You are just gonna love these spiffy betta fish tank setup ideas! We did our best to find examples and great betta fish decorating ideas for pet fish enthusiasts of all persuasions. So if you're a lover of aquariums aquascaped to the Nth degree, modern minimalist fish tanks tricked out with only the bare essentials or somewhere in between you're going to want to peek down below.
Gone are the days of the tiny "betta bowls" and good riddance. Those are NOT HEALTHY FOR YOUR FISH! Therefore you will not find any of those ridiculously small containers (we won't glorify them by calling them tanks) here. And we urge you to run away from any aquarium smaller than one gallon as fast as you can. Now that we've gotten that out of the way, let's look at some betta fish tank setup ideas!
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Betta Fish Tank Setup Ideas
These small fish tanks are the closest we think it's healthy to get to the typical "betta bowl". Each is at least one gallon and most are a bit larger This gives your pet fish a good deal of room to "spread his fins" but still keeps the to a "desktop fish tank" size. As you can see there's still plenty of room for aquatic plants to make your Siamese fighting fish feel right at home.
Did you know that you can get really large Betta Bowls? The biggest is 28 Gallons! Check them out here.
Don't you just love the look of a brandy snifter fish bowl? We managed to find two that are of sufficient size for you. One holds 1.2 gallons and the other almost 2 gallons. And to keep your special fish cozy all year long the little betta bowl heater will work just fine in either tank.
Tetra LED Half Moon Betta Aquarium, 1.1-GallonPenn Plax Vertex Aquarium Kit for Fish and Shrimp With Filter, Thermometer, Desktop Size 2.7 GallonTetra 29008 Waterfall Globe Aquarium
Giant Snifter, Ball Vase Large of Clear Glass with Foot Table Decoration Height 24 Cm Volume 4,7 Litre Oberstdorfer GlashütteBettatherm Mini Size Betta Bowl HeaterGiant Snifter Oversized Decoratable Clear Glass Cognac Snifter Table Decoration Volume 7 Litre Height 28 Cm Oberstdorfer Glashütte
Best Betta Fish Tank Setup
Of course the best betta fish tank setup is the biggest aquarium your space and budget allows for and these days that's probably more then you think. Honestly, both you and your pet fish will be glad you sprung for a spacious tank because once you get started you'll want to keep adding cool things for him to explore and hide in. Check out some of the best selling aquarium kits right here!
PRO TIP: The Betta fish you love today have been bred from fish original living in the slow moving shallow rice paddies of Thailand that can stretch for miles on end and reach temperatures of 104 degrees! Do you think they'd be happy to live in an unheated mason jar on your coffee table? DOAH! No they can't thrive there. Please, give your Betta fish the room and heat he needs to thrive.
Tetra 29095 Cube Aquarium Kit, 3-GallonTetra 29041 Half Moon Bubbler, 3-GallonFluval Spec III Aquarium Kit, 2.6-Gallon, Black
Betta Fish Tank Setups With Plants
Odds are pretty good if you've been looking for inspiration for your Betta fish tank over on Pinterest you've seen this image. It's everywhere! But did you know what aquatic plants were used to get this effect? Floating on top is Baby's tears. Planted around the Buddha you'll find Golden Creeping Jenny, Anubias (Barteri) and Anubias (Nana).
Betta fish tank setups with plants are the gold standard of fish tank design. Whether you are doing a one gallon minimalist fish tank or a full on 55 gallon aquascaped masterpiece you really should include at least a few live plants into your setup. Here's why...
- Aquarium plants are pretty
- Aquarium plants give your pet fish somewhere to hide out and feel safe
- Aquarium plants help keep your tank healthy (gobbling up the fish waste and pumping oxygen into the tank water).
- Aquarium plants in your tank make you look like a PRO! (honest, your friends will be AMAZED at your skill)
You may be surprised to know you can get all kinds of live aquarium plants from Amazon! And they are often on sale. In fact about half the plants we listed below were on sale while we were writing this post. Head on over here to see which ones are on sale today!
Yup, they make it super easy for someone like you who wants to put together a Betta fish tank setup with plants. And the prices are really good too. We're pretty sure it's because the middle men are cut right out so instead of them shipping the plants to your local fish shop they ship them, and the savings straight to you.
Luffy Coco Mini Moss15 Live Aquarium Plants / 7 Different Kinds - Amazon Sword, Java Fern, Egeria and much more! Great plant sampler for 4-5 gal. mini- tanks!Potted Tall Hairgrass - Easy Aquatic Live Plant4 LUFFY Marimo Moss Balls - Aesthetically Beautiful & Create Healthy Environment - Eco-Friendly, Low Maintenance & Curbs Algae Growth - Shrimps & Snails Love Them25+ stems / 6 species Live Aquarium Plants Package - Anacharis, Amazon and more!Decorative Luffy Aquatic Moss Wall/Floor Mesh Kit - Create a Lush Living Plant Moss Wall or Moss Carpet for your Fish Tank (Plant Not Included): Includes 2 Mesh pieces, 10 Cable Ties & 5 Suction Cups
Betta Fish Tank Decoration Ideas
So, the sky's the limit when it comes to Betta fish tank decoration ideas. Keeping with a natural theme is always a winner. Just toss in some pea gravel, river rocks and a few live plants and before you know it you'll look like an aquarium decorating guru!
However you're not limited to a natural look for your Betta tank. You can literally build a tank around any theme your imagination can come up with. We've seen Spongebob fish tanks that will blow your mind, sunken cities that dazzle, and even Nemo's Mt. Wannahockaloogie. And if you're into sunken ship fish thank decorations we really hit the jackpot for you. There's everything from the traditional sunken pirate ship to an undersea air craft carrier and a downed WWII airplane for your Betta tank. Take a look at what we found right here!
Penn-Plax Sitting Buddha Aquarium DecorPenn-Plax Standing Buddha Aquarium Decoration 10-inchMini Buddha Head Ornament Deco ReplicaOMEM Fish Tank Decorations Ganesh Buddha Statue Aquarium OrnamentsPenn-Plax Buddha Head Fish Tank Decoration OrnamentThai Buddha Meditating Peace Harmony Statue, Beautiful 8
Betta Fish 5 Gallon Tank Setup & Decorating Ideas
A Betta fish 5 gallon tank setup is the ultimate desk fish tank because it's still small enough to fit next to you happily on your desk top without taking up so much room you don't have space to work. We also love this size aquarium for kitchen counters and side tables. A five gallon aquarium is large enough to do some aquascaping in and small enough that water changes are easily managed with one bucket trip.
BONUS! Lots of folks make 5 gallon aquarium kits that come with pretty much everything you need to for your Betta fish tank setup. See which ones Amazon has on sale right here.
Don't you love the ultra modern look of this square 5 gallon tank? And the aquascaping is simple but stunningly effective, don't you think? As betta fish decorating ideas go, we just adore the different textures and colors of both the rocks and the aquarium plants. A completely different look from the 5 gallon tank above.
Wanna see more stuff like this? Check out our post on "Modern Contemporary Fish Tanks With Big Style".
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Betta Fish 10 Gallon Tank Setup
If you have the room for a 10 gallon Betta fish tank setup you can get started with ease because there are quite a few more or less "standard" kits available that come with everything you need to get your aquarium up and going. See which 10 gallon aquarium kits are on sale right here.
Did you know you can even get a 10 gallon fish bowl for your Betta?
You could still make it more of a single fish tank and focus heavily on your aquatic plants. The riverbed theme tank above does this. Don't you just love the large pebbles on the bottom of that tank? You probably wouldn't even need any aquascaping tools to take care of it.
But the real reason you want a 10 gallon aquarium for your Betta fish is so he can have a bunch of tank mates. Am I right? Just be sure not to over stock your tank. Here's a really good guide to how many fish you can keep in your 10 gallon Betta tank or any fish tank for that matter.
We know the next question is about Betta fish tank mates. Right? You want to know what kind of fish will get along with your beautiful Betta and won't nip his fins. Luckily for you there are LOTS of tropical fish that meet this description including the Neon Tetra's and Danios pictured above. We recommend you get yourself a good book on tropical fish and read up on the different kinds of community fish to find ones you like.
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