Best aquarium starter kits according to redditors

We found 344 Reddit comments discussing the best aquarium starter kits. We ranked the 64 resulting products by number of redditors who mentioned them. Here are the top 20.

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u/isanyonekeepingtrack · 101 pointsr/wheredidthesodago

5 gallon is a good size for a Betta. Something like this. If you want any other fish as well, then you need to get a 10 gallon or larger. Just keep in mind Bettas can be picky about tank mates.

u/Helpfullp0tato · 19 pointsr/bettafish

hello, thank you for the advice and i have researched better options for Charlie and i think
this might work, please let me know if this is ok

u/iwrestledasharkonce · 15 pointsr/wholesomememes

A good local fish store, a place that specializes in aquariums, is a great ally to have. Related are local small pet stores (no dogs and cats) and local pet stores. The more specialized you go, generally the better you get. There are bad ones - the LSPS and LPS that are very accessible to me are awful. Sick fish in dirty water, dead fish drying up on the floor :'(

I mostly go to Petco because the good LFS is a one hour train ride for me. Mine is well managed: the fish are healthy, the plants are nice, and the department manager has a lot of experience. A chain store may be your best option, and if the fish seem healthy (the water is clean, minimal fin damage, no visible diseases) then go for it. Not all Petco are created the same.

Live plants: You can buy online (/r/aquaswap and /r/PlantedTank are two subreddits for this) or buy in-store. LFSs often have live plants. Petco sometimes has plants - buy the ones in the tanks, not the ones in the tubes. Petsmart only has tube plants, which have to go through an adaptation period after being submerged, and they may not survive that period. Awfully expensive on top of that! You can do a snail dip to clean up your plants before placing them in your tank.

As for tanks... whatever makes you happy. Betta prefer horizontal space to vertical space, but this seems to be a very popular tank on /r/bettafish. Buying tanks online can be a crapshoot; make sure that the price is competitive because often they'll jack it up to make up shipping costs for a large, heavy, fragile item. I suggest you look in person. I've been happy with this one but I would recommend going 5 or even 10 gallons if it's your first swing after you've been out for a while.

They have a betta care sheet at /r/bettafish, and if you search "tank recommendations" you'll turn up a whole slew of what's worked well for others :)

Good luck!

u/Delstein · 12 pointsr/wheredidthesodago

And, as even more evidence of how terrible of a product this is (for fish, anyway), the Amazon reviews for the product.

u/NOLAFatCat · 11 pointsr/Aquariums
u/PixelVector · 11 pointsr/Aquariums

This is the first I've seen that people think live plants are absolutely vital for all fish like having a filter and heater.

OP made an aquarium for his niece than isn't a heaterless 1.5 gallon beta bowl with a gold fish in it. That's more than many parents/uncles/aunts can say. He could have done so. much. worse.

u/teskham · 10 pointsr/bettafish

If you can manage a little over $35 I'd recommend this tank from [Amazon] ( After that some nice aquatic plants like an [Amazon sword] ( or [Anubias] (, bettas love broad leaves, and a heater. Finnley will be the happiest guy in town.

u/framauro13 · 9 pointsr/bettafish

I hate to be a debbie downer, but I would say no. Bowls and jars aren't really suitable for fish. They're hard to clean, lack filtration, and just don't provide adequate space. Bettas need heated water, and filters are optional but strongly encouraged. Since they can breath from the surface, you can get away without a filter but even in that jar there is very little surface area. Not to mention, a full grown Betta is going to dirty the water up in a jar pretty fast. There's no swimming room in there, and I just don't think the fish would thrive at all in that. It might survive if you do constant daily water changes, but I don't think it would be a good existence for the fish.

My personal recommendation is that I wouldn't recommend keeping a Betta in anything less than 2.5 gallons, heated. I don't keep mine in anything less than 5 gallons, just to make sure they have adequate swimming room. If you're on a super tight budget, you might try looking on craigslist. If you've got some spare cash, I'd recommend this tank. It comes with a filter, is relatively cheap, and the only thing you'd have to add (equipment wise) is a heater.

Again, I fully understand being on a tight budget, but this would be a one time expense that would last across multiple fish, and could change your fish's lifespan from months to years.

u/Randomscreename · 9 pointsr/bettafish

I'm not trying to sound argumentative, but there is a reason people are telling you the same (above 2.5 gallons) for a betta. This is a LIVE creature that you have and are taking care of. Please make sure to put the life of a creature into consideration as your betta cannot take care of himself in captivity.

I think I have the perfect analogy for you today. Just like you in your dorm room, you can survive in there, but it lacks many of the amenities that a normal house might have. I'm sure you don't want to spend the rest of your life in a dorm room, huh? The same will go for a smaller tank for a betta. While it is true they can live in small spaces for a significant time, it is different from thriving. A tank size of 2.5 gallons or bigger (something like is awesome for the price!) with a heater and filter are necessary for keeping any betta, unless you are going to do daily 50%+ water changes. This shouldn't break the bank, and most dorm policies allow up to a 10 gallon aquarium/terrarium. Think of it as "graduating betta school"

If you are in the Atlanta area and funds are an issue, I have an 8 gallon that housed my betta after moving to Atlanta (previous tank broke on the move, this was a replacement) that I am no longer in need of (

Please consider the quality of living for your Betta before deciding what you currently have is sufficient.

u/samuallblackson · 8 pointsr/bettafish

Check r/aquaswap for a cheaper tank. Bare minimum I like this tank though it’s only 3 gallons.

u/rued_rum · 8 pointsr/Aquariums
u/sarahkazz · 8 pointsr/Aquariums

Hey there!

Since space is a concern, I'd highly recommend starting with a fish who prefers to live alone. The humble betta fish is very hardy.

You could get away with a three gallon tank, but your fish would be much happier in something with 5 gallons. The 5 gallon cube tanks do not take up much space and would be perfect! There's actually some concern within the hobby that bowls may stress fish out because of the shape, so it's not just a size thing.

I would not count on an external radiator to keep your fish comfortable. a 25-50 watt heater isn't terribly expensive and would do a much better job of keeping it consistent. Fish are cold-blooded animals, and sudden swings in temperature that we might not even notice because our bodies regulate our temperature internally could be lethal to your finned friend.

So. I'd recommend starting with a 5 gallon aquarium This one is a little pricy but it comes with a light and a filter, so all you'd need is the heater and whatever you want to decorate the tank with. You will also need a good water conditioner. I like Seachem Prime.

Look up the nitrogen cycle. I would highly recommend cycling your tank before the fish goes in. If you do fish-out cycling, you could realistically get it done in about a month, especially if you use a substrate like Eco Earth.

Lastly, give your fish friend some places to hide. And plants! Easy live plants to keep are anubias and swords, and they will help keep your water tidy in between changes.

u/FartingWhooper · 7 pointsr/bettafish

This is the tank I have. It's a 5 gallon that comes with a flow controlled filter. Keep it on low flow because bettas like calm water. Get a water heater and keep it plugged in. You don't have to necessarily get this aquarium but there are several tanks like it. 5 gallon tanks will be the easiest to take care of when it comes to water quality and not that much more expensive than a 2 or 3 gallon.

He has fin rot. Before going aquarium salt, keep him in clean, heated water and see if it recedes. Aquarium salt is tricky because high loads of it can damage the fish. Get a cave and silk plants. Do the panty hose test. If it tears panty hose, it will tear the fins of a betta fish. Don't keep the light on in the aquarium if he fights his reflection. This will stress him out constantly fighting a fish that isn't there.

Keep a check on your water parameters. Use water fix solution when adding new water to make it safe for him.

Betta fish like a calm, warm tank that is undisturbed by bubbles and high flow.

You can get all of these supplies from a local pet store or WalMart.

u/xxxkyrareaperxxx · 7 pointsr/bettafish

I'm getting him this for his birthday :) Along with some tankmate friends.

u/movingWater · 7 pointsr/Aquariums

for an office aquarium i would suggest finding a 5 gallon tank of any shape you like. how about this one. then you can aquascape it in any manner you like. you can put killifish of your liking or a betta. or you can have a shrimp only aquarium with different colors of shrimp.

u/TheShadyMilkman206 · 7 pointsr/bettafish

Unfortunately aquariums are one of the only things that are generally more expensive on Amazon. Here are a few options that will be suitable for a betta with a few modifications:

u/Lolikeaboss03 · 6 pointsr/bettafish


api liquid test kit

sponge filter

airline tubing for sponge filter

air pump for sponge filter


fluval spec v kit. Comes with filter, decent light that can grow some lowlight plants, idk what else but I hear it's pretty good, I would look around on other sites to find it cheaper

dechlorinator if you don't already have it

heater, I happen to live somewhere where the temperature of my tank floats right in the bettas range, but if this isn't the case for you then you'll need a heater

You'll need something for a lid, can't find anything on amazon but you have a few options: going to a petstore and looking for a 5 gallon lid, going to other websites to look, or making a DIY lid, which can be done with greenhouse panels, or even wood if you don't mind cutting.

Substrate is optional, but if you want it you can either get pool filter sand, which you can find at your local Home Depot or lowes (assuming you're in the US), you'll have to rinse it first but it's really cheap, $8 for 50lb which is more than enough.

I would buy the tank in person at a store or on some site like Craigslist where you can find used tanks for cheap

Also, don't forget to cycle your tank, if you don't know what that is I would do some research on it, it's possibly the most important thing in keeping any aquatic creature

Off the top of my head, will continue to edit to add stuff

u/Jadis4742 · 6 pointsr/Aquariums

As someone who loves both aquariums and interior design - please god no. Get a nice coffee table then put a nice rimless tank on top. Look at how pretty this one is. Put in a beautiful betta fish or fill it with shrimp. Good beginner fish.

EDIT: changed suggested tank, this one has a better filtration system. (It's also the same one I have.)

u/Mr_Shiba · 6 pointsr/Aquariums

Fluval CHI 5G Tank - Dimensions are pretty good IMO, construction is awesome as well.

You can get the bundle with filter and light, but I prefer my sponge filters with 10 watt 65k LEDs.

u/ashybb · 6 pointsr/bettafish

marineland portrait I got it on amazon for 50$ last year. It’s 77$ now, I believe petco has it on their website for cheaper

u/buckystar07 · 6 pointsr/bettafish

We recently got this 5 gallon tank for our betta. It’s portrait style so the footprint is smaller and doesn’t take up much space.

MarineLand 5 gallon aquarium

u/_squidwardiard_ · 6 pointsr/bettafish

I would honestly recommend the Marina 5 gallon kit. It comes with an amazing filter that's super adjustable and some other stuff that I didn't end up using. I got the 10 gallon and its amazing!

Marina LED Aquarium Kit, 5 gallon:

u/Nik00117 · 5 pointsr/Aquariums

Why not turn this into a science lesson too? You see Betta produce waste which turns into Ammonia which is poisons, so you need bacteria to consume this. The bacteria produce Nitrites which bacteria once again produces Nitrates which only plants/water changes remove (hence why water changes are necessary)

I would recommend a simple starter aquarium that gives you the basics something like this:

And also buy some plants and read up on fishless cycling.

u/postdiluvium · 5 pointsr/bettafish

Buy a 5 gallon tank like this. Get some gravel and some low maintenance plants (cryptocorynes and anubias). Just make the tank look as nice as possible. The nicer it looks, the higher your chances your boss will reimburse you and expense the cost of the tank.

There are cheaper tanks out there. You can make a pretty nice 5 gallon setup for less than $100. Making it in less than $100 seems like it could be reimbursed easily.

u/how_fedorable · 5 pointsr/bettafish

the fluval spec V is very popular, but also pretty expensive, you can also look around on craigslist for a nice 10g with a decent filter, heater and lid! A long tank is better than a high or round tank, since it has more horizontal swimming space (and it makes it easier for the betta to chill near the surface).

You can also get a bare glass tank and then shop for the rest. A sponge filter + air pump is great, a 25 or 50 V adjustable heater will do fine. Then all you need is a lid and maybe a light. If you live in the US, you might want to wait for the dollar per gallon sale to pick up a nice 10 or 20 gallon!

If you do want to get a kit, fluval, eheim usually have good systems. Be sure to always look up the filters and lights! The filter might be a little too strong for a betta, or the lights might be too weak for live plants (if you want them).

u/littlestray · 5 pointsr/Pets

This is a really handsome tank right at what I'd consider the absolute minimum for a betta fish, that seems like it'd be great in an office environment. If you've more room, here's the 5-gallon version.

I'm a sucker for bettas. My last one had a ten gallon tank with live plants because I spoil my charges, but yeah.

I'm pretty sure that although scientists and teachers often keep axolotls in pretty small set ups, that they actually deserve tanks larger than what would be reasonable in an office environment, though they're my next dream pet personally.

Check out /r/aquariums!

u/ldean01 · 5 pointsr/bettafish

Yeah they're great, my betta hardly notices the shrimp. I've had ghost shrimp in the past too, but the Amano Shrimps are bigger and nicer to look at.

The tank, by the way, is available on Amazon and includes a filter, light, and compartment for the heater.

u/cheesethrower · 5 pointsr/bettafish

Fluval Spec 3

Best tank I've ever used. Built-in 3-stage filter concealed in the back, plus space for a 25w heater in the same compartment the pump is in.

If you get this tank I reccomend two things:

Get a Fluval Pre-filter sponge to place over the pump-output to diffuse the current

Set the pump to the lowest possible flow (It's still pretty strong so that's why you'll need the pre-filter sponge)

u/rabidoctopi · 5 pointsr/bettafish

I don't know if this fits in your space, but I got this aquarium: It's pretty cheap and has almost everything you need. You will have to baffle to filter, though.

u/Camallanus · 5 pointsr/bettafish

There's a Marineland 5g Portrait tank that will be on there at 3:19pm tomorrow:

Unfortunately, it's $47.59 normally and has apparently been marked up recently...

u/willy_p52 · 5 pointsr/Aquariums

It's not bad, but I would HIGHLY recommend that you get a larger aquarium, at least five gallons. For example. It is even on sale and comes with an overflow filter. A larger tank ensures that the betta will have enough space to swim and help you to maintain the tank as a larger volume of water is more forgiving in terms of water parameters. Also I would get different plants, this is because the ones that you listed are plastic and plastic plants will often have sharp edges that could damage the long fins of a betta. Instead get silk plants as they won't damage the fins. Also with the gravel you are getting, it is a very small amount, so either get more bags of it or go to your lfs, petco, petsmart or even walmart and see for yourself. Also the water conditioner you are planning to get is only 50mL which is really small, you might as well get a medium sized bottle instead of having to buy multiple small ones, save some $$. But otherwise everything is good.
Also, since this is your first aquarium, please do lots of research(if you already have then great). Especially look into "how to cycle your aquarium"
Sorry for writing so much lol.

u/[deleted] · 4 pointsr/Aquariums

What volume of water does it hold? What is the filter? Looks to me like it is too small, lacks a filter and lacks a heater.

Absolute minimum for bettas IMO is a 2.5 gallon and a filter like this

I always kept my bettas in a 5 gallon. Bigger tank lets you do more with it in terms of plants and hardscape. Plus the fish enjoy the room.

Here is a tank for $25 or one for $49.99 that would better serve your fish.

u/jwaterworth · 4 pointsr/bettafish

Fluval Spec V 5 Gallon Tank.

My company allows the employees to gift each other with points. The points can be turned into gift cards. I got the tank for free using my points.

I'd show a picture of the tank, but im embarrassed about how bare it looks. Once I get some plants in there I'll take some pictures.

u/hibbert0604 · 4 pointsr/bettafish

I never imagined that I would be a fish owner, but I have found myself with one, and I have a huge soft spot for all animals, so I can't stand to see them neglected so I want to provide the best home the little guy I can! Here is the list of what I've gotten so far. Let me know what you think and if I have made any mistakes!

Aquarium Rocks

He already has ~5lbs so I figure 10 lbs should cover a 5 gallon tank pretty well.

Betta Balls

Gravel Vacuum

Seachem Prime


Heater for 5 gallon tank

5 Gallon Tank

API Freshwater Test Kit

He already has a betta log, betta hammock, a small decorative plant, Tetra betta pellets, and some bloodworms for treats. Hopefully this covers all bases for little Zazoo! (Yes, my gf named him after the bird from the Lion King. Lol) If you have any other tips for a complete beginner, I'd love to hear them! Thank you for your suggestions!

u/Mac1822 · 3 pointsr/Aquariums

I have a 5g Tetra cresent. It is nice and 5 gallons is very small for a small puffer fish.

u/TrekkieTechie · 3 pointsr/PlantedTank

I got the kit at Petsmart, but it's widely available. [Here you go!] (

It is currently (over)stocked with 6 serpae tetras, 1 zebra danio, and 1 green cory. In a month or so it's going to be broken down when I transition to a larger tank, and will be restocked with one betta and one peppered cory, much more in line with its capacity.

I'm running the stock lights and in-tank filter, though I'm eyeing the Azoo Mignon 60, as supposedly it will fit this tank and free up some space/look better IMHO. Running an airstone off a Whisper pump, too.

u/ninjasniper78 · 3 pointsr/Aquariums
This is a 5 gallon tank
I changed the filter because it was awful. Also though's rocks are stacked so the crab can climb out of the water.

u/Leang · 3 pointsr/nanotank

I have a 3 gallon Walstad tank in my office with a couple of live plants (Anubias and a random grass-type), a filter, and a heater. Started with 5 Cherry Shrimp, but after a few bouts of eggs, am currently around 25-30 with more on the way. The setup is similar enough where I can share my own experiences.

  • I prefer minimal-looking rimless square-cornered glass tanks like this one. Unfortunately, they're still fulfilling Kickstarter pledges and are not being sold to public yet. If you can find something similar (tank only, ignore the add-ons), I'd say go for it. This 2.7g also looks good, but is slightly too big. They're easier to clean and don't scratch like plastic ones do. Water evaporation is pretty constant, but if you do weekly/bi-weekly water changes, it shouldn't matter. Alternatively, you can find plastic 1g tanks with lids that are made for betta-fish. They'd also be good for shrimp.
  • My filter is hardly ever turned on (5 minutes in the mornings to get some water circulation), so you may be able to get away with no filter as long as you have live plants and do weekly/bi-weekly water changes.
  • A heater is pretty important. I've never been able to keep happy shrimp without one. ~75 degrees ambient room temp would probably mean ~68 degrees in the tank. They'll survive, but will be slightly lethargic and will not breed.
  • Any desktop lamp should be sufficient if you choose easy-maintenance, low-light plants and use the suggested Walstad potting soil. Make sure you sift out large pieces of debris unless you like the natural messiness it gives. Also, I've noticed potting soil makes for a more pungent tank. Carpeting plants will be close to impossible without CO2 of some kind. I've tried to use liquid CO2 in the past, but could not get plants to carpet successfully. Java moss and Marimo balls are good choices for plants. Look into other low-light plants like Anubias. Drift wood provides good grazing for shrimp and works well as focal point for aquascaping, but fresh wood will leach tannins into your tank water and give it an amber/sepia hue.

    From my experience, you need 3 constants for Cherry Shrimp to be happy: temperature, food, and water quality.

  • Temperature: My heater is set to 74 degrees. They're silent and only kick in when the temperature falls below a certain threshold. I can't imagine anyone would give you a hard time for having it in your tank.
  • Food: Cherry Shrimp like to graze on organic matter that grow on top of surfaces. An established tank should have plenty of this. I've gone weeks without adding food and letting them survive on just grazing. But I've only had shrimp successfully breed by supplementing their grazing with more food. Currently, I add crushed up pellets of Crab Cuisine every other morning. They sink, making it ideal for shrimp.
  • Water quality: I do bi-weekly 50% water changes. Remember to use a water conditioner and try to keep the temperature similar.

    Crystal Red Shrimp are too delicate to work in a 1 gallon tank and Amano Shrimp get too big. Cherry Shrimp and various snails should be fine as long as you have enough surfaces and organic matter, and let the tank mature for a few weeks first. They'll also readily breed where Crystal Red Shrimp and Amano Shrimp won't.
u/jynnjynn · 3 pointsr/Aquariums

Well, 1st thing...
You dont want to mix the red and blue neo shrimp in the same tank. They will crossbreed and the offspring will be ugly wild type shrimp.

If you want multiple colors, consider going with a neocaridina and a caridina. Either the reds or dream blues and tangerine tigers or Orange eye blue tigers (OEBTs are kinda pricey) would work, and have compatible water params. You could also keep crystal red or black shrimp, or any of the tawian bees with the neos, but theyre more expensive and much more delicate, so not great for a brand new shrimpkeeper. I would also warn against that specific seller. I have seen a LOT of complaints about them... from shipping/communication problems to sick and poor quality shrimp.

Check aquabid, ebay, or the marketplace on shrimp specific forums like

For the price range of the tank you listed... I would go with this . It comes with a much better filter and is a nicer looking tank (nice rounded glass corners, rimless tank). It's also made of actual glass, so will not scratch as easily. Despite the description, it does NOT come with a light, however. Just as a heads-up.

You listed a sand substrate, and you listed dwarf baby tears. Sand has no real nutritional value, so plants won't grow well in sand. You will need to supplement with root tabs or switch to a more nutritious substrate. Dwarf baby tears are in general a really demanding plant. Youre going to need high light for them. Since it's such a small tank, a 6500k-7000k compact fluorescent clip light should do it, but you will likely also need Co2, or at least Excel to keep it alive. Monte carlo or glossostigma would both be a LITTLE easier.

For shrimp, you'll need to get a prefilter guard for your intake so you dont suck up babies.

You'll also want to get yourself a GH/KH test kit, as well as a standard water testing kit (API master test kit is my suggestion). If your PH is high, you may want to go with a shrimp specific PH buffering substrate. With Neos, you may be just fine without it, they are not nearly as picky about params as cards. If your KH/GH is too high you may need to use some distilled or RO water mixed with your tap, or your shrimp will be unable to successfully molt, killing them.

You want the tank to be fully cycled and well established before you add shrimp.

If you DO want dwarf baby tears, and do not plan to go with a fancy high tech Co2 setup, I would STRONGLY recommend dry-starting the tank. It's the only way youre really gonna get a nice carpet without Co2.

u/smasherella · 3 pointsr/pics

I see these at Petsmart all the time.

u/Quixle · 3 pointsr/humorousreviews
u/rainbowmushr00m · 3 pointsr/bettafish

I personally like the Fluval Spec V for betta. Just add a heater and it's good to go.

u/cosalich · 3 pointsr/Aquariums

The crowd favorite seems to be the Fluval Spec V which has a good light and filter. You would just need a heater and substrate.

The reason I'm building my own is because I have specific space requirements and a canister filter that I want to accommodate for. The cost of the glass was only $40 so it made total sense for me.

u/weenie2323 · 3 pointsr/nanotank

The Fluval Spec 5gal and Fluval Flex 9gal are great looking all-in-one's and have nice large filter areas where you can add extra media and hide the heater. Build quality is good, lights are good enough to grow plants well and they are virtually silent. I own both of these tanks and I keep shrimp in the Spec 5. You will need to slightly modify the filter intake to prevent shrimp from getting into the filter area, I just cover the intake by gluing a square of black foam over it, it's barely noticeable and it works.

u/anonymoose_octopus · 3 pointsr/bettafish

If a fish is inactive, it usually means they don't have enough room to swim around and explore. 5 gallons is beautiful for a betta, you should do a 5 gallon with live plants, it's beautiful to look at! If you're concerned about price as well, here are some good options:

  • Petco has 5 gallon Aqueon tanks for sale for ~$16 dollars.
  • A good filter to use for these would be the Aqueon Quietflow Internal Filter AT10. I use one of these in a 1.5 gallon hospital tank, but the gph is good for up to 5 gallons. And it's only $15!
  • You can use anything for a tank lid, but if cost is an issue, these guys work great, ~$7.
  • A good, inexpensive heater is the Hydor 25 watt heater. ~15 bucks and from what I've heard (I'm getting one tomorrow for my new Spec V so I'll update if anything goes wrong) it's amazing.
  • You can use any substrate that supports plant life, but I personally use Eco-Complete Plant Substrate. It's around $20 for a 20 lb. bag, so it's a pretty good deal as well.
  • Plants in general can be quite inexpensive. If you just buy a couple of Anubias (the large variety) and some java ferns, maybe some Anacharis to float or bunch, you're looking at ~$34 dollars (give or take) for the entirety of your tank's plants.

    All in all, you're looking at ~$107 for a better tank for your fish, or ~$53 for just the basic set up (minus the live plants/plant supporting substrate). If you want lighting, I've heard that basic desk lamps like this one work great in lieu of expensive LED setups.


    You can buy a Fluval Spec V, they're on sale for $59.99 and come with a filter, lighting, lid, etc. All you would need is substrate and a heater.

    Let me know if you have any questions!
u/canuckingnuts · 3 pointsr/shrimptank

Hello there. Always fun setting up a new tank. My tips are:

3g is quite a small tank! Though as a simpler solution to your tank+light+filter problems perhaps a fluval spec 3 this is only 2.6g but an all-in-one design. If you can swing it, I recommend the 5 gallon option!

All you will need to do is slightly modify the filter intake to make it baby shrimp safe. This is done by placing some black filter sponge at the filter input.

Substrate wise: depends on the shrimp you want to keep. Simply put: basic gravel works with neos, buffered substrate (e.g. Amazonia, black earth, shrimpsand) for Caradinas

At your room temps I do not think a heater is necessary. And on this tank temperature topic, bigger tanks are better for stability.

Good luck

u/photoresistor · 3 pointsr/Frugal

I have a Fluval Chi aquarium that happens to make a perfect drinking fountain for my cat. He's always drinking out of it.

u/floodingthestreets · 3 pointsr/Aquariums

UNS now has lids

These TopFin 5 gallon kits include a lid.

Petco's Imagitarium rimless kits have lids.

Marineland Contour and Portrait kits come with lids.

u/novamero · 3 pointsr/bettafish

I was going to recommend that or the marineland contour which is about the same. They come with filters too.

u/fullmetalretard666 · 3 pointsr/bettafish

It's this one but branded Imagitarium from Petco instead. Looking back I'm kind of wishing I had invested in a nicer tank considering how much I spent on what I put inside it so far lol.

u/Sourissette · 3 pointsr/bettafish
u/n0rmlax · 3 pointsr/Aquariums

You can get him one of these and it should entertain him. Doesn't have to be alive....

u/FunkyAsianBoy · 3 pointsr/bettafish

Marineland ML90609 Portrait Aquarium Kit, 5-Gallon w/ Hidden Filter

My boyfriend and I have two of these, and they seem like the perfect tank for betta fish.

u/smokedgoudadip · 3 pointsr/bettafish

Marineland ML90609 Portrait Aquarium Kit, 5-Gallon w/ Hidden Filter says it’s 5 gallons but i think it’s closer to 3. comes with a light and filter, it’s really nice

u/Seekyr · 3 pointsr/shrimptank

Some people keep shrimp in small couple gallon bowls with success, judging by stuff I see on jarrarriums? The smaller the tank though the faster the water can go toxic. This portrait 5 gallon has been on sale for a while, it's what I'm using to make a shrimp tank. I haven't had success yet but that's another story... Cycling is hard x_x

As for plants, I've heard they love plants like Java moss, hornwort, and elodea, because the amount of surface area encourages the growth of biofilm and other things they eat especially as babies.

There are some commercial pellets out there, they can also eat some veggies. I hear that rotating different foods is best for them.

For water parameters, you just need to make sure there's enough calcium/minerals for them to molt properly.

This is all hearsay since I haven't had success yet but good luck!

u/as074n · 3 pointsr/bettafish

So I have the marine land 5 gallon portrait it's about the same foot prints as what you have just a little taller. I love it . Check it out this might work for u . Marineland ML90609 Portrait Aquarium Kit, 5-Gallon w/ Hidden Filter
Your tank is beautiful tho. I really want to upgrade to some live plants

u/melonmagellan · 3 pointsr/BeforeNAfterAdoption

Very nice of you to rescue him! Poor little guy. Not enough people care about fish. As you can see on my profile, I'm a betta person :D

He'd probably love a 5-gallon tank with a filter. This was my starter tank and I really liked it! Only $45 and has everything you need as goldfish don't require a heater.

u/fastcars_tastyfood · 3 pointsr/fishtank

This tank seems really good looking :)

Marineland ML90609 Portrait Aquarium Kit, 5-Gallon w/ Hidden Filter

u/deanwinchestear · 3 pointsr/Aquariums

i would suggest this one instead. It has TONS of great reviews & the light is apparently fantastic. Same price as the one you linked. I also like the glo fish one too, & i have a minibow but i got a different heater for it. None of these tanks contain a good heater though so i would recommend getting a hydor 25w adjustable one, i use them in my betta tanks. They are $15 i believe

u/thebeesbook · 3 pointsr/bettafish

The filter I currently have is the Top Fin Silenstream 20 power filter. This is for a 20g tank.


The filter he will be moving to is part of this tank


Sorry but I don't see a name for the filter in that link.


u/Hawkeye_CPA · 2 pointsr/bettafish

We bought the Tetra Crescent 5 gallon kit from Amazon. It’s prime eligible if you have that. If not, Chewy has it for the same price and ships for free when you buy $50 worth of stuff. By the time you purchase the kit, a heater, and a thermometer, you’ll surpass the purchase amount for free shipping. Hope this helped!
(Link to the kit on Amazon) Something else to note is that we went ahead and purchased the bundle that Amazon offered for an additional $10 or so. A box of 3 filter cartridges and a fairly cheap thermometer. From there, you’ll be able to get a 10w heater for like $8 from any fish store. From there, purchase silk plants and hides with no sharp edges and you’ll be good to go! The tank will seem a little crowded aesthetically but it’s well worth it for a happy, healthy Betta. Hope this helped!

u/ZeldaMusic113 · 2 pointsr/bettafish

Might I suggest getting him a slightly larger home? I know larger setups are expensive, but a tank like this would make him much happier! :) This is the same 5g I have for my betta, and there's a 3g version of it too if 5g is too large for you. The tank comes with a filter. It's a great tank and my betta loves it! Good luck with Doug. :)

u/skaterluca1 · 2 pointsr/Aquariums

What do you think of this with a heater and a thermometer?

u/leafythegreat · 2 pointsr/Aquariums

My little guy likes to explore a lot, actually. But I do know that the air exchange in a hex or circular tank is a lot worse than rectangular or semi-rectangular tanks.

Didn't really think about the difficulty with planting and decorating. Had these visions of one or two single plants elegantly stretching way up through the center while several lower plants surround them. Now that you mention that, I'm thinking about trying to prune them and rearrange hard decorations. Doesn't sound like fun at all.

Alright, I'll stick to the rectangular and bowfront 5Gs. Thanks for the input.

EDIT: I'm guessing this is the tank you got?

u/stave · 2 pointsr/Aquariums

Nerite snails are great little algae vacuums. Plus, I think their shells look cool. I've never had any escape, but the one in my Fluval Chi tank likes to somehow find his way onto the fountain/filter block. Repeatedly. Lazy ass.

u/Fredthecoolfish · 2 pointsr/bettafish

I got my Sammy at Petco and while he was kind of skittish and lethargic for the first week, after seven or so days in a filtered, heated, 5 gallon tank he was the coolest little guy- loved to come up and say hi, watched people all the time, super interactive. Like having a puppy in fish form. Also he was the cutest mofo ever.

That said, I'm only buying fish from a local place I found now, just because they're so awesome. Comparable prices, but way more knowledgeable and more selection; all their fish are happy and healthy (none of those I-wish_I-were-dead bettas!) and just a cool place to go look at stuff. If you can find a place like that, I'd highly recommend it!

*I almost forgot about the tank! I have this one, with a custom-cut glass lid that a local shop did for me for $15, and I have this heater. I LOVE it, it works great, and Sams looked so elegant in there (now that Sammy's gone, it's the home to two dwarf puffers who also seem to love it). Some may say that heater is overkill, but I went through three others of increasing wattage (including the one made for the tank), and none had the kind of horsepower I needed to get my tank to a safe temperature up from the ~50-60 degrees it is in my room in winter. When I was younger, I had this tank,, which comes with the lid already. I think that lid is really pretty important- my first betta died by jumping, and aside from being really sad, I found him in the morning, after he'd the carpet...and was a bit difficult to peel off. So kind of added insult to injury.

Either way, I'd definitely recommend starting with a kit, as it really just tends to be cheaper to get them all together. I like real plants, but I always ask for low-light ones myself-I am just too lazy to get extra lighting! But the real plants can help keep things happy and healthy, especially in a tank that small. I use sand over a planting substrate, because sand was nice and soft for my froggy and the substrate was what the plants wanted.

Hope this helped! I realize it's a TON of info. TL;DR, Petco fish can be fine if you don't pick a sick one and take care of them; 5g tank should really be the minimum; tank kits are going to be easier and cheaper; don't forget a heater!

u/classybroad19 · 2 pointsr/bettafish

here's a 2.5 gal that comes with a filter and light. I keep my betta in one of these and have a heater and a thermometer and he's doing really well.

u/arkuden · 2 pointsr/Aquariums

Looking at reviews for that tank ultimately stopped me from getting that model. I was looking heavily at an innovative marine kit or an eheim kit and ultimately went with the aqueon nuvo 8 as they had one at petco and I talked them down to $60 for it since there were a few scratches on the acrylic. Here is a link to it I plan on cutting out the filter area making one very large opening instead of two and then inserting a custom made acrylic basket in with my preferred media. It will be a low-tech freshwater with just a couple of fish like some shrimp or a dwarf puffer or something. Not decided yet since I have to do the modifications first.

The reason I didn't get an eheim was because I liked the hidden filter compartment options and even though the eheim filter was rated well, it also meant I had to have a heater visible and people commented that the glass top to the tank doesn't easily let a heater cord through and they had to have it cut by a glass cutter. I would prefer glass over acrylic but for $60 bucks, I'll give it a try.

u/PhxSentry · 2 pointsr/PlantedTank

Im new to Planted tanks. And I spent a considerable amount of time researching before making an investment (which everything should be coming in tomorrow, cant wait!). The Fluval edge series is gorgeous. However i went with something different. Only because i love to mod the crap of things and tinker. Fluval makes some great stuff but i don't see a lot of mod-ability with the Edge series, (a creative modder could prove me wrong). This past weekend i saw a Fluval Edge 12 gallon at a goodwill New in box unopened for 86 dollars. In all honesty it was the hardest thing to pass up, and if i see it next weekend i may buckle and buy it to tinker with.

What matters is this:

  • Does the tank appeal to you? Will you enjoy working with it for a long time to come.
  • Is it easy to maintain? I know the edge series has small openings. Are you willing to deal with that during maintenance/scaping/Misc. adjustments?
  • Are the replacement parts easily available? sometimes fluval makes products with specific parts that are hard to find once the product line is discontinued.

    These are the top three things i thought about when i tank shopped. I wanted something that i could mod completely (almost a blank slate) but looked nice and was within my size range that i wanted. I went with this because i really just liked the tank design. and the size was nice because i am moving soon to an apartment. i wanted something small that was easy to move and maintain. I have a new pump, and lamp coming with it. I'm sure i will get into large tank eventually.

    The main thing is this, If you like this tank, and you know its faults and are ready to make it work. By all means more power to ya! have fun and push the envelope on what you can do with that tank. I have been lurking this subreddit for about 2 months now and i know there is a community here of legit people who are willing to help.
u/apollofish · 2 pointsr/ReefTank

While some people run canister filters on saltwater tanks with success, they are generally not used. Most of the biological filtration in saltwater tanks is done by the bacteria that cover the surface area of the rockwork and sand. Canisters end up filling with gunk and waste that then leeches nitrates and phosphates back into the water and can be counter productive if not kept exceptionally clean. In planted tanks these products are used by the plants, but are detrimental to most marine invertebrates. HOB filters can be used, but generally they are only used for water flow through chemical filtration bags like chemipure, purigen, or GFO. The amount of surface area a HOB filter adds is minimal compared to the porous rock and sand in saltwater tanks.

I ran a sumpless system for about 2 years and many people do the same. Although the system was successful in the short term the waste export was not great and the clarity/water surface were not what they have been since I have set up a new system with sump, filter socks, and skimmer. If you want a simple setup for ~$500 maybe look into some of the plug and play systems like the nuvo aquariums or all-in-one cubes. Some of these systems are more customizable than others if you think you may want to upgrade the tank in the future.

For example:

u/notjohnconner · 2 pointsr/ReefTank

That is the smaller 14 gallon unit. I would stay away from that one for the same reasons everyone is saying smaller aquariums are harder to take care of. I have to be very careful when I do my water changes, because when I take 5 gallons out of my tank it is about a fourth of it's capacity. So if my water is 10 degrees cooler than the rest of the tank when I go to refill it, it can be a huge shock to the tank.

This is the tank I would recommend

Seriously though look online and find them used Mine was in pretty much perfect condition and I only paid $150 for the whole thing with stand.

A couple of weeks ago I saw an Innovative Marine 30Gal tank

At the LFS for only $200 and it was pretty much ready to go.

u/chink_t · 2 pointsr/AquaSwap

Strange sub to post this in, maybe better suited to /r/Aquariums

Regardless, here's 2 I would recommend that come with nice filters and lights built in.

u/BridgfordJerky · 2 pointsr/Aquariums

I read a wiki on the Walstad Method, seems surprising straight forward and simple if you're careful during the initial setup and have patience.

I'm using the stock lighting that came with each tank. I can't seem to find any details on the Fluval 25g Accent Tank other than "energy-efficient LED lighting system for stunning day or night lighting".

My betta tank is the Fluval Spec V but it's also lacking detailed info on the light. It just says "Powerful 37 LED Lighting System".

Can anything go horribly wrong if I add root tabs, or should I keep my eyes open for any particular warning signs after I add them?

The plants I have now seem to do well and while some leaves or stems die from time to time I see new growth pretty regularly.

u/great_cornholio_13 · 2 pointsr/PlantedTank

The Fluval Chi might be a good tank, but might be more difficult to find a good light to fit it.

I'd recommend the ADA substrate system. It's more expensive than Fluval but ultimately worth it.

As for a filter, the tank I've suggested has one built in, but if you don't go for that, then YES! If you've got critters in it, filter the water. (Also get a heater!)

I'm currently running a Fluval Spec 19L using a combination of this substrate, along with the power sand and some other substrate additives (all sold on that site). I'm growing HC Cuba (dwarf baby tears) and it's doing well with plentiful CO2 using one of these and lots of light with two of these.

u/flizomica · 2 pointsr/bettafish

Sorry, that tank would be pretty crappy for a betta, due to the shape and the volume.

I would highly recommend the Fluval Spec V if you can afford it. It has more swimming space than other 5 gallon kits, and the quality of the light and filter is excellent.

u/MelloYelloMarshmello · 2 pointsr/shittyaquariums

Ikr!!! You could get a Fluval Spec and still have some money for decoration!!

u/ohheyreilly · 2 pointsr/bettafish

Fluval Spec V.

It was what was most recommended here when I asked about 5 gallons. It seems to go on sale fairly often depending where you look, but I got it from Amazon a little cheaper than what it's listed at now about 2 weeks ago.

u/Yetikins · 2 pointsr/bettafish

> The set up includes a filter, light, and cover, and runs $80.

$80 for a 3.5 gallon? What a con, lol. My 5.5 was $27 on sale but its base price wasn't $80 and it had all that stuff. The stock light is meh but it grows my plants. If you want to spend $80, get this instead. For $80 or less you can get a bigger tank with filter/light/cover.. heck, you can get a 10 gallon for that much. Is the 3.5 at the store? If so he wants commission off that sale lol.

I'd need to know where you live to say about your tap water. I've used tap water in every west coast state and the Cali water tastes rancid but my boy is doing just fine on it. I use this to condition the water. BTW don't buy betta-specific conditions, they're smaller volumes for more money but do the same things. I couldn't say personally if bottled water is an improvement, having no experience with it, but the real problem is you have no filter.

Here's /r/aquariums article about cycling. It's fishless which is the ideal but the concept is there. With fish in you need to water change every day or two. Which is why you need the API master test kit so you can check the levels.

I'd imagine a couple months before he shows improvement since you're fish-in cycling so the water quality won't be top notch. A lot of bettas show fast improvements, though, once they get out of tiny, no-filter cups. We'd need a pic to determine if he's got fin rot or anything else.

u/_shnazzy · 2 pointsr/Aquariums

Hey, thanks for replying.

The betta I'm caring for now has a lot of personality...he loves to pace the front of the 10g, weaving through the plants. I guess each one is different, but maybe something like this tank would encourage that behavior. I really want a very small footprint though, which is what attracted me to the compact cube design. I just worry that there's not enough space for really swimming in it, you know?

u/suxer · 2 pointsr/Aquariums

Wow, thanks for taking the time to provide an in depth answer!

Im currently looking at this Fluval Spec V; though I cant tell if its version 1 or 2 (im thinking its the newer model, since Amazon lets you know if there is a newer version available).

In regards to plants, I have a leaf hammock and a plastic log, and I will be adding more (silk), but wont be ordering from amazon; im also looking to add driftwood and some live plants.

As far as live plants go, I think I understood that its better to cycle without them, as they could alter the process as they feed on ¿nitrate?. So I would add them later on. What do you think?

Id rather go with Seachem Stability, just because of the ease of measurring.

Ive since added Fluval Spec Carbon Filter replacement and Fluval Spec Bio Max.

Read on several websites that the current could be too strong for a betta, and the sponge cover seemed like an easy fix.

For substrate, I will most likely get gravel.; would love to have sand (too hard to care for as a begginer?) or ADA Africana (weight/cost).

Will check at my LFS for quality substrate, but have low expectations.

As for stock, I would like to add shrimp (ghost and/or RCS) but once my tank is established and settled. In reality, I would love to have Khukli Loaches (3) but general consensus is that a 5g is way too small.

Ill be looking into other bottom feeders (fish), but it doesnt seem I will be able to add them to a 5g.

Hows your setup, what do you have?

u/Shadowpriest · 2 pointsr/bettafish

Hello! The tetra 3 gal is the best choice imo of the 3. If you don't want to go all out, then this hood and basic tank. Petsmart has small 5 lb bags of white or black sand if you don't want to do gravel and depending on what all you will have in you tank, I've found sand to be pretty easy to deal with when cleaning tanks. I'm a big fan of Hydor heaters and I've heard a lot of good reviews on Eheim too.

In all honesty, if you are able to go just a little bit bigger, I'd suggest a Fluval Spec V. I have 3 tanks and 2 of them are the Spec V's. They're sleek, have a nice pump that has not only adjustable flow, but has a directional nozzle, you can fit a Hydor heater next to the outtake tubing, and already has a light. If you get that with a heater, you can take a small bag of sand, the Sponge Bob pineapple home, some colorful silk plants, and a moss ball or two you'd be all set as a beginner and not have it take up much more room. If you do get a snail, perhaps your son would name it Gary? (the snail in Spongebob? haha not necessary but it is possible to have a vacuum to eat any leftovers the betta doesn't eat.)

Just remember that if you move a fish tank, you'll want to drain out some of the water to make moving easier as well as safer. I take it this will be pretty sudden so a fishless cycling won't really be a thing so please make sure to have betta water conditioner.

Good luck!

u/meinthebox · 2 pointsr/Aquariums

The Fluval spec is smaller than the spec iii. It has a round hole in the top.

Fluval SPEC Desktop Glass Aquarium, 2-gallon

Fluval Spec III Aquarium Kit, 2.6-Gallon, Black

u/szor · 2 pointsr/Wishlist

I have this one in white at work and it is completely silent and can be used as a decent lamp. I also barely ever have to clean it because the filter is great! All the filtery components are in the fogged glass, too, so it looks pretty professional.

u/AsksMiscQuestions · 2 pointsr/bettafish

3 gallons is considered an absolute minimum for fish, while 5 gallons is a recommended minimum. And with good reason - going from, say, 3 gallons to 10 gallons means you need more than three times as much stuff (heat, acid/base, waste, etc.) to change aspects of water quality (temperature, pH, ammonia/nitrite, etc.) the same amount. But you should be fine, as long as you're willing to put in effort and learn.

I recommend you take a look at a Fluval Spec III and, if you're comfortable, Spec-Tanks' mod section. It's a pretty small footprint at 8"x12", so it should fit most places. A three-gallon tank of any kind will be safe on any halfway decent table, as it should weigh ~30 pounds tops (25 pounds of water + ~5 pounds of glass and substrate sounds right). I'm running and quite liking my Spec V - the same thing, but twice as wide in the part of the tank things live - but there are a few things you should probably try. I recommend the flow tube modification for sure and adding a heater in that column. Bettas are tropical, after all.

Just be sure the tank is cycled and that you keep up maintenance. I have, uh, far more bioload than I probably should ^(Keep this our secret, alright? And don't follow my example...) and nothing has died yet. 40-50% weekly water changes complete with gravel vacuuming. For a single betta, you could probably get away with less, to be honest. However, it's easy enough, especially when all your equipment is set up, that there's no point slacking. No need to take him out of the tank. He'll learn quickly that the siphon is not food, a mate, or another male and will ignore it. Even if he gets caught in the suction, he should be able to swim free unless his fins are so large that he can't move normally anyway. And, ya know, you should be paying attention. :P Just siphon it into a bucket. I have one of those orange buckets from Home Depot and it works just fine. Looks for plastics with the #2 recycling label, as those are very definitely safe for fish.

Plants can help a bit, but they aren't a substitute for keeping clean. The ammonia wastes immediately produced by the betta and any other animals (pro-tip: invertebrates are neat) becomes nitrite (toxic) and then nitrate (toxic in high concentrations). Plants use nitrate as fertilizer, and they will absorb some other minerals, but they will NOT keep your tank clean. More of a buffer, I suppose, but even then only if there's more plant matter than water. If you want something that you literally cannot kill, I highly recommend Java moss. Even with my black thumb, my original clump has grown by a factor of five or so, and this is after "pruning" parts with algae. You can't kill it unless you try, and even then you might not succeed. As an aside, if you do have huge amounts of green stuff, you might want to avoid charcoal or carbon in your filter. Apparently it removes chemicals that plants can use, but get a second opinion on this before doing it.

u/Idontlikecock · 2 pointsr/bettafish
u/zenquarium · 2 pointsr/PlantedTank

The stock light that came with the tank I think its 3W LED. Most of my plants are lowish light to medium light plants with no Co2 or anything. I feel if I did high tech there is a lot of maintenance.

Here is the link to the aquarium:

The 2016 models have a much stronger light I am using the old model light.

Here a light someone comparing the output:

u/kmn086 · 2 pointsr/bettafish

Thanks, I'll definitely consider that. A similar one I've been looking at just now that I'm considering is the Fluval Spec 2.6 gallon. I've been reading good things about it. Any experience with Fluval at all?

u/Confidence_Trickster · 2 pointsr/bettafish
  1. Since you mentioned tank mates, I think the most affordable way to go would be to snag a 10 gallon during petco's dollar per gallon sale, (I think going on til almost the end of this month?) You can then price out affordable heater, filter, and lights, and the rest. Altogether, I bet you could get everything for ~$50.00...

    Otherwise, they have some alright 'kits' out there. I have both of these, and they're fine to get started, but I still needed to get a heater/thermometer, ended up upgrading the stock lights, etc... so they were more expensive than just starting from scratch.

  2. I always prefer live plants, since they actually somewhat help with your water quality. Marimo moss balls are great. They just kind of... do their thing. Other easy, low maintenance plants include anubias, java fern, anacharis, najas (or guppy grass,) and those bulbs you can find at petsmart or petco are some kind of Aponogeton, those are usually hardy.

  3. I like having a 'clean up crew' - pretty much any combination of snails, shrimp, and some otos.

  4. I personally prefer natural rocks, driftwood, and plants... but they can get pricey. Some cheap/easy things I've seen have been coffee mugs or terra cotta planters laying on their sides.
u/OminousRectangle · 2 pointsr/bettafish

>Is cycling essentially setting up the tank and letting it run for a few days before placing fish in the tank?

No. Cycling is creating a viable nitrogen cycle within your tank. To break it down very simply, fish create ammonia. Ammonia is toxic. In order to break down/process the ammonia, you need bacteria. These bacteria turn the ammonia into nitrItes, which are then converted by another bacteria into nitrAtes. So it's more complicated that just throwing a tank together and letting it sit for a few days.

You need to introduce an ammonia source into a new tank in order to start cycling it. This is typically done either with pure ammonia, or leaving fish food (or even a piece of shrimp) in the tank. Cycling requires patience and can take 3-6 weeks, but is absolutely worth it. Here is a "Fishless Cycling For Dummies" guide.

>I keep seeing mixed things about a filter. Obviously, it is better to have a filter than not, but don't most tanks come with a filter of Some sort? Is that enough?

Fish tank kits come with filters- just basic tanks do not. For instance, here is a 5 gallon kit that comes with a light and a filter. You will also need a heater, Bettas absolutely need one. They prefer temperatures of 78-82°F. Bettas also prefer a lower water flow, so you will potentially need to baffle the filter you end up with.

>I saw in a forum about adding live plants to the tank and needing or using soil base-- is that necessary? as a beginner should I just stick with smooth edged fake plants?

Live plants are always better, but silk plants will do fine. Just make sure your betta has plently of hiding spots.

u/KellyCDB · 2 pointsr/bettafish

Maybe she could look into a 5 gallon portrait tank if she's concerned about taking up space. They really have a small footprint while still giving the fish a decent swimming space and all the benefit of the larger volume of water.

u/perhapsso · 2 pointsr/bettafish

Ha, love the name idea!

I'm not sure if you have read around and are aware of the proper care for a betta (if you have then ignore me) but if you haven't I'll go ahead and say a two gallon bowl isn't the best place for him, and is also another reason for the downvotes. He can live in it but he's not going to thrive. He does need a heater and a filter, if you have those then that is awesome, if not you can even get them as a broke college student.

If I can tell you one thing I'm positively sure of, there is always room for a fish tank. ;)

I'm just going to link you a cheap list of good stuff for little moneys:

Sponge Filter

Air Pump

Airline Tubing I bet you can find this in stores for less. Also less as an add on item.

Check Valve Most likely less at a store.

Heater, Heater 2 Costs a good bit more but I really love these.

Tank, Tank 2 There are many other options to look at.

If you go with the cheapest it will run you just about $58 with prime.

Hope the list gives you something to think about. If you've got any questions at all I'd be more than happy to answer them if I can.

Edit* Added a link.

u/littlemissbigfart · 2 pointsr/bettafish

Currently learning after buying Dori for my son who fell in love with her while looking at gerbils one afternoon. Yes, he named her.

This is what I bought for her this paycheck. I know its janky but its 5 gallons with a filter- I had enough $ for the test kit or Seachem Prime so I went with Seachem, next paycheck I'm trying for a heater and the test kit and some plants.

Till the new tank gets here I've been doing 50% water changes daily. I'm going to the Petco to see if they have any "used media" for the new tank- but they're not exactly knowledgeable so, fish keepers, would you keep Dori in the current set up while I try to do my first cycle for her new 5 gal, or would you do a fish-in cycle since she's so cramped? Her ribbony fins break my heart.

Really open to visual inspection, hence the video, and all feedback. This sub has been SO helpful.

Edit: is Dori a boy? When we got him/her she had little nubby fins, they've grown since I started the Indian almond leaves and I don't know another way to tell gender.

u/starnuts77 · 2 pointsr/Parenting

Our 2yo(almost 3) was having similar issues between 6-10 months ago. It could be a many things. A few things come to mind like night terrors, thirsty or dry mouth (since i read your from Phoenix like me our weather can parch a kids mouth so bad they will wake up thirsty), or maybe even an ear infection or other sickness you may not be noticing. If she has had ear infections in the past then you might want to get her some tubes put in for her.

We found out it was a combination things but mainly she just wanted interaction of some sort. Solved this by getting a mini-artificial aquarium lamp thing. They have a little button where they can turn it on, play soothing sleepy music or ocean sounds and it moves like a little mini ocean. Automatically turns off after 20 minutes or so too. Kind of going off of what /u/BlueberryFish was talking about.

Also semi-related, but no more ipad play time ever, seriously those things are horrible and contribute to restlessness and waking sleep cycles. We stopped letting her use digital pads/phones all together and she sleeps much better.
Article on ipad use for kids with excerpt below.
>The simplest answer would be that many authorities do not recommend electronic devices for children below the age of three, and advise parents to restrict use after that. But when it comes to the actual medical risks, many authorities are highly sceptical about how much of a problem iPads and similar devices present in reality

u/fishobsession · 2 pointsr/bettafish

Hi there! So here's the thing: betta can be pretty f-ing hardy fish even in the worst of conditions. They should be in a 5 gal or more with a low flow filter and heater and lots of plants and hiding spots. Do that, they will be so happy and pretty and healthy.

But i grew up watching my mother care of our family betta fish. We had 3 over the years and each lived for 3 ish years all dying because my mother would drop something on them, drop them, or poison them on accident. And she kept these boys in a 1 gallon tank with 1 hide or plant. Plastic plants of course (when they had them). She would use tap water for their weekly water change. No filter. No heater. Water anywhere from 60-67°. Those betta were not very active or happy, but they lived (somehow) for 3 years.

To anyone thinking I'm justifying that type of care: I am not! They are so much more enjoyable when they are happy and healthy in a 5 gal with a filter and heater. That being said, OP I believe your boy will be ok, just keep an eye on him.

As for good tanks I highly recommend the 5 gal portrait tank. Its $70 on Amazon but comes with a filter and light. Marineland ML90609 Portrait Aquarium Kit, 5-Gallon

As for a heater I recommend one that has a temperature control so you can set it between 78-82°.

u/evruess · 2 pointsr/bettafish

Oh my God, thank you for this wealth of info! I had been considering starting with a tank that came with a filter, after reading some reviews that had solutions to make them betta safe.

This one, for example: Marineland ML90609 Portrait Aquarium Kit, 5-Gallon w/ Hidden Filter

I'm trying to read up some more on the specific filter that comes with this tank, does anything troubling stand out to you? I'm hesitant about going back to the aquarium store that allowed me to purchase a bowl with my betta in the first place.

u/MusicInTime · 2 pointsr/Aquariums

Marineland ML90609 Portrait Aquarium Kit, 5-Gallon w/ Hidden Filter

I removed the back wall for the built in filter with a razor blade and got a cheap hang on back filter instead to add a bit of room to the tank, and added a second LED light.

u/CodenameMolotov · 2 pointsr/shrimptank

Thanks for the info. Does the shape of the tank matter (a shorter, wider tank would have more substrate surface area for example)?

How good is an all-in-one tank kit like this? Or would I be better off going to the pet store and buying parts individually to put together?

u/sebeth204 · 2 pointsr/Aquariums

The Marineland Contour 5-Gallon!

I have the 3-gallon version for my betta. It's a solid beginner setup, but I replaced the light on mine pretty quickly for the sake of my plants.

u/TheKolbrin · 2 pointsr/gifs

It really depends on how big you want it. You could have a miniature scape similar to this with an all in one nano tank and diy the waterfall. Rocks can be collected in the wild. Driftwood can also be collected in the wild or you can find some really cheap online.

That tank and others like it have good enough lighting and filtration for low light moss and low light plants, a betta and a couple of aquatic frogs or miniature corydoras cats. Or a small school of neons.

Price is going to be dependent on the size of your setup.

Basic maintenance is a 10 to 20 percent water change once a week. Trimming the moss every couple of weeks with a pair of scissors. Feeding the fish daily. Wiping down the glass once a week (usually when you do the water changes).

I have never had a sand waterfall get algae because 'a rolling stone gathers no moss' and if you do it correctly - not overfeeding, only keeping lights on 5-6 hours a day and doing your partial water changes, you should have minimal algae problems anyway.

90% of the clogging or other issues I have seen were related to overfeeding fish or misconfiguring the sand waterfall.

The aquascape itself - if you study it - you can see how that sense of depth is created and how he used the rule of thirds in basic design.

u/ZiggidyZ · 2 pointsr/bettafish

You're welcome. This is the exact one, but I think I grabbed it on sale for about $50 from Amazon a little over a year ago.

Marineland ML90609 Portrait Aquarium Kit, 5-Gallon w/ Hidden Filter

Our son was gifted a Betta in a small plastic 0.5 gallon tank, and he was looking pretty bad. I got thid for him, got some black sand for the substrate which I LOVE, but it is a little bit of a pain when cleaning the tank, it can get everywhere. I pour new water with a large drink cup from a movie theater into the back filter chamber to prevent sand clouds. This is my favorite tank of the 3 we have, because it just looks really elegant and sleek. The LED has also kept Java Moss and an marimo moss ball alive for just about a year. I tried duckweed but it didn't live. I am goi g to try moving a small cutting of an Anubias to this tank too, we will see how it does.

u/Uppercasenumber · 2 pointsr/bettafish
u/Careless_Magnus · 2 pointsr/bettafish

If you do end up getting a marineland tank I'd pick up this one.
It looks nice, the filter works well, and Takumi seems to like it. The only issue is the lighting is a little subpar for plants.

u/goldfish_poop · 2 pointsr/Aquariums

I would check around your local thrift stores, I recently found a Fluval Spec tucked away in a thrift store for ~20 dollars. Depending on how much you're trying to spend, Marineland makes this fairly sleek looking 5 gallon rimless. Looks like Topfin makes a knock-off Fluval Spec V. And this Petco's Imagitarium kit is pretty nice looking (had to Google it to find pictures of full setup).

u/Urbanscuba · 2 pointsr/Aquariums

>Due to size constraints I think a 3 gallon aquarium is as high as I can go.

If the footprint is the problem look into a tall aquarium with a little more volume. The one I linked comes with filtration/lighting built in (as will most nano tanks that size) and all you need is a small heater for the back.

As for what to put into it, for your experience I would recommend shrimp as others have. They're fun to watch, rather hardy, and you'll get good feedback on water quality/quality of care based on their behavior. Once you get them to breed you can consider them well cared for.

Getting a low light plant or two will help you a lot in the long run in terms of water quality, plastic obviously are 0 care but they don't fulfill the plant's natural role in the ecosystem.

So yeah, buy an all in one nano tank and stock it with some hardy shrimp. The good looking shrimp are a bit more expensive, ghost shrimp are several for a dollar and good for learning. Get a low light plant.

If at all possible, find a local pet store and go ask the clerk questions, they'll help you find good plants. If you get a 5g you might be able to swing 3-5 neon tetra, but I'd recommend shrimp for your second (first earnest) try.

u/etnhero · 2 pointsr/PlantedTank

Thanks for the write up! Here's the kit I got:

Would you recommend switching to a higher intensity light for plant growth? Also what ferts do you recommend? Do LFS sell them?

u/Niwrad0 · 2 pointsr/shrimptank

The Tank

For the gravel I het a $5 discount card since I bought some cat toys, so I got that for $7 from Petco. I would recommend the fluval shrimp stratum though

Then I got this set of marimo balls

Got some pre-filter inlet covers

API Freshwater test kit for $20 from amazon

API GH KH test kit for $8 from amazon

a basic TDS electric meter for $10 from ebay

I got salty shrimp 100 grams for about $20 off ebay

Then I bought a piece of driftwood from the Pet store for $10

I got three java moss balls from the pet store for $6 each

Bought an Anubias plant from the pet store for I believe it was $12

I got 3 amano shrimp and 5 CRS from the pet store, prices vary so check your own pet store.

u/i-touched-morrissey · 2 pointsr/bettafish
u/Voski · 1 pointr/Aquariums

Wow this was an awesome response. I feel bad for not typing out something huge in my reply. The tank I ordered is this tetra crescent 5 gal from amazon.

From the manufacturers website the rep says the light is around 5000K so I am at the bottom of your scale.

Tank comes with a filter I also ordered a 25 watt heater and a digital thermometer.

edit: added full-site amazon link

u/Anitram · 1 pointr/bettafish

It would. Bit for so etching much larger. That's a 45 gallon tank filter. One like this

or this

would do the trick. The second is for a 3 to 5 gallon, the first is up to 3 gallon. You can get decent fish tank kits that come with a light and filter for around 20 to 30$ at pet smart, but that doesn't include a heater.

Something like this is a decent setup, and as it's a 5 gallon, it could actually be divided to house both fish. All you would really need at that point is a heater, and water dechlorinator.

u/obsessedwithavo · 1 pointr/Aquariums

I’m planning to have a Betta. This is the tank I got:

Tetra Crescent Acrylic Aquarium Kit, Energy Efficient LEDs, 5-Gallon

It came with the filter and the lid has a specific opening for it. If I got one that hung on the back, I’m worried it wouldn’t fit in the opening, maybe I’m overthinking it?

u/Krewshi · 1 pointr/Aquariums

looks like this one; it comes in 3 or 5 gallons i have the 3 gallon version for my shrimp and assassin snails.

u/sazkion · 1 pointr/Aquariums

Well I was planning on buying this five gallon tank eventually and getting a betta for it. My last betta died on me, although I'm thinking it's because I didn't do a major water change when the fish before it died. I've been monitoring the tank more closely and it seems to be fine except for the NO3 levels. I'm just hesitant to get another betta cause I don't want it to die. My last betta was freaking awesome.

u/PajamaGeneral · 1 pointr/Aquariums

350$ is more then enough, for a 5 gallon tank. The bigger the tank the less the water quality fluctuates which makes it better for the fish and easier for you to look after. I would advise getting a 5gallon over the 2 gallon.

Read this:

and this:

These 2 links are the most important part of keeping an aquarium. Please read at least one of them before you buy any fish!!!

Keep in mind you can buy most of this stuff used on craigslist for 1/3 of the price, but I'll link you some options for new 5 gallon tanks.

You will probably need a heater -30$, gavel vacuum -15$, water conditioner -20$, nutrafin or api master test kit -40$. ( I recommend nutrafin over api, if your city's tap water contains chloramine)

Things you can keep in a 5 gallon:

Option 1:

  • Siamese fighting fish
  • 2 nerite snails or 5 amano shrimp( make sure they are over 1/2 when you add them)

    Option 2:

  • 15 cherry shrimp
  • 3 nerite snails

    Option 3:

  • 5 Boraras brigittae they get (.7 inches)
  • 7 cherry shrimp

    Here is some info on boras brigittae:

u/yoinkmasta107 · 1 pointr/minimalism

A few things.

  1. They are expensive. About $60 on Amazon. For that much you can get a traditional tank that is 10 gallons which will make your fish happier.

  2. They have a small footprint. Fish like swimming side to side rather than up and down.

  3. The design of the tank means that it evaporates much more quickly than a traditional tank.

  4. It's small size makes it unstable (as in the water parameters are more likely to change which isn't great for fish).

  5. It's small size also means that an inexperienced aquarist can easily overstock it leading to poor water quality and a poor quality of life for the fish.

    While this tank is aesthetically pleasing, I wouldn't put any fish in it. However, I think it can be made into a beautiful shrimp tank. Now obviously there are some fish that can live fine in there, but I just prefer to keep them in larger tanks.
u/rmarkham · 1 pointr/bettafish

I use this! Well, I use the 5 gallon size and use a different bulb for plants.. but all you need is a heater and you're set!

u/reedon · 1 pointr/bettafish

I found this which looks very similar, but a bit cheaper. Although I saw the one you were talking about for 17 bucks at petco, and of course the next day the sale was over!

u/sweetchelsearae · 1 pointr/shrimptank

It’s plastic. The shape is called half moon. it this

u/chibisun · 1 pointr/bettafish

I just wanted to say, it sucks that this responsibility was thrust upon you but you seem like a great person who is really trying to do the best for his betta!

I know you said you're low on money, but sometimes Petsmart or Petco will have a dollar per gallon sale so you can get a 5 gallon for $5 or 10 gallon for $10 (I actually only have a 3 gallon because I am a poor college student, but plan on upgrading as soon as I graduate).

I have a more expensive heater to keep the tank at a stable temperature but before that I used this one and a cheap thermometer.

Your betta will be ok! It seems that you are trying your best for him and bettas are more resilient than we think :)

u/Ralierwe · 1 pointr/nanotank

Keeping Marimo there is the best choice, jarrarium without animals is a second choice, see Jarrarium subreddit for details.

This not a nano tank, not even a pico, but a subgallon pico. With them the main problem is hardware (it's too big) and tanks without hardware have to be low bioload and way larger, heavily planted.

There should be physical space for shrimp to swim (they are swimming, a lot) and fully grown neocaridina female is more than 1" long, this is without counting in antennae. Water parameters are manageable, if follow pico tank keeping routine.

You should be able to get any wide larger tank (LFS or online), vase (thrift store) or container (9L transparent plastic shoe box), at least 2.5 gal volume. But even in 3 gal, they overpopulate it fast.

u/JaggBoom · 1 pointr/nanotank

Its the Tetra cube 1.5g.

I'm thinking about replacing it at some point with this because it's got some scratches on the front.

u/quesopantolones · 1 pointr/PlantedTank

I am a big fan of this tank that I have on my desk. The filter runs very quiet and the tank looks really nice for the price. I currently use this solely as my shrimp tank. Granted you need to get your own light, but the lights included with most tanks aren't sufficient anyway. The tank fits under my regular desk lamp with fluorescent bulb.

u/blackpony · 1 pointr/PlantedTank

why are canisters out of the question? i got one of these, and have been using it for a month now and it seems to be doing quite well.

Also i have one of these i for from petco on clearance for 22 bucks that might be an option for you as well. i dont have it set up yet waiting on the ok from my boss so i can set it up at work.

u/fifasnipe2224 · 1 pointr/PlantedTank

Is THIS the setup you are talking about?

So thats $85. Plus plants, fish, and shrimp. About how much will that be total? Am I missing any other key ingredients?

About how much maintenance will this take?

u/toiletbowltrauma · 1 pointr/ReefTank
u/291241 · 1 pointr/AquaSwap

You'd be better off ordering it. Should anything happen during shipping they have replacements and I dont. The cost would probably be the same in end any.

u/timeforanewone1 · 1 pointr/ReefTank

Thanks for the reply! I'm really thinking I'm going to make the purchase.

I'm really not sure. I know this is the tank.

u/theoldboiler · 1 pointr/ReefTank

That's really really expensive. Biocubes are less than that. Even their 29 is less.

u/Bannsher · 1 pointr/AquaSwap

It’s pretty great, and requires minimal maintenance. It’s a wet/dry filtration system, with three chambers build into the back. The water flows into one chamber through very small slits in the back, then over flows into the filtration chamber with a filter pad (I’ve just been using the large pads that you can cut to fit rather than the fancy one designed for the tank) and three bags of bio media, and then flows into the return chamber with the pump. It’s kind of like a built in sump.

For more info:

u/desktop_monster · 1 pointr/Aquariums
u/the-sassernator · 1 pointr/shrimptank

It's 10L and fits nicely on my computer desk. I found it at a goodwill but it's for sale for around 50 USD. It came with a white filter/light combo; the filter was nice but the light was really wimpy so I made the call to swap it.

u/Ab0ve_Average · 1 pointr/PlantedTank

The heater was sold separately.

Warning: It's acrylic plastic, so under little to no pressure, small almost scratch like lines form inside the plastic pane, which may ruin the experience for some people.

u/GrumpyGander · 1 pointr/bettafish

What kind of tank is it? It looks kind of similar to something I have in a box, and I want to make sure it's not as I was thinking of putting a betta in there. I have something like, if not exactly, this:

u/bamboozler48 · 1 pointr/Jarrariums

I have a dwarf in a 3 gallon with a beta, he dominates the bottom and the betta dominates the top (predators typically leave each other alone, but this is not always the case tho make sure your the betta is dosile). HOWEVER the dwarf cpo is a fragile lil guy he needs tons of food, hiding space (to molt), live plants (to eat), lots of moss (to eat), and exceptionally clean water at 200 tds. I have sucessfully kept mine for several months in such a small environment, but its no jarrarium. The water runs through 3 layers of charcoal filtering to keep him happy, annnnd I have the tank heater to 78 degrees. There great pets to own, but Im nearly certain he would die in a filterless ambiently heated environment

This is the smallest tank I've managed to keep one alive in with a bit of tweaking on the filter. This is a fairly inxpensive rig, it's pretty low tech in terms of lighting. So I advise keeping it near a window for cheap yet effective light.

So in conclusion i highly advise raising one of these guys there a riot to watch (so cute :3), but if your hearts set on a jarrarium use either neo shrimp or snails. If you can get a filter in the jar potentially fish.

u/Elhazar · 1 pointr/Aquariums

My suggestion:

Tank: Fluval Spec V, ≈90$

Substrate: ADA Amazonia 3l, ≈25$

CO₂: DIY CO₂, ≈free

Plants+Wood: 25$, try r/aquaswap or the RAOK in r/plantedtanks for cheap plants

Stock: 10$ Betta or Red Cherry shrimp. edit: Or bee/tiger shrimp, if the buffering of the soil ends in suitable params.

u/ColdDonut · 1 pointr/bettafish

Fluval Spec V w/ Finnex FugeRay for light. Some cheapo heater that I have a replacement for coming.

Slate bottom w/ a single Java Fern from my Fluval Edge 12G that was getting beat to the light. Water is a little dirty as I just plopped the fern in there.

u/Rufi0h · 1 pointr/PlantedTank

Well that depends on the size. I think anything under 5 gallons would be easy enough to move, but it will cause the fish stress if you have them. I suggest getting an all in one kit if you're not going to do anything more than some easy plants, shrimp, and a few hearty fish. Spec V is a good talk that's also easy to transport.

Also to answer one if your questions, yes I think a fish tank is a great addition to a classroom or School setting. As long as you can keep it safe where kids wouldn't tamper with it if they felt mischievious.

u/3legit2quit · 1 pointr/Aquariums

This is a copy/paste from another thread I did on this tank:

So I was in your boat 3 months ago and with the help of some local saltwater guys I got my tank up and running.[1] (looks a lot different now since i did some rescaping... I'll put a new video up soon)
Anywhosel... Don't go cheap... With anything... If you have to buy one piece at a time until you've got all your pieces do that. What I have:





Gravity Tester:[6]

Glass Cleaner:[7]

I had freshwater fish before the saltwater and it's wayyy more maintenance but way more fun. You will want to abandon the freshwater the moment you get the saltwater up and running.

u/mini4x · 1 pointr/Aquariums

Be patient and you can find them for less, I got mine for around $50, and it's the new version not the old version, the only real difference is the light is much better on the new one. If it comes in a white box it's the old version, black box is the new version, so if you find one locally that is how to tell.

u/NGraveD · 1 pointr/Aquariums

Kind of like the Fluval Spec V idea?

u/desktop_version_bot · 1 pointr/PlantedTank
u/nosindra · 1 pointr/bettafish

You can get a Fluval Spec V for that price on Amazon right now. IMO the Fluval is better quality, even if 2.5 fewer gallons. You would still need a heater.

I haven't been thrilled with PennPlax.

u/alongyourfuselage · 1 pointr/bettafish

Am in the UK so will probably be buying on amazon. Is this the same one?

u/shrimpball · 1 pointr/PlantedTank

I bought a Fluval Spec V 5 gallon tank off (no car, didn't want to carry) a few months ago. Definitely more pricey at ~$110-140 but I have no regrets. It comes with a tank, light, and filter. I liked it as a starter kit because it had most of what I needed, the filter is hidden, and it runs very quiet.

Other websites to add to what was already posted above: (Manitoba, but will ship) (Ontario, but will ship) (local Toronto)

You can check out the closest fish/aquarium forums in your area and do meetups for plants and other goods. (general toronto area) (BC) (alberta) (canada)

There are usually people getting rid of aquarium stuff on craigslist and kijiji too.

If you aren't going to have any livestock, you can also venture into strange shaped jars/vases (Winners, Canadian tire, homesense, bedbathandbeyond, JYSK, etc.). Also check for inspiration!

Slightly off topic: for plant stuff, I relied on the "easy" list on tropica's website for direction. since my tank is also lowtech

u/mobile_monster_ · 1 pointr/Aquariums
u/listen- · 1 pointr/bettafish

I bought my tank about a month ago and have been letting it run, as per the advice I received here. It is now finally ready to house a fish. I don't want to hurt or stress out my fish at all so I waited til everything was set. Plus my tank decor only just arrived due to the original package getting lost by UPS.

I may buy a betta this weekend if I see "the right one" but I am ok with waiting!

Here is a list of things I got, based on the general reddit consensus. I wished someone had included a list like this so here you go

Fluval 5 gallon (includes filter/light)

Hydor heater (hides right in the side part of the Fluval tank)


Sponge thingy to make the filter stream not too strong for bettas (I zip tied it on)

u/cafe_bustelo · 1 pointr/bettafish

I am really trying to stay simple. I want to keep dosing to a minimum. Was thinking of one of those fluval spec 5, thoughts on the light on that?

If not, any other suggestions?

u/Darthvodka · 1 pointr/PlantedTank

On my desk. The cheap LED light never worked but otherwise this has been a great tank. Have had it running a year now. Album

u/sokasu · 1 pointr/Aquariums

Do you think the lighting on this would suffice

u/PM_ME_YOUR_FIXIGENA · 1 pointr/Aquariums
u/Throwingawaywayy · 1 pointr/bettafish

Thanks! The tank is about 2.6 gallons (which I know is cutting it close, but that's as big as we can go currently). The tank comes with a circulation pump and a foam block/carbon/bio ring filter system. We switch the carbon as necessary and clean the bio rings/block.

u/Stepfanie · 1 pointr/Aquariums

The equipment cost a little under $200. In addition I bought 5 lbs of live sand ($12), but I only needed about half of it and 6 lbs of live rock ($5/lb). So excluding corals, a little under $250. My corals vary in price.

The tank is a Fluval Spec 3 ($56). I upgraded the pump (mini-jet 606-$23), lighting (Innovative Marine 8W LED-$60 used) and added a heater (25W Cobalt Neotherm-$36). I pulled out all of the filter media and stuffed the overflow chamber with chaeto and bits of live rock.

u/oldtaco1 · 1 pointr/electronic_cigarette

Your fish would love you forever if you gave him a better home!

u/Gup__ · 1 pointr/PlantedTank

Thanks! I'm guessing it's this one? I've been looking for a tank for a couple plants and some shrimp and I think this may be the one.. what do you have in yours besides duckweed?

u/Latte-Fun · 1 pointr/bettafish

As someone that's gone thru the same scenario as you I'm going to give you some possible options you can take that will make things way easier on you. The initial investment may be on the higher side but it's the equivalent of a couple dinners and a movie for some high quality stuff that'll last a long time.

u/farsideofthemoon · 1 pointr/femalefashionadvice

Haha thank you! He loves watching everything move around in there but doesn't really understand it yet.

I bought this aquarium a few weeks ago while it was around $50- keep an eye on the prices, they fluctuate like crazy. You by no means have to spend that much on a tank, I just preferred glass because it won't scratch like the poly ones, plus I like the kind of "minimal" look to it (all electronic components like the filter and heater are very discretely hidden), and it came with the filter and light. Besides the aquarium, which is by far the most expensive part, you can decide if you want it to be planted or just go with fake plants, then choose your substrate and decor accordingly. Non-active gravel is $1.00 at PetCo, or active substrate is around $15. A water dechlorinator is about $5, and a water test kit is around $10 depend on which one you choose. After that, there's pretty much just the cost of the inhabitants. I bought all of the plants, wood and animals (everything except the tank and the substrate) in my tank from for about $60 total- that includes two pieces of cholla wood for climbing, four Marimos, three rooted plants, a floating plant, six shrimp and four snails!

Phew. Startup can be pricey (or not, depending on what you choose) but after that, costs are minimal. If you ever wanted to start a second tank, especially with the shrimp and snails, you'd already have animals because the shrimp and snails will almost certainly breed.

I know that's a ton of info, let me know if you have any questions. :) It's so rewarding and worth it, IMO!

u/Frillshark · 1 pointr/bettafish

It's a sponge filter, built in with the tank (it's this tank, btw)

I did a water change just yesterday, too - Would that change the results? (and should I do one again so soon, even if it might stress out my fish and make him sicker?)

u/delps1001 · 1 pointr/Aquariums
u/Gredival · 1 pointr/AquaSwap

If you're interested in a kit and not just a bare tank and don't mind shipping, I'm looking to offload a new Fluval Chi (second model) and get rid of a used 5 gallon Petsmart tank (their knock-off of the Fluval Spec V)

Otherwise if you don't mind getting something bigger, a 20G long and 40G breeders are nice starter tanks with the dollar per gallon sale coming up.

u/solinaceae · 1 pointr/Aquariums

Fluval Chi also on sale.

I haven't used the Chi, but if you're using the spec V for bettas, you'll have to baffle the water output. Cut a small corner of the filter sponge, and shove it in the output tube to reduce the flow. Clean periodically when the flow get too backed up.

u/Spectral_OS · 1 pointr/bettafish

Alright, cool. Thanks for the tip. I'm getting a 5 gallon tank that can be found here. Is that tank suitable for the betta fish?

u/MrDegausser · 1 pointr/Aquariums

Dude, THIS right here is perfect for you.

u/PurpleOwl82 · 1 pointr/bettafish

Check FB Marketplace, Nextdoor and Craigslist. Often I see people selling tanks AND the accompanying supplies and decor for cheap... and you can pick it up in person instead of waiting for shipping.

If you'd prefer online, Amazon has this 5 gallon acrylic tank for under just over $35:

u/itscarlawithak · 1 pointr/bettafish

I have this tank, I'm not sure what kind of prefilter sponge would work with it? It says it uses Tetra Whisper S replacement filters, so I'm not sure if there is a specific sponge filter for it or not. a quick Google search shows circular sponges, so not sure how that would fit with the intake being on top like it is.

I may go with the panty hose option if I can figure out how to cover it. Or I may just say F it and get an entirely new HOB filter that I can use the sponge or pantyhose easier and hopefully the current filter cartridge

u/fictionthatspulp · 1 pointr/bettafish

I recently picked this tank up. 5 gallon for $25 bucks. Comes with a filter as well. I also got a bag of these stones/gravel/whatever you wanna call them, and a heater. All coming in well under 50 with shipping. So far Sir Fishy fishington of Fishville is digging his new home after being confined to a betta cube for a few weeks. Here's some pictures of the tank/Sir Fishy

u/Aerys1 · 1 pointr/Wishlist

LED fish tank for my cats because they need fun things to watch, especially my older girl who can't get up into windows like she used to.


a cute tortoise pic


Snack is: peanut butter crackers

u/Helpful24 · 1 pointr/rescuecats

The cats I have "rescued" have went from me to a no kill shelter because I was taking care of them in the alley. My own cats are inside and have never been out since I've had them. The one I took into the rescue last was placed in the bathroom when I took him in (for isolation). The director had let me know that when they went to see him he was gone (from a closed room). He actually went up into the ceiling vent! Can you believe? I went to visit him after he was fixed and incorporated into one of the open cat rooms. I was able to pet him still while no one else was. I went to visit again after a while and he made some more progress. Last time I looked on their website he had been adopted.

The reason I tell you is because as painful as it is to hear the yowling you have actually saved her. Maybe try giving her a stuffed animal that you have slept with, something to cuddle with. She might have had other cats with her outside and be lonely for them. Also is there a window that she can see out of without climbing the walls or being able to open it? She doesn't need to be outside but cats do like to look outside. I also leave the TV on for my cats. I don't want your mother to be upset so maybe something like this would help. I think the kitty needs a distraction. Also I leave my radio on to music (classic rock like Journey, Queen - my preference). No one likes to be in a closed and quiet room all alone, but don't worry because that is why you are making it so nice for her. How is she when you are in the room? Also I saw someone recommended Feliway and I make sock babies for them. Take some old socks and tie them inside a tube sock (a longer sock) and tie a knot in the end. It is like a kitty body pillow. If you sleep with the socks in your bed first for a day or two then they will smell like you.

u/xoxohorses · 1 pointr/aquarium
u/cooli_n · 1 pointr/PlantedTank

surprising, Amazon!! It’s a Marineland Portrait 5 gallon kit. I love this tank. Here’s the link!

Marineland ML90609 Portrait Aquarium Kit, 5-Gallon w/ Hidden Filter

u/Omgtraceface · 1 pointr/bettafish

It may be due to the angle of the photo, here is the exact tank I have

u/smilemorepleez · 1 pointr/bettafish

Check out the Marineland Portrait (5 gallon) on Amazon - full kit, only needs a heater. - $57.46 -



Indian Almond Leaves - $7.95

Marino Moss Balls - find the cheapest with the best reviews - $7.95 -

VitaChem - $9.12 -

Betta Hammock - $7.56 -

My betta's favorite hammock - $5.99 -

Seachem Ammonia Alert - $6.99 -

Pipettes - $6.19 -

Thermometer - $6.99 -

Tweezers/Scissors for plants - $11.39 -

Algae Scraper - $7.50 -

API Freshwater Testing Kit - $17.59 -


u/Xvidiagames · 1 pointr/ReefTank

Thanks for all the info! I will take all of that into consideration.
I talked to my LFS and he said that if I wanted to go real nano since im brand new at this I should get this and just get a goby and a shrimp. Maybe it would be a good idea for me to start out small like this? He quoted 100 for the tank and everything else I need besides fish. Im not worried about price, more just my lack of experience in salt water.

u/Chroniklogic · 1 pointr/bettafish

Thank you! His name is Randy. I’ve had him about a year now. The light came with the tank which I bought on Amazon.

Marineland ML90609 Portrait Aquarium Kit, 5-Gallon w/ Hidden Filter

u/Zeratas · 1 pointr/Aquariums

My fiance and I are looking to get a small tank for a table-top(big table attached to wall) placement in our kitchen.

We're not looking for anything larger than this. It'd go up against one of the walls.

Marineland ML90609 Portrait Aquarium Kit, 5-Gallon w/ Hidden Filter

How is this one in terms of quality and ease of care?

What sort of fish/aquatic animals should we expect to be able to safely care for in that kind of tank size?

Whoever lives there will be named...SHARKBAIT-OOO HAHA

u/madmax300k · 1 pointr/Aquariums

oh of course. Marineland ML90609 Portrait Aquarium Kit, 5-Gallon w/ Hidden Filter

u/MESOFRUFFEH · 1 pointr/bettafish

I got the Marineland 5 Gallon Portrait off of amazon, I love it. It's on sale right now for $41 and comes with everything you need except for a heater, thermometer (It *MIGHT* have come with a stick on the glass thermometer, I can't remember, but I don't think it did) and of course accessories like substrate/plants. I did have to remove the pump and turn the flow all the way down, as it comes cranked all the way up, and I made a baffle out of a water bottle to redirect the water flow a little so it doesn't blow him all over the tank. It's easy to play with the outflow and get it where you want it to be. It also has a little notch built in for your heater cord, which is nice, because there is not a lot of room to run cords thru where the covers are. The instructions say not to place the heater in the filter compartment, but I have read of many people doing it without issue, I haven't tried it because I'm scared lol, but it would definitely be more aesthetically pleasing that way. It is literally the perfect betta tank with a few modifications. I love the lid, everything fits nice and tight, no worrying about jumping out, or even snails escaping. If you have a cat that might be inclined to step on top of the lid... it's not going anywhere at all, so thats a big plus for some folks. The filter and pump is all tucked into a compartment in the back so you don't see any of it. Plenty of room to add more biological media. The light is adequate as well, very bright. I have seen videos of people modifying the filter set up, theres plenty of room in there to make modifications. Here is a video about the tank from Aquarium Co-Op on youtube. If i remember correctly he shows you the modifications he made to it. I really do love it, and my fish has been very happy in it!


If you decide to get plants... be careful buying them at the store. I spent way too much on plants at the store that weren't in the greatest condition (granted I was buying for a 40 gallon and a 10 gallon as well and you won't have to spend much to fill a 5 gallon), they were about the same price online, and arrived MUCH healthier than the ones in the store were. I ordered a low light bundle off of amazon and was pleased with it. I also find that by buying at the store, I have no idea what the hell I'm looking at/for because I am a noob. That is why I bought bundles of plants that someone else pre-picked to work in a low light tank lol. I have also shopped eBay, you can get buy 2 get 1 free on a lot of plants, and the sellers are incredibly helpful!! Here is a nano aquarium bundle on amazon, I don't think you could buy these in store for less than that price either! The description says " This is a live plant bundle for smaller/nano aquariums or betta tanks.The plants do not need any special fertilizers or CO2, just enough light from an aquarium lamp to thrive. All plants are smaller and none are taller than 6". The plants in this bundle includes a Rosette sword, Marimo Moss Ball, Cryptocoryne Parva, Lobelia Cardinalis, Micro-Swords, Anubias Nana. "


It is more expensive than gravel, but I would look into Fluval Stratum or the Seachem Black for your substrate if you do real plants. Someone with more experience please correct me if I am wrong on any of this!!


I hope that helped some, all just my opinion based on what I've experienced/learned thus far with my 5 gallon & plants. I am a noob to planted tanks, but I really wanted to get away from plastic plants since they can hurt fins. I am still learning, so I am sorry if I gave you any misinformation!

u/shesellsseashells19 · 1 pointr/bettafish

Honestly, I'm still trying to figure it out. "The kit features Marineland 3-stage hidden filtration with a Rite-Size Z Cartridge and Marineland Bio-Foam (included in the kit), and includes an adjustable flow filter pump." So will any of these take out the good stuff from the IAL?

My exact tank is this:

u/dumb_giraffe · 1 pointr/bettafish

There are lots of great desktop aquariums you could consider. I personally have this tank, and it takes up no space. There are some longer options that would be just as good (but my betta seems to not mind the vertical space).

u/Knight_Aero · 1 pointr/bettafish
u/persimmoncrane · 1 pointr/bettafish

Hey there! I want to stay posted on this situation. Everyone else who has replied to your post has exhausted their good advice, however, I wanted to just share this with you!

Marineland ML90609 Portrait Aquarium Kit, 5-Gallon w/ Hidden Filter

If you happen to have 10 square inches of surface to spare, this tank could be a great investment for you! It’s dimensions are 9.5x9.5x16.

Christmas is coming up. Maybe someone in the family could help chip in??

u/demon8rix · 1 pointr/Aquariums

Marineland ML90609 Portrait Aquarium Kit, 5-Gallon w/ Hidden Filter

I love this one and have several lol.

u/No-This-Is-Patar · 1 pointr/Aquariums

Oh I have plenty of equipment, that's not an issue :P

I actually did some more research and decided on this tank instead.

I'm also thinking about a bonsai tree planted set up instead to help utilize the extra vertical space. I plan on stocking this tank with CRS or black bumble bee shrimp.

u/MCubb · 1 pointr/PlantedTank

Great! So I bought this tank:

And I'm using these filters:

But there's hardly anything inside these filters it seems. I'm guessing very little of the water actually touches the carbon inside. These are the filters that are made for that tank, but the tank's setup also has a biofoam spongy filter thing. Should I replace that with a bag of activated carbon? And if so, do you know what would fit?

Also, before my last water change, I opened the lid to the back section of the tank (where the pump is) and the surface of the water had like a nasty "oil slick" on it - of course not actually oil, but some sort of nasty bio something. Any thoughts on that/how to prevent it? The water in the back section looks very still and little turbulence, so I'm guessing the surface just sits back there and never cycles.

u/goodfengshui · 1 pointr/bettafish

Well, like you said, life is busy which is why appreciate your thoughtful replies. And is also why my own reply is so late!!

I just uploaded some new photos to an imgur help portray some of the things I might refer back to as I go through this post:

As I am typing this I see an earlier suggestion of yours that addresses one of my photo's subjects. So due to the fish-in cycling stress of the tank it's normal for Christopher to be chilling mainly on the filter intake...upside down (for me it's the 3rd pic down, and he's bit opaque)?? He seems to swim normally and happily whenever he feels like it, and easily removes himself from the filter. A google search shows it may be okay behavior. I mean, if he wants that, I am totally fine with it, but I know I need to somehow slow the current of the filter to avoid too much more stress. I'm concerned more about a small bit of redness on the bottom of Christopher's belly/bottom fin. Elsewhere he looks fine, just a bit of new redness at the fin's tip. By, the way, I have say thank you again. By the time I got to doing the salt bath I mentioned earlier, to me he looked like a fish that wasn't going to make it. I was already looking at how to treat the tank if the betta died in it. But he is back to his old self, energetic, so I am pretty grateful. There's not way of telling, but I really think he might not still be here if I hadn't read through that link.

Thanks for suggesting the Polyfill, as you can see, my second, half-assed attempt at baffling isn't too effective. But at least the water is directed only to the tank's center, and not all over, so there's to move around it all. My first attempt where I carefully cut up the sponge was useless. Maybe since the water's not going straight down, Christopher Lee suddenly likes resting on the intake?

The first pic might seem random, but it is another new tank I am trying to fishless cycle. It's a Merineland 5 gallon portrait tank: It's highly rated and the pump/filter(?) strength is adjustable. So the first pic is this filter on the slowest adjustment, but it still looks strong to me, especially since the tank is deeper and the fish would have to swim up a bit to eat and breath.

I don't believe the filter on the first (Walmart) tank is adjustable, but someone else set it up and got rid of the box and instructions immediately after, and I had no clue what I was doing yet.

And the Amano Shrimp sounds like a good place to start. I never looked into what I wanted as tank companions beyond the tetras, which are Dwarf Emerald. I was never much of a fan of Plecos. I knew what they looked like, but not their name. They likely would not have been my choice when I got to the point of adding more tank pals. I'll definitely be doing much more research and referring back to this advice when I get to point of adding more companions.

By the way, do you have any quick, general suggestions for possible tank mates for a five gallon tank with just a betta?

Sounds like I will have to start googling live plants as an eventual goal as I already have a lot of "playing around" to do. Can I ask one lazy (and maybe silly) question though? Can a tank have a mixture of live and fake plants? Is there more attention and effort in maintaining live plants? Ok...I think I'm starting to get into the google questions.

I did water changes on both of my tanks this morning, and the filter on my first tank, the Walmart one, suddenly seems to have stopped working. It could be the cords, but will this affect the fish a lot if it takes a day or two to get a new filter? Any suggestions on a decent one on the lower end of price ranges? The heater seems to be working and the tank is at a good temp.

I apologize for my lazy formatting, especially with how wordy this response is! I only have short patches of time here and there to try to write anything, so this is pretty much get any sort of reply I can get sent at all.

What is your lazy betta's name? And what is(are) your setup(s) like, what kind of communities? Pics are cool!

u/inexplorata · 1 pointr/Aquariums

I've had two bettas (separated) sharing a 5-gallon portrait tank while I've been trying to cycle a second identical tank. Several months in and several restarts later I'm having zero luck fishless cycling, despite having been successful in the first tank. I mean, the first tank is really doing well, apart from having two fish in it.

So I'm starting "fresh" (so to speak) in the new tank, completely replaced the water twice (Prime both rounds), next I'm trying a sponge filter; I've ordered a biologically active sponge and a small air pump, the idea being when both arrive I'll plop them in and have cycled media.

Other than the obvious API test kit tests, is there anything I should have to do before moving one of the bettas into his new tank? Should I continue running the powered filter while the sponge is going, too?

u/tjknudson · 1 pointr/bettafish

It is a taller 5 gallon tank (

I have never spent the money on a testing kit, but the temperature is right at 78F. It has about 4 different plants. There is no air stone, the bubbles are seemingly popping up overnight.

u/DepartmentPorglet · 1 pointr/bettafish
u/ReallyBroReally · 1 pointr/Aquariums

I have a Marina Slim S10 clip-on filter with quick-change filter cartridges, which came with this

u/Paran0idAlien · 1 pointr/Aquariums

Is this a good choice for my first aquarium?

I'm a complete beginner.

Also how many tiny fish could I fit? Like 6 max? (if they're a bit less than an inch long)

u/rogueavacado · 1 pointr/Aquariums

It is this tank kit:

The tank has been set up for two weeks. There is one betta in it and approx 1/4"-3/4" natural gravel at the bottom, with the depth of the gravel varying depending on where it is, as I have slightly more gravel around any small bunch plants.

It is a fresh water tank with the levels just fine. The light which came as part of the hood (It's a long skinny LED strip light that is aprox 10" long) puts out alot of light which reaches the bottom of the tank well. It is turned on when I get out of bed in the morning and turned off before I go to bed at night.

Different plants require different light, and I expect that not all varieties will work in this environment. Even still, I assume there would be some baseline guesstimate as to when one might know when they might see deterioration in the plants from the hood light not being a wide enough spectrum. There is certainly ENOUGH light, but I am not sure of the light's quality.

u/kittycoppermine · 1 pointr/bettafish

Local chain pet store. It's a Marina LED 5Gallon. This is same on US Amazon.

The tank is nice but I don't use the filter that came with it - way too strong and it was noisy.

u/littlestghoust · 1 pointr/bettafish

Eh, idk. I bought my tank at 5g for for almost that and it has everything. The filter is pretty quiet, and the size is good for one betta, plus it was in my price range.

My Wisp really loves his tank. When I clean it, I put him next to it so he can watch. IDK if it makes him feel better but it can't hurt for him to see he isn't going back to that tiny cup I bought him in. It's sad, cuz the moss ball cups are bigger than the betta cups at the pet store!

Edit: added more info

u/_Prrr · 1 pointr/AquaSwap


If you're in Baltimore or nearby I also have a 10 gallon you could have for free, just one of those basic ones from petco and I have this 5gallon kit that comes with a filter, lid with LED lights, and I could include the fish net and thermometer that I'd sell for $20.

u/Darthcookie · 1 pointr/bettafish

> One thing i would suggest, however, is if you're looking to house a betta ditch any filter you get with a kit.

What? Nooooo

I literally just got this kit because of the heater/thermometer/filter combo >_<

I’m still working on getting plants and other aqua scape stuff, and I’m going out of town for 2-3 weeks so it’s gonna be a while before I can cycle it. I’m very nervous about it and I’m afraid I’m gonna kill my fishy :(

u/stalence9 · 1 pointr/PlantedTank

So after a ton of research (mostly watching hours upon hours of YouTube videos), I finally decided to dip my jump into a planted tank.


Background on the Set-Up

I bought a basic Aqueon 10 Gallon LED Starter Tank , cleaned it and laid a base of CaribSea Eco-Complete substrate.

Put in two pieces of driftwood that I picked up at Petco (had been previously soaking in water for a couple days to add the weight and clear most of the Tannins before setting up the tank).

Then planted the three plant species I decided to give a try at:

  • Amazon Sword (2x in the background)
  • Vallisneria (2 shoots - seen flanking the right-hand sword in the pictures)
  • Crypt Parva (3 pots, broken up some and distributed in the foreground)


    I chose the above three as they've all been labeled hardy, beginner-friendly, low-light, and low-tech (no-CO2).


    After setting it up this morning, the picture is one, I took this evening of the tank.


    The Questions

    So my question centers around how low-light is low-light? There are no stats regarding wattage with the included hood/LED light but if you click the amazon link above to the kit, it has a nice photograph of the underside of the hood and shows the LED lights. That coupled with the size of the tank (e.g. not a lot of depth on a 10 gallon) and the plant selection, I was hoping you all might have some advice.


    Is the included light in this kit sufficient for the plants above and the tank? If so, how long should it run per day? 8, 9, 10 hours?


    If the basic light, hood included with the tank is not sufficient, is there an alternative for a 10 gallon tank you might recommend for my tank and plant load?


    Also any other tips or advice that I may not already have come across through many of the popular YouTube channels would be welcome too for a first time planted tank keeper.


    Additional Information

    Additional information, I'm looking for the plants to stay healthy but I don't necessarily need them to thrive like crazy either where I have Val take over the tank.


    Eventually, I want to populate the tank with a small school of Neon Tetras and perhaps some Red Cherry Shrimp.
u/anna1138 · 1 pointr/bettafish

I didnt use any original gravel. . . And the filter is too strong. I got this
From the fish store because it was cheaper than buying the new filter (the kit was 40 dollars). The aquarium guy told me the current would be fine for a betta, but it's way too strong, even when I baffled it. And for some reason my betta likes swimming in the current. His 5 gal is still on my desk, half full, but I threw the filter away. Should I fill the 5 gal, add the sponge filter, and put him in? I mean after I test the water. Then should I take some water from the 5 gal and add it to the 10 to start cycling it? Also one thing I didn't mention, I have two marmino moss balls that I had with him in his 5 gal that I transferred over. Should I just leave them in the 10?
And thank you so much for your help, its obvious I dont know much

u/ShrimpAndCustardSoup · 0 pointsr/bettafish

I've also got one of these. The curved glass is amazing looking. The filter is OK, light is Meh. But the price is worth the tank alone.

Edit: guess these don't come with lights anymore. Which is good. Lol

u/JosVermeulen · -1 pointsr/Aquariums

I don't know how expensive they are, and you can indeed remove a sticker, but not a filter outlet.
And the thing is that the filter compartment looks identical to that in a Spec 3.
Fluval Spec 3:

Another thing I see now is that you might want to add a leaf (a plastic one is good) for your betta to rest on.