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Old 09-27-2010, 07:42 AM   #21
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thanks guys, know onto convincing my mom to let me get another tank
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Old 09-27-2010, 08:40 AM   #22
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Lol, I know nothing about construction so I dint know about the stand, but a have used one those critter keepers to carry and water sample in and it cracked on the side and lid kept coming off and it broke, not the greatest thing for water containment, even Though one says it for fish. You cam get s 5g tank with canopy for under $20. Those terrariums are really thin plastic because there for reptiles. So you really couldn't heat it, which is what betta should have. They need constant 77-79 is preferably the best. I'd be more concerned with the tank than the stand. And with that lid you couldn't add any thing with cord to it like a sponge filter, heater, thermometer probe, etc. It's your decision, it's not my tank but I'd suggest against a terranium and suggest a glass fish tank and canopy for under $20. It doesn't have to be one of those big sets just a 5 dollar tank with 10 dollar canopy. But it's your decision, nit mine, your fish, not mine.
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Old 09-27-2010, 12:21 PM   #23
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It looks sturdy enough. I've kept a 5g on a cheap bookshelf from Target. You're only looking to support ~50lb. Books aren't light.
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You would think from all the people who think the iPad is heavy they would be. Haha
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take that 5 gallon bucket you have there, fill it with water, and set it up there. See if the bookshelf bends or tweaks or anything.
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take that 5 gallon bucket you have there, fill it with water, and set it up there. See if the bookshelf bends or tweaks or anything.
Good idea. I'm pretty sure a 5g bucket really holds 7-8g, so there's be some factor of safety built into that test.
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Bucket would also put more stress on shelf because (most) buckets would cover less surface area of the shelf than a tank where the weight would be more evenly spread out. If the shelf can sustain the bucket, it is a good sign. You still might want to consider the effect of occasional bumps etc. to the shelf.
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i did that on saturday actualy (with the two gallon so even more wieght) and the shelf did fine, no physical bowing so i think i will get a 5 gallon... now to convincing my mom to let me get another tank
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Lol, I know nothing about construction so I dint know about the stand, but a have used one those critter keepers to carry and water sample in and it cracked on the side and lid kept coming off and it broke, not the greatest thing for water containment, even Though one says it for fish. You cam get s 5g tank with canopy for under $20. Those terrariums are really thin plastic because there for reptiles. So you really couldn't heat it, which is what betta should have. They need constant 77-79 is preferably the best. I'd be more concerned with the tank than the stand. And with that lid you couldn't add any thing with cord to it like a sponge filter, heater, thermometer probe, etc. It's your decision, it's not my tank but I'd suggest against a terranium and suggest a glass fish tank and canopy for under $20. It doesn't have to be one of those big sets just a 5 dollar tank with 10 dollar canopy. But it's your decision, nit mine, your fish, not mine.

i actualy went to petco yesterday and saw how cheap they were so i didnt buy one, i looked for a basic 5 gallon tank but all i could find was a 2.5gal with a glass canopy... could i divide a 2.5 for 2 bettas?
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I wouldnt put 2 bettas in a 2.5. Theyve got to have a plain 5g glass tank somewhere for like under 10 bucks, I know It. Would you consider ordering one? Check walmart mine always has empty plain old glass tanks 5 10 and 20g for about 1.50 per gallon. My Petco never has plain old tanks, only sets.
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