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Last edited - December 8, 2018

There are many options for your betta's new home. But not all of them are ideal. For example, those tiny bowls, vases, and other novelty containers may seem like an okay place to house your betta, but they're much more trouble than they're worth. First of all, in order for your water to be clean, you'd have to change all the water every 2 or 3 days, depending on the size. If you miss one cleaning, you may wake up the next morning with your betta floating belly up. Vases and bowls are also difficult to heat, let along maintain a constant temperature, both of which are critical to keeping a healthy betta. So what are the options and which one is the best?

Option #1 - The individual tank

This is the best possible home for your betta. Aquariums 2.5 gallons and up gives your friend plenty of room to swim around and show off his best colors and finnage. Plus, you can add a heater, filter, and decorations to make his home even better. Just remember that you can only have one male betta per aquarium.

3 gallon betta tank

Option #2- The smaller individual tank

If you're tight on money or space, then this is the choice for you. However, it's important to at least try to get the largest home you can afford. But if you do choose this set-up thinking that it will be easier to keep clean, well think again. In such a small space, waste accumulates to toxic levels in only a few days. Like I said before, if you buy those quart sized jars, be prepared to change all of the water every 2 or 3 days. Not only is this inconvenient for the owner, but it's stressful for the betta as well.

small tank

Option #3 - Divided aquariums

This option is third best because although it allows you to have more than one betta, it still has a few flaws. For example, if one betta is sick, the rest will become sick since they share the same water. There will also be problems with the water flow. One betta will be swimming in a whirlpool, while the others won't have any filtration. And if the dividers aren't high enough, one of the bettas may jump to the other side and then you'd end up with injured or even dead bettas.

divided betta tank

Option #4 - Betta Barracks

Betta barracks are similar in both pros and cons to the divided tank but is worse because most barracks are way too small. What it is is basically a smaller tank that either floats or attaches to the inside of a larger aquarium, thus saving space. However, because it is too small, the betta is more likely to jump out into the main tank and if the main tank is filled with incompatible fish such as tiger barbs, you can say bye to your betta.

betta barracks

Option #5 - Betta in a bowl

This is one of the WORST possible homes one can give his or her betta. First of all, most are too small. Secondly, the shape of the bowl inhibits sufficient oxygen from getting to the betta. Thirdly, many bowls that come with a plant give instructions saying that the betta should not be fed because the plant and the betta feed each other. Do not listen to any of that. Bettas are carnivores, meaning plants don't give them any nutritional value. Sure they'll nibble on the roots, but only because they're extremely hungry. I'm sure you would eat a bug if you were starving.

betta bowl

I don't mean to scare you away from keeping bettas, but so many people keep them in small bowls or don't even bother to keep up with their cleanings. Then, they're confused about why their fish are dying. Just remember to always try to give the best for your betta and they'll thank you with their unique personality.

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