Best aquariums & fish bowls according to redditors

We found 719 Reddit comments discussing the best aquariums & fish bowls. We ranked the 184 resulting products by number of redditors who mentioned them. Here are the top 20.

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Top Reddit comments about Aquariums & Fish Bowls:

u/Tylenol_Creator · 733 pointsr/mildlyinteresting

I have one of these, this is a hydroponic fish tank and its meant to go in the cups in the tray at the top.

For those wondering which one it is exactly, its this:

u/H720 · 276 pointsr/INEEEEDIT
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/Silver_kitty · 21 pointsr/Aquariums

I flipped through the 23 pages of "Pet supplies" and selected every fish-related item I saw. Times are in EDT.
Prime Day Fish Deals:

API Products:

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/FliesLikeABrick · 18 pointsr/AskReddit

ecosphere self-contained aquatic ecosystem

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/colormypotato · 13 pointsr/crafts

Amazon sells that exact dome bowl thingy. I couldn't really find any alternatives that looked similar that weren't going to cost you an arm and a leg.

For the water (I imagine you'd have to put in some sort of divider, unless you want to just fill the whole thing up) you could use the technique this guy uses Youtube tutorial

u/stranrar · 12 pointsr/Frugal

I think that a big part of what makes this a great frugal gift is that it is strikingly different to anything else you can give for cheap. To be handed a jar of dirt is strange and therefore memorable, but (hopefully) it's also something that will be enjoyed. Obviously this gift isn't for everyone, but I think it's head and shoulders above some of the other suggestions. "Oh, a flash drive / gift card / cheese. Thanks..."

As an aside, you can also give more than one if you're feeling generous. Adding different nutrients at the start will cause a different succession of microbes meaning different colours. It sure beats paying $50 to torture shrimp with the animal version

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/Blan21 · 9 pointsr/wallpapers

I don't know if you can buy these ones specifically, but there are these which are rather similar. They're self sustaining ecosystem spheres, just place them next to a window and you can watch life in motion.

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/rosyshalice · 8 pointsr/FindItOnAmazon

I don't know if this qualifies as a toy or not but they are so amazing! I've wanted one since I was a kid and saw a giant version at NASA. A tiny, self contained aquarium ecosystem

u/Kendama_Llama · 8 pointsr/biology
u/NortWind · 8 pointsr/Jarrariums

It can be done, and many people in the group have made sealed tanks, with varying degrees of success. There are also very nice professionally made sealed environment jars.

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/ZZZ_123 · 6 pointsr/Aquariums

Tbh, if you want shrimp, just throw like 5 hearty dwarfs in there. They'll be fine. Just don't tell r/shrimptank cause they'd just lose their shit.

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/Heinus · 6 pointsr/buildapc

Going to do one in a couple of months just cause I can, and for shits and giggles! From my brief research, you want to stay away from hard drives, as the oil will slow down the disc speed.



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u/mtaylor102 · 6 pointsr/bettafish

This is a good cheap 3 gallon, I have one my self and it can easily fit on a desk.

You will need to get a heater for it though but you can get one for pretty cheap as well.

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/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/Dd7990 · 5 pointsr/bettafish

It’s actually only 3 gallons... a really bad overpriced ($90-$99) 3g tank which is basically the glorified larger version of sticking a betta in a vase and plugging the top with a plant... in other words, it belongs on r/shittyaquariums.


u/happuning · 5 pointsr/bettafish

This is it, yes?

It's 3 gal. Too small for any tank mates. You can get a tank brush to clean algae and not have to worry about snails dying.

u/june_bug77 · 4 pointsr/childfree

You can get brine shrimp in a self-sustaining ecosphere.

I’ve had one for five years and have one shrimp left (out of four). The maintenance is almost zero and it’s fun to watch them swim around.

u/DreamGirly_ · 4 pointsr/Aquariums what about this one? it includes lights and a filter as well

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/Iwilltellyoutrue · 4 pointsr/gardening

This is a complete, but more expensive kit. Utterly DIYable.

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/davect01 · 3 pointsr/bettafish

Any heated and filtered tank is better than the little crappy cups they live in at the pet store.

Yes, bigger is better but they can live quite happily in smaller tanks if you keep up on regular cleanings and water changes

I personally have a small footprint for my Betta tank and have this one:

But if I were to start fresh I would go with this one:

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/LesaneCrooks · 3 pointsr/GalaxyNote8
u/n8bog · 3 pointsr/interestingasfuck
u/Fwob · 3 pointsr/INEEEEDIT

I got this one a year ago and my little shrimps are still going strong.

The magnetic glass cleaning system is pretty neat too.

u/bowglum · 3 pointsr/nanotank

Penn Plax Curved Corner Glass Aquarium Kit, Filter, LED Light, Float Glass For Maximum Viewing 3.4 Gallon

u/Aetyrno · 3 pointsr/Aquariums

I have one that looks like identical construction, just taller. Purchased at Wet Spot in Portland, OR. It was not labeled with a manufacturer - Did some looking and it appears to be a Penn Plax

u/Series_of_Accidents · 3 pointsr/pics

Seconded! Get that bad boy in a 5 gallon tank, slide some brand new panty hose in the filter intake (slows the current, betas live in naturally calm waters) and watch him thrive.

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/suxer · 3 pointsr/bettafish

As stated in title, Fishy is the newest member of our household.

My first instinct was to read up on bettas and in doing so, found this subreddit.

I have several doubts, such as:

  • what kind of betta is this?

  • Is it healthy? (Ive seen more vibrant colors on pics posted here)

  • Can/Should I pair it with other fish?

  • Are pellets preferred over flakes?

    As per suggestions on this sub, I think buying a bigger tank is my number 1 priority; im currently looking into a Tetra Tank (3 Gallons), this one is favored by my wife, as she finds its aesthetically pleasing (and I agree). However, most people suggest a 5 Gallon tank, so Im also looking into a GloFish Tank, we both dislike the blue led on this model and the black plastic lid it comes with.

    In any case, we're also looking to buy the following:

  • heater

  • Thermometer

  • Silk plant

  • Log/Hiding spot

  • Filter * which we think we would only buy if we get the Tetra Tank, as per amazon commenters suggestions.

    We already have a net (for scooping), drops to dechlorinate water, aquarium salt (for cleaning) and what you see already in the tank.

    Please help us give this fish an awesome life!

    PS.: We are not in the US, if it even matters.
u/isuxdix · 3 pointsr/pics

Amazon my friend.

Of course the Spongebob stuff is extra.

u/avixen · 3 pointsr/PlantedTank

Well, this tank unfortunately is plastic, but it does have a great minimal look. Fits perfectly on the corner of my desk here at home. It has a flat plastic lid that just sorta sits on top.

u/jynnjynn · 3 pointsr/bettafish

Looking at your original post...

The responses were valid advice, even if the tone may have been a bit condescending, but your responses were also very defensive and rude.

If you want to keep your water from being cloudy, upgrade to a tank with a filter. 1 gallon really isn't large enough for a betta, and they are tropical fish so should be in a heated tank.

You can pick up a pretty cheap kit that includes a light and filter.
Something like this looks nice, is adequately sized, and comes with a filter (although its not a GREAT filter, its certainly better than none) This little heater works well for a 3 gallon (which is what I linked earlier) and doesn't take up much room or look crappy in the tank.

A filter is not a cure all, you will still want to do partial water changes occasionally, and if youre having trouble with cloudy water, you may be over feeding. your fish's stomach is about the size of it's eye, it only needs 2-3 or those little betta pellets once a day, and if you want to keep 2 male bettas, you'll want to get something at least 5 gallons, and the divider should be something they cant see clearly though as it will stress them out. You can usually pick up a little 5 gallon glass tank at most pet stores for about $11, but you would need to get a filter, heater, etc seperately. Bettas are jumpers, so youd want to either leave about an inch unfilled at the top, or put some kind of lid on there.

This little filter works great for ~5 gallon tanks, and has adjustable flow. (bettas dont like a lot of current, so you wanna keep the flow on any filter pretty low for them)

Getting a siphon, or just a 2-3ft piece of fountain tubing (you can get it from any hardware store) makes partial water changes a million times easier as well. If you WANT to put forth the necessary effort to properly house and car for your fish, send me a PM and I may be able to help you out if you truly can't afford it. But if you TRULY don't have the time to screw with it, give them away to someone who does, and try again when your life situation is less stressful.

u/LeTom · 3 pointsr/nanotank

Its acrylic but i got it for a great price around black friday on Amazon

Tetra LED Cube Shaped 3 Gallon Aquarium with Pedestal Base

u/theotherghostgirl · 3 pointsr/bettafish

Also you might want to upgrade if the tank is 1 gallon or less. A lot of people say 5 gallon is minimum, but I’ve had a lot of success with a three gallon tank with live plants and a snail.

While I highly suggest this tank, I think a lot of petsmarts have tanks in similar sizes with filters for a better price.
I would suggest that you also buy some Anubis nana to add to the tank, and possibly checking nearby ponds for duckweed you can heavily rinse and add to your tank.
Tetra LED Cube Shaped 3 Gallon Aquarium with Pedestal Base

I also have a certain type of plant I bought on sale that seems to grow like a weed, but it doesn’t have a shortened name so I’ll need to look it up

edit It’s a Bacopa, not sure on the full name but it’s the species petsmart sells.
It was in my tank for 4 months and grew from being little over an inch to five inches long

u/Gredival · 3 pointsr/Aquariums

I'd invest in something like this. It comes with lighting and a small air-driven filter; in a heated room or in a temperate climate, this will be sufficient for a solitary Betta after the tank cycles. You could add in shrimp or a snail, but no more fish.

Alternatively, for a little more money, you can probably get a 10G tank at Petco for the $10 and spend about $15-20 on a hood with light. Then you can get a cheap hang-over-back power filter or get a small airpump and order a sponge filter online. The Betta would appreciate the extra room and you could probably, after the tank cycles, keep a small school of more peaceful fish with him after (bottom feeders like Cory Cats or Otos would probably be ideal)

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/kamuletoe · 3 pointsr/aquaponics

Just lighting from the window, the only thing that uses power atm is the tiny pump (soon to be a heater), I have no air pump with this bad boy. Back to the Roots AquaFarm v2 (Packaging May Vary)

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/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/bowmaster17 · 2 pointsr/Aquariums

Nope, it's this one

u/uh_ohh_cylons · 2 pointsr/bettafish

Is this one the same as your tank?

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/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/johnnymetoo · 2 pointsr/todayilearned

You can buy such closed ecosystems.

u/chefbsba · 2 pointsr/aww

You should get an EcoSphere to add to those, they are pretty freaking sweet.

u/xkarya · 2 pointsr/electronics

yes, the tank is completely sealed and self-sustaining. it should last a number of years, even longer if the shrimp inside reproduce which sometimes they are known to do. here's a link to the amazon page. but it's a pretty established company so with google you shouldn't have difficulty finding other vendors that sell them.

u/vigg-o-rama · 2 pointsr/ReefTank

its an experiment... my other tank gets 20-25% changes every week or two, has breeding clowns, breeding brittle stars, corals with great growth, etc. ... I only mention it to prove the point that it is entirely possible. FWIW : The fish in the 125 is also 20 years old and only gets fed every week or two, she forages for the rest. I Was shooting for something like a big version of this

I dont recomend that anyone tries this, as I said, its an expermint, but you stated that you personally have never seen a tank go long term with no water changes and you have seen people try and it fails, and I just wanted to tell you that it is possible, but its extreme and its not for everyone.

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/crazycatlady45 · 2 pointsr/bettafish

Ditto with the craigslist idea. Also, you should try to get at least 3 gallons for him. A 5 gallon tank takes up less space than you'd think. You will need a heater (betta's like warm temperatures above 80) and a small filter. They aren't a huge fan of current, so get something with a low flow or you can add things to lower the flow by doing something like this.

Make sure any decorations you get are either silk plants or soft, they can easily tear their fins. You will also need water conditioner to make the tap water safe. Prime is the best out there. It's a little expensive, but goes far.

Here is a 3 gallon tank for under $30 that comes with a filter.

Another one.

Aaaand another. With this one, just don't put the divider in so he will have 2.5 gallons.

Once again, obviously bigger is better, but you are in a dorm so don't worry about it :)

u/ErrantWhimsy · 2 pointsr/bettafish

Why something besides a regular aquarium? Is $30 too much?

Rounded 5 gallon

Pretty 3 gallon

$25 5 gallon

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/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/dabeezkneez · 2 pointsr/bettafish

He's currently living in this guy but I was looking into this one. Please let me know if that's an acceptable size 3gal. Hopefully I can order it so that it'll come by the end of the week!

u/c8lou · 2 pointsr/Aquariums

If you can get her to upgrade to even a 2.5G, then you can use this little internal with relative ease. You can probably get a 2.5G that has a similar footprint to a 1G, just more height, and would allow a bit more space for the linked filter and a heater (examples: my favourite, a 3G or something like this or this).

If you can't, you might be able to fit the above filter into a 1G with the alternate outflow attachment (it comes with a spraybar and just a little nozzle). I've set up that filter and a heater in a 1G cube as a temporary QT before and didn't even leave it as a 1 week QT because it left too little room for anything else/stable parameters.

u/intangiblemango · 2 pointsr/Aquariums

Are you just looking for something cute for a betta? There are lots of adorable little set-ups that would work well. The main thing is that you need 3+ gallons, a heater, a filter, and space for decor. My betta is in the 6 gallon version of this tank, but there are cheaper options. All the little Fluvals (except the Edge, since it doesn't allow the betta to reach the surface!) are great betta choices. I considered the Fluval Chi before settling on the Eheim. If that's still too expensive, I think this little Tetra cube is super cute and it's an acceptable size for a betta, and at $30, it's pretty reasonably priced. (They won't come with heaters, so you will have to buy one separately.)

Check out the sidebar if you want a little more info on starting up a tank! I'm happy to answer questions if you want to know if something will work or not.

u/ZileanQ · 2 pointsr/vancouver

Aquariums West is on Beatty St downtown, the Fluval Spec line seems up your alley.

This would probably be more cost effective, though.

u/ifrinne · 2 pointsr/bettafish

It's the Tetra Cube aquarium kit (tank, lid, LED light, filter). I believe it comes in various sizes and this one is the three-gallon. I got this one off of Amazon ( for $30USD and you can probably find it in a pet store or even Walmart. :)

u/catnik · 2 pointsr/bettafish

My co-worker bought a betta for the office, and he's currently in a little .7 gallon plastic tank with one little plastic plant. I think he needs a better environment, so I am working on a shopping list based on research.

The tank needs to have a small footprint, and I want something that will be low-maintenance. (Not my fish! But I am willing to help keep Swatch happy and healthy)

I am looking at the Marineland Portrait Glass 5 Gallon - 5 seems quite large for the space, but I don't know if he would be as well off in a 2.5 or 3. (I like the 3 gallon Tetra cube, but it seems to be out of stock everywhere.)

Is this a good tank? I think I will also need a heater for winter, just in case.

I would like to get Swatch some little moss ball and an Anacharis plant or Java Fern. Is 5 gallons enough for a betta and a live plant? (Would 3 be enough for one fish and a live plant?)

At 5 gallons, is that enough for a tankmate (neon tetras? Ghost shrimp?) or should I let him live solo?

Also, I find the little suction-cup hammocks hilarious, so I plant to get one of those. And maybe a floating log.

3 or 5 gallon tank
live plant

Does that sound like a good starting setup?

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/thebareju · 2 pointsr/bettafish

Just got him from the local pet store a couple days ago, his name's Doc. I think he might have ich, but I'm new to betta keeping and wanted a second opinion. He does kind of dart around and might be trying to scratch himself on the silk leaves but it's hard to tell.

If so, do you guys have any recommendations for treatment? I understand that most medicines are anti-bacterial, but I'm keeping Doc in a small aquaponics system so I'd rather not kill off the bacteria the system relies on. I've got a second tank I could use as a hospital tank, but would I still need to change out all the water in the display tank?

Thanks in advance, I'm new at this and a bit overwhelmed.

u/luv2h8myjob · 2 pointsr/bettafish
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/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/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/UT_Teapot · 2 pointsr/news

Maybe look to see if there's ways to do small scale versions? This is probably the most unproductive version of aquaponics but at least it's something?

u/sphynx245 · 2 pointsr/bettafish

Thank you so much for your reply! It doesn't seem like it, he swims happily all through his plant, he loves that thing, but I also only watch him about 15 minutes per feeding (2 times a day/ 3 pellets per feeding); I like to watch him swim around. Okay, I will continue the 20% water changes and add in aquarium salt. How much should I add? Okay, I will do that if the rate continues(bettafix). It's a 3 gallon tank ( it's supposed to be aquaponics, but currently it doesn't have any plants because I haven't owned a fish before, I wanted to focus on that first. No it is not filtered. Thanks again for your reply.

u/fukinell · 2 pointsr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I have a [$97 fish tank] ( thats cool as FUCK cuse it has like plants at the top and the tank part at the bottom.

u/Chronicly · 1 pointr/LSD

It’s cheap :) KollerCraft 3 Gallon 360 View Aquarium with LED Lighting

u/Psychamele0n · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

This Aquarium for my turtles that are getting bigger and bigger!

u/ignitexlove · 1 pointr/bettafish



Hammock (optional, I have one for all 3 of my betta, it gives them a nice spot near the surface for resting, I think it would be a nice pick-me-up for a sick betta)

This tank is cheap and I cannot recommend it enough. I got it because a friend had it and I saw how awesome it is. My only suggestion is to move the tube with the filter toward the edge of the tank, as it is kind of obstructive in the middle and you really don't need the little prop thing it comes with.

My setup with all of the above, including the filter modification. Comes in about $20 under budget too, which id suggest spending on a first aid kit. You never know when your fish could get sick, and it is much better to have everything you need on hand than have to make an emergency pet supply run.

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/I_Cant_Math · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Hell yes I wanna help!

String fairy lights.

A cool hanging lantern.

A corner shelf cause you can never find anything to put in the damn corner!

A little friend to keep you company.

Some snazzy rope lights (we have them in the bedroom. very cool).

Ceiling stars because screw you there awesome.

Don't act like you wouldn't want one.

And this so you can talk on the telephone while lying in bed.

And this so you can blow dry your hair while you talk on the telephone.

u/acciocorinne · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

Gah I can't pick just one! I have so many cool things on my wishlist, so I'll give you a couple of options for coolest things :P How about an ice tray that makes Death Star shaped ice? Or a fish bowl you can mount on the wall? Or a hedgehog shaped cheese grater? All of these things are under $15!

u/pixelationnation · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon
  1. I recommend this toaster from personal experience but unfortunately it's $60. :/ My mom has this toaster and swears by it, and it's only $40 though!

  2. As for stuff to hang... Ive got a lot of ideas because Ive been looking for me too!!! i love really interesting pieces like this and this. these are really cheap and popular around here (i think theyd be super adorable on the fridge!) I had chalkboard in my old office/kitchen and I loved it. This is kind of silly but Ive always wanted one, haha. You'll probably need a clock, too.

    ...sorry if i put too many. I love looking at this stuff. If thats cheating, feel free to only count the first haha

  3. Hard to pick an item without knowing price range! Haha
u/Ralierwe · 1 pointr/Aquariums

Heavily planted tank, Walstad kind, and low bioload seems to be the key. But I'm on opposite side of that, a lot of maintenance tanks, by choice, for the sake of specific inhabitants, so no personal experience with easy to keep tanks.

But check everything with common sense before starting:

  • If fish, it could get sick and need treatment, possibly in hospital tank. Medications could kill biofilter, so you have to keep backup separately.

  • Filtration is what collects waste from water, but not removes it from the tank. You have to do that. Then all of this has to be removed from tank, or it will decompose in filter and pollute tank water. This is the only alternative to Walstad method that I know.

  • Overhead filter is good, but as any filter it has to be kept clean, you do the cleaning.

  • Water changes, 10-15 min kind: try to emulate the whole procedure by yourself before starting with tank, and time it, from lifting yourself form the arm chair and sitting in it again :) You will see.

  • Self balanced tank idea in general: it could become so, but you have to set this balance by setup, kind of plants, kind of lights and photoperiod. And restore the balance when things get out of control, this could happen anytime.

  • Fish, even the same species, could get aggressive on each other, extremely ugly situation, was in it before and wowed never again.

  • Snails are poo factories and most of them reproduce fast and need to be caught and removed.


    EcoSphere and how to keep it seems to be the closest in maintenance to what you are looking for, but some call them death cells, so it's your call.

    My version: anything with living creatures in water requires a lot of maintenance. I would say get a dog or cat :) they take care of themselves, with occasional maintenance, but vets are very expensive.
u/Notagtipsy · 1 pointr/atheism

This would make a nice gift. If you don't like that, then just about anything else from the same website would be nice. It's all sciency and fun, so I'm sure he'd enjoy it.

u/fanboat · 1 pointr/funny

Species fall into niches and develop ecological status-quos though, which I think is what most ecological worry is about. It is very interesting though to realize that the system isn't self-contained. I like those ecosphere things, but I always found them a little misleading. They seem to represent a self-contained system, a circle of life that is a complex perpetual motion machine, but in reality it only works because of a constant influx of energy.

As far as conservation goes, I don't know if I would have cared if I got to see do-dos, but I'd feel like a dick if I deprived future generations of some of the cool stuff this planet has to offer. I'd feel worse if I contributed toward the particular undoing of humanity.

u/thriftymargo · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon
u/JedNascar · 1 pointr/santashelpers

You could always get him a Self Contained Ecosystem. I've heard good things about those.

Or on the cheaper side: A live pet moss ball in a jar.

u/Announceman · 1 pointr/INEEEEDIT
u/SilentCastHD · 1 pointr/askscience

I think it is hard to say, but I found this And it says it will live for around 2 to 3 years.

I don't know why it will die off, if it's the water, the shrimp population or the plant, but I find it fascinating that this is possible at all.

But this is a very basic ecosystem with a basic lifeform with very basic sustenance.

u/Chef_Brokentoe · 1 pointr/AskReddit
u/Averyce · 1 pointr/Random_Acts_Of_Amazon

I would pamper myself with this Ecosphere. I think it would be so relaxing to look at! Plus the whole idea of the thing is just cool.

Your jewelry is AMAZING!!!! The things I would do for that birds nest necklace... lol Thank you so much for the chance to win some!! Im super excited!

If I got Kitten mittens for my cat, I think she would murder me in my sleep. They would be so darn cute


u/outofband · 1 pointr/italy

Ogni animale ha i suoi pro e contro, a meno di non prendere questo

u/Brolom · 1 pointr/NatureIsFuckingLit
u/Fairymilk · 1 pointr/Aquariums

The lid will rattle if its not on right but the only thing I hear is the water pouring if my water level is low, Its an Aqueon from petco just the typical one w/ black rims wish I would of went w/ something like this tho I hate the rims ): But i love my 2.7 rimless its so sleek its all just preference

u/fraudulentecon · 1 pointr/PlantedTank

Picked it up at meijer (less shitty Walmart in some parts of the m8dwest). I've seen that it's a penn Plax model.

This one has a LED included.

My main gripe is that the lid mechanism is really shoddy. It's a thin plexiglass lid with flimsy plastic hinge things (oh which mine broke with hardly any effort). I just got a super sturdy piece of 250x plexiglass to rest on top of it to prevent my cat from being crazy. My light can safely rest on top of that and it's almost perfectly clear. 2 bucks because the guy at lowes cut it from a scrap piece and gave me a written discount.

Otherwise the tank looks great and I'm super excited to set it up!

u/ProudPappy · 1 pointr/bettafish

Looking to buy my sons and I our first Betta fish. They are 9 and 3 and I think it is something that we can enjoy together while teaching them some responsibility and work ethic in the process. Not looking to spend an arm and a leg, but would like the nicest setup available for $100 or less (including filter system and heater). I've linked a couple of aquariums below, but feel free to steer me in the direction of some others and/or better deals/quality. We are limited on space, so I won't be able to do anything more than a 5g tank. I've never owned fish, so I'm a complete noob here. Any and all help is appreciated!!!

Tetra 29095 Cube Aquarium Kit, 3-Gallon

Penn Plax Curved Corner Glass Aquarium Kit

u/NeuroendocrineDrug · 1 pointr/Aquariums
u/Surrealle01 · 1 pointr/bettafish

Penn plax makes nice rimless nano tanks for under $100. Check them out on Amazon.

Edit: Like this: Penn Plax Curved Corner Glass Aquarium Kit, Filter, LED Light, Float Glass For Maximum Viewing

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/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/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/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/kananjarrus · 1 pointr/PlantedTank

My gf has it in her tank using the lighting it came with which is three crappy LEDs. I mean they're bright but not like my Nicrew over the tank LED setup (which is also $20 and fantastic if you need lighting).

Gave her maybe a 4" cutting from my 5.5 gallon walstad and it branched out already and is probably 6-7" tall after a few weeks. No ferts, just one betta to shit in it for nutrients.

u/queendraconis · 1 pointr/bettafish

I just bought a 2 gallon tank with a filter but do I get real plants or fake? And she has marbles at the bottom but are marbles safe and clean?

Also, she only gave him 2-3 little Betta fish pellets a day. Is there something healthier I can give him?

u/Jaze555 · 1 pointr/Aquariums

This is the sponge filter I currently have - SPonge

This is what I was looking to get (not at all sure) - FIlter

I forgot the exact name of the catfish but I believe they are Panda Catfish - or look very similar. This is 1 the other one look exactly the same but about half again as big.


I hve 2 air pumps. 1 came with the 3 gallon tank set up I got on Amazon - see Here (just realized its a 3 gallon not a 5)

And then I purchased an air pump - Pump

And maybe I got the name wrong for the glofish, the pet store I could swore said neon tetra on the tank but I have those and definitely not that - .EDIT- You can see them better in the OP picture if you click on it. Reason I ask is because my Betta was going after them the first day and they seemed SUPER chill. I haven't seen them try to nip at anything so far. Although its been 3 days. Also the catfish was in the tank w them so I figured they would get a long.


OK so the guy in the petstore told me i can have up to 20 fish in the 10 gallon. It's a private store not petco or petsmart/petland etc. Is that not the case then? I don't want to crowd my tank I was just planning on getting 2 more colors of the "Glofish" and that was probably going to be it.



u/Cool_Enough_Username · 1 pointr/PlantedTank

I much prefer glass tanks, personally. I feel they hold up better and are less prone to scratches. Here's one that's a bit smaller but a good price:

Tetra 29095 Cube Aquarium Kit, 3-Gallon

Also, with a square tank you'll have more of a footprint for plants and decorations etc.

Just my two cents. :) hope this helps!

Edit: try your LFS, too. I know mine sells 5 gallon cubes for around $25.

u/Aviatrix_One · 1 pointr/PlantedTank

Hi! Thank you so much for sharing Jarrariums. I checked it out and it has tons of ideas and useful info. I'm not familiar with some of the terms you mentioned: spec, mods and spray bar. Forgive my ignorance, but I would love to learn so I can keep shrimp happy!

You can check the aquarium that I bought here

Thank you for all your help!

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/a_nicole · 1 pointr/bettafish

I’ll definitely look into that! I currently have him in this tank but might need something a bit bigger as he grows as well.

u/Ekyou · 1 pointr/Aquariums

Do you think you could sneak in a 3 gallon?

I kept a betta in this tank with some success. The filter it comes with unfortunately has a high failure rate, but it worked well while it worked, and you can always upgrade to a better one.

Alternatively, if you can get a filter to fit the 2.5 gallon, it would make a huge difference for a fish in terms of water quality. It's just that most filters are probably going to be too bulky for that small a tank and too quick of a flow for betta or other small fish. Maybe a sponge filter? I've never used one before but I've heard them recommended a lot for smaller betta tanks.

u/Lord_Jizz · 1 pointr/Aquariums

Hey I'm looking to get started. I came across two Betta fish from a friend. Awful condition. Tiny tank, no filter, no heat, no light. I'm planning to give one away and buy a tank on Amazon.

Sorry in advance. I'm on my phone. I'm a teenager so money isn't exactly infinite. I was wondering if this was a good deal of not. Tips and advice would be nice too.

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/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/skittles_rainbows · 1 pointr/Teachers

You change it? My idea of changing mine is going to be putting campers instead of tents midyear. And changing the animals every month. That's change. Right?

I so want to get something like this for the classroom. Gotta see if any of my kids will murder fish first.

u/poopfacekillah · 1 pointr/bettafish

3 gallons. It's a really neat starter aquaponics kit, I highly recommend it if you want to get into aquaculture but are on a budget/have no idea what you're doing, lol.

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/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/AcetylenePotatoGun · 1 pointr/Aquariums

It is actually one of these:

u/bunnyears · 1 pointr/Aquariums

I recently got a "Back to the Roots Water Garden" (link) from a friend! I don't plan on putting a betta in there - I'm thinking some RCS and/or a big snail. I already put in a small sponge filter from another tank, so that should be able to maintain a real cycle instead of relying on the plants/aquaponics to keep the water parameters on track.

Does any one have this tank? I'm interested in using the top planting portion to grow cuttings from my garden, but I'm worried it will not receive enough light. If I move it closer to a window, I'm concerned about temperature fluctuations and algae blooms. Any tips? I haven't added a heater yet, but I should be able to fit one in.

u/JosVermeulen · 1 pointr/bettafish

Amazon links with referrals aren't allowed. Please use a clean link like

If you change your link we'll allow the comment again.

u/x_VorTeeX · 1 pointr/ReefTank

is this the fluval you where talking about? when i got this right i need a skimmer and a heater and it should be ready to go

u/AsthmaticAudino · 1 pointr/ReefTank
u/bladav1 · 1 pointr/ReefTank

Under $200 I’d say although I live in the UK so I don’t know exact kit prices in the US. If your not bothered by coral then you can light it with anything. You could look at getting kit second hand or look at an all in one system like this:

Fluval Nano

u/Turbobaker4 · 1 pointr/ReefTank

I'd look for a used AIO setup like a BioCube 29 or 32. There might be some black friday deals on new setups. This Fluval setup is cheap for a small tank, but don't expect to do much with it until you upgrade everything.

u/GimePizzaOrGimeDeath · 1 pointr/ReefTank

If you want to keep it simple, you could run a fluval Evo 13.5 gallon.

It includes a light that will grow most soft corals and a few easy lps. Comes with a return pump and some filter media.

That would be about $160

You should easily be able to find about 15 lbs of base rock or cured live rock for a decent price. $50

If you want substrate, Caribsea fiji pink will work. A 20lb bag is dirt cheap on Amazon. 20

Here's a Reef 2 Reef thread with people showing off their Evo 13.5s to give you an idea of what they look like. There are also some fancier ones that I've seen on instragram that will blow your mind.

Heater. 20

That puts you at around $230. Clowns are about $20 at your lfs, so let's say $40

$290 total. You can do it for cheaper or much much more if you choose. I used to own this tank and I loved it. You can modify it quite a bit if you want. I added a protein skimmer, media basket, media filter, and a new light to mine.

u/Red1117 · 1 pointr/Aquariums

Fluval Sea EVO 13.5 Gallon

Hello I am trying to find out if this tank would be suitable for a freshwater setup, I'm pretty new to this I only have one small 5 gallon tank currently. I basically can get the entire setup tank from a friend for dirt cheap(new in box). From my research all I can tell is that it is the light that makes it a salt water setup because it is brighter and more suitable for growing corals.

Can anyone give me some insight into whether or not this tank will work for a freshwater setup? Possibly with smoke corys or a school of Tiger Barbs.


u/mmarin5193 · 1 pointr/Aquariums

Hey there /r/Aquariums,

I used to have a great planted tank a few years ago, I ended up moving across country and sold the tank.
I am looking to potentially buy a new one now, I loved Fluval's tank designs, they look super clean.

This tank that I found states that its for salt water only, and I can't figure out why it wouldn't be suitable for freshwater as well. (Someone asked the same question in the Amazon question area, and the seller simply responded with "no")

Am I missing something here?
The tank in question:

u/CpowOfficial · -2 pointsr/NatureIsFuckingLit

EcoSphere Closed Aquatic Ecosystem, Small Sphere

Seems that they are $60 for a small but there is cheaper options

u/Superpilotdude · -8 pointsr/answers

There’s a teacher who keeps a beta fish in her classroom on the desk.

You can’t go wrong with gold fish. They are probably the easiest fish to care for.

If you’re looking for zero maintenance might I suggest an eco sphere. There are several on amazon. They don’t require feeding or anything but sunshine. Fluorescent offices lights will be fine. I’ve had one for almost 3 years, I like it.
EcoSphere Small Sphere

u/Kakashi09ize · -12 pointsr/Aquariums

I hear bettas are a good fish for fish bowl, dosent even have to be a fish bowl get one of those small aquarium at wal-mart or so like these, these still give the ecosystem as a big fish tank compressed 10x small and tidy.