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Default Buying a new tank

I'm possibly going to buy my mom a new tank for her upcoming birthday. I found this simple 5 gallon tank. Please tell me what you think because i wasn't sure if it was a good buy.

My mom only wants a Betta in there so i thought that 5 gallon was adequate room for a nice male Betta.

http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...ductId=2754539

The tank is probably going to end up on a nightstand. I wish i could've gotten a 10 gallon but she doesn't want anything bigger than 5 gallons.

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These aren't a bad value. It will need a heater.

The only downsides I see to these is the fact that they are acrylic and scratch easier than glass, and water changes are a little tougher as it is hard to only syphon 1/2 gallon out and still get the stuff sucked up that needs to be sucked up.

Solution to the water change is to put 1/2 gallon in a pitcher or other container, sypon your water into another container to save until the tank is filled back up. Pour the 1/2 gallon new water in the tank then pour the used water into the pitcher using cheese cloth or a nylon stocking as a filter so that you don't pour any particles (uneaten food, algae, etc.. ) you removed back into the tank and pour the pitcher of filtered used water into the tank [repeat until desired water level is achieved].

I have problems sometimes with the 10 gallon tanks when I over syphon and use the above method.



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I have no problem with the heater, i have a few extra in my home. What i do with the water change is just add some distilled water that i put out for 24 hours and then pour it into the tank. I don't really work that hard for my water readings, except only for my 20 gallon which is doing fine. The scratches wont be a problem either because there wont be much activity near the tank or with the water changes (I think all of my tanks are acrylic and they're all in great condition [other than the pond] considering i had them for almost a year now).

Thank you for the advice though! Much appreciated.
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Outside Pond: empty for the winter
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Do everything the same as you do for the 20 gallon.......Good to see you are back.
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Thanks Dano , much appreciated. I'll still take readings and try to make the readings as best as possible.
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