Betta's to live long happy lives. I think it's possible, but I might end up moving them out of the tank into something bigger for each. Working where I work it will be easy to make sure my Betta's will be happy!

Give some recommendations, I think if this tank can't be really used for Betta's, it can still be used for something, but what? Please feel free to leave recommendations as well as your comments about the tank.

One recommendation I saw was to add guppies (by someone that called this a Betta death trap), so please make it a serious recommendation someone can really use.
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Old 04-23-2015, 11:19 PM   #2
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I changed my mind. :-p
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Speaking from an adult standpoint, I like the tank it's quite unique. I've thought about getting it. If I were to I would just have some shrimp though, I'm a personal believer that bettas need 2.5 or more gallons each but that's just me. If they made a larger version of this I would definitely look into. Great read and I read the Amazon reviews and reading this reminded me of them. It's all hogwash you can clearly see the difference just by the pictures of the blurred glass and filter output.


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Thanks, that was the point I was trying to get across. The issue was (I don't know if you saw the first set of conversation), when this first came up. Some people on here started bashing the Idea of me putting Betta's into this tank. They did not read anything I said.

I said, I am going to put three betta's in this tank, but I am going to move them out to bigger individual tanks. I just don't have the Money to do so, I do have a 5 gallon and a 10 gallon already, but no money to set them up. I spent the money on this tank, lol.

My only question to the person was why shrimp? Shrimp are living things that want to move around and have space. I have seen them zip around and move very fast sometimes. It just seems people get so engrossed into one living thing, they forget the rest. Sort of like the comparison to the "Tang Police" I did talk about. They get so bent out of shape with one species of animal, they forget the others.

I did put myself out here on the internet, I should have known. :-p

I think I want to get some Betta's from the little cups there in now, and give them some more space. This tank will allow for more space, what's their alternative? I have seen too many Betta's get sold to people that should not have any live animals, that I am going to get three and give them a better life, and upgraded them later. This tank is 100 times better than a lot of the alternatives.
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Betta Falls (On going tank review)

The next update in my Betts Falls Review.

I put a Betta in the tank, just one right now in the middle tank. I put a Betta that was returned to the store. A person bought the poor thing and the put it in with an Angelfish. Needless to say the Betta has no fins left. So his name is "Stubs"!

So what's my take of the tank now it has a Betta in? Simply put, the tank sucks. LoL

Sure it's a better home than a cup, but any one can see it's just big enough and that's it.

While it looks cool, my Betta will be going into a five gallon very soon. I am going to be buying a sponge filter for the 5 gallon.

The Betta Falls is cool in concept, but not in execution. This makes a pretty temporary tank for "Stubs", but it will not be his home forever.


My final recommendation to anyone thinking of buying this tank for a Betta is, don't do it! You can get a nice 2.5 gallon tank for a cheaper price. Don't be like me that now has to live with the fact I spent money on this tank.

This tank will be turned into a planted tank. I am going to do some research to see if anything can be housed in this tank besides small shrimp. Anyone know anything about African Dwarf Frogs?

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You could probably do an ADF in one of the compartments, I'd maybe do that and besides that there's not really that much you can do besides MAYBE shrimp. You could research some of the micro rasboras out there, but you might need to get Theresa on that one, she keeps several species I think.
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Maybe a baby Betta for a couple months and really close attention to the water parameters.

It is really pretty tank idea, just wish it was bigger too. Making a bigger one would be cool.

The size is the difference in providing an existence for the fish's life and creating a biotope for an enjoyable life. Even jailed prisoners get out to walk around, a Betta in a tiny cup or bowl will live a miserable existence. Most of you all here know that unless you are really a noob.

It is safe to say not every one knows how to take care of a Betta, and misinformation from a pet "specialist" at a pet store doesn't help. Learning can take awhile and that is a great reason for AA to be here and for people helping others to be kind and polite. The Betta isn't going to die in a week or a month if it is well taken care of but long term, is sad if they are in tiny spaces. We have rescued Bettas in the past. Good luck and good fish keeping - Stubs has a great chance now for a good rest of his life. Chances are he will be a fabulous pal for you! Thanks for the discussion/review on the tank.
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Betta Falls (On going tank review)

I am a pet specialist at a pet shop. LoL

I saw the tank and went nuts over the design. I thought it was the coolest thing ever and it is! The problem is, its just big enough. That's the problem, it's big enough for a better life outside the cup, but not big enough for a great life for a Betta. The tank itself is a 2 gallon tank all together. I got bio-rings and a heater in the base part to get more bio filtration.

This tank would be way better if there was two compartments and not three. More space for the betta's and the same pump would mean less flow. Than this tank would be a winner for a unique Betta tank. As it currently is, I will not recommend this to my customers, but it's better than some of the tanks we sale. It sucks to see a Betta go home in a .5 gallon tank. Still better than cups, but not by much.


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Hmm, I could see it being used as a growout tank for fry- simultaneously a display and growout. Would be pretty cool. Thoughts?
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Too much current for it to be a fry tank.


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