Bettas are the perfect starter fish for beginners. Because they are so easy to take care of, many beginners will assume that fishbowls, mini fish tanks, and novelty fish tanks are ok for Bettas to live in. However, this is untrue.
Bettas thrive in tanks that are at least 10 gallons and larger because they have plenty of space and open water to swim around. Because of their aggressive natures, people tend to keep them in tanks by themselves, which is another reason people keep Bettas in small tanks.
This guide will teach you everything you need to know about fish tanks and review some of the more popular betta tanks available on the market today.
Everything You Need to Know When Choosing a Betta Fish Tank
Some of the factors to take into consideration when looking for a fish tank will be:
- Buy a filter and Fluval water heater to go along with the tank.
- Provide plenty of hiding spots with rocks, caves, and live plants such as Java Fern and Java Moss.
- Do not choose a substrate that has hard or sharp edges that can damage your Betta’s fins. Instead, choose fine gravel or sand.
- Break down a new tank’s nitrites and ammonia and establish the right kind of bacteria in the tank by completing a full cycle before adding any fish.
Appropriate Tank Sizes for Bettas
There is a misconception about keeping Bettas in small novelty tanks less than 5 gallons. This misconception probably originated from people believing that because Bettas originated from the shallow streams and rice paddies of Asia, they would be suitable for the small novelty tanks.
Although their native waters were shallow, they were extensive. This allowed them plenty of room to swim around and travel. It is not humane to put Bettas, or any fish for that matter, in anything smaller than a 5-gallon tank.
With the smaller tanks, it can be challenging to maintain stable water parameters. Because there’s not much water in the tank, ammonia spikes are common, and when they happen, they can happen very quickly.
Tanks that are larger than 5 gallons will give your Bettas more space to swim around in, which is more pleasing for you to watch. In small novelty tanks, Bettas can’t swim around, which isn’t very visually stimulating for you.
If you are only keeping one Betta, a 10-gallon tank will be the perfect size for your Betta. Not only will the water parameters remain more stable, but it will not need as much maintenance as a smaller tank would. The larger tank also gives them plenty of room to swim around.
There are many different Betta species, in which all of them require at least a 5-gallon tank. However, there are some species that will require a larger tank, so you will want to do your homework on the species you wish to keep.
You might also be interested in: Types of Betta Fish – By Tail, Pattern and Color
The Need for a Tank Filter
Another common misconception concerns the acceptable water conditions in which Bettas can live. Many people believe that because Betta’s lived in shallow waters, they are conditioned to live in dirty water. But this is far from the truth.
The Betta’s native environment contains various plants and organisms which create large biodiverse ecosystems. These plants and organisms keep the water naturally oxygenated and cleaned.
In their native environment, Bettas can jump from small bodies of water to larger bodies of water. Because Bettas are labyrinth fish and can breathe oxygen from the air, they are able to do this.
People wrongly assume that their tank size doesn’t matter because of their ability to breathe oxygen from the air. However, any time they are forced to take oxygen from the air, it should only be a temporary situation for them.
Although Bettas are able to survive in small puddles, it is mistaken for people to believe they will do well in small bowls and cups. Bettas that are kept in small containers will not thrive, they will possibly get sick, and they definitely will not live for very long.
A filter will provide the oxygen-rich environment your Bettas need in order to thrive. Although we don’t recommend it, if you chose to go filterless, you would need to perform a 40% partial water change every three days to keep the water clean and the water parameters healthy.
Another thing you might need to consider when using a filter, you may need to use a pre-filter, such as a sponge over the outlet, to keep the water flow from becoming too harsh.
The Need for a Tank Heater
In their natural habitat, Bettas live in the warm waters of Cambodia and Thailand. Because of this, they will thrive in tank water above 76°F. In order to maintain water temperatures above 76°F, you will need to install a heater in the tank. Unless, of course, you live in an area of the world where the climate is warm year-round and your fish tank will stay at a constant temperature about 76°F.
Install a thermometer opposite of the heater, at the other end of the tank. With the use of the thermometer, you will be able to ensure the tank’s water remains at the proper temperature throughout the tank.
Reviews Of The 7 Best Betta Fish Tanks Available
1. The Best Aquarium Starter Kit: Aqueon Aquarium Fish Tank
You can buy the Aqueon Starter Kit in either a 10-gallon tank or a 20-gallon tank. Everything a beginner needs is included in the Aqueon Starter Kit, making it the perfect setup for a beginner.
Included in the starter kit are:
- Complete easy to follow instructions
- Glass aquarium with LED lights in the hood
- Fish food
- Heater, preset and submersible, shatter-resistant with auto safety shut-off
- Water conditioner
- Filter with an LED light that flashes when the cartridge is ready to be changed
The Aqueon Starter Kit is the perfect, no-fail setup for the beginner aquarist all in one complete set. All you need to do is add the Betta, substrate, and decorations.
Tank Dimensions: 20.25 x 10.5 x 12.5 inches.
- Easy to assemble
- Perfect starter kit for beginners
- Small feeding door in the lid
- Complete kit includes everything you need
- Does not have hinges
- Cleaning is challenging
- Low lighting
- The filter is noisy
2. Marina LED Aquarium Kit
The Marina LED Aquarium Kit is the perfect setup for beginners and pro aquarists alike. This complete kit includes everything you need to get your aquarium started:
- Marina Slim S10 clip-on filter with quick-change filter cartridges promotes biological filtration, traps floating debris, removes pollutants, discolorations, odors, and toxic ammonia.
- Long-lasting, natural daylight effect LED lighting module is seamlessly incorporated into the aquarium canopy for an unobstructed view of your aquarium. The LED lighting enhances fish and plant colors and is perfect for low light plants.
- Fluval Max fish food to keep your fish healthy and happy.
- Fluval Aqua Plus Water Conditioner to make tap water safe for fish.
- Fluval Cycle Biological Supplement to create a biologically safe environment.
- Aquarium environment Fish net, made from fine soft mesh to protect delicate fins.
- Aquarium Care Guide that includes advice on how to set up and maintain your aquarium.
All you need to do is add the fish!
Tank Dimensions: 20″ L x 10″ W x 12.5″ H
- Filter is quiet
- Double boxed for safe shipping
- Filters are inexpensive
- Does not come with a heater
- The LED light does not have a nightlight setting
- Side pieces are refective, could cause your Betta to want to fight his reflection.
3. GloFish Aquarium Kit Fish Tank with LED Lighting and Filtration Included
For a complete aquarium starter kit, the GloFish Aquarium comes with a great starter price for everything that is included:
- Glass tank
- Comes with curved corners
- Tetra hidden filtration
- Adjustable flow filter pump
The GloFish aquarium kit comes with optimized blue LED lighting to make your fluorescent fish shine! The hinged LED lighting cycles through four modes:
- Sunlight mode
- Twilight mode
- Moonlight mode
- Midnight mode
Package Dimensions : 19.3 x 14.1 x 13.5 inches; 16 Pounds
- It takes up less space than longer tanks
- It cycles through four lighting modes
- Filter is quiet and easy to replace
- Sturdy base
- Easy to clean
- Easy to setup
- Self-contained filter is a pain to prime
- Filter is noisy
- INCLUDES ALL THE ESSENTIALS: This 5 gallon kit includes a curved-corner, glass tank, Tetra Hidden Filtration with an adjustable flow filter pump, GloFish Cycle Light with four modes.
4. Fluval Spec V Aquarium Kit
This sleek, contemporary tank features an overhanging light system. It also comes with an efficient filter and pump included in the aquarium kit. With the aluminum trim around the edges giving this glass tank a stylish look, it’s perfect for home or the office.
Sporting 37 LED lights, the overhanging light system lights up the tank perfectly, highlighting your fish’s coloring to the best advantage. The circulation pump is adjustable and powerful. It also comes with a three-stage filter that has a foam block with biomax rings and activated carbon, which ensures the filtration system is effective mechanically, chemically, and biologically.
If the flow that is created by the filter is too powerful for your Betta, you could try using a pre-filter sponge to help reduce the water flow.
Dimensions: 17.2 x 10.6 x 6.3 inches
- The sleek, narrow, contemporary design fits well on smaller surfaces.
- Quiet pump.
- Excellent lighting
- Easy to maintain and clean
- The filter has a separate compartment
- Water flow might be too powerful for some Bettas
- No ideal place to put the heater
- Have to remove the light bar when performing maintenance work
- Lights may not be strong enough for most plants
5. Aqueon 10 Gallon Black Aquarium
Although this is the least expensive option in our review, you will need to take into consideration that this is not a kit. You will need to either buy or add your own equipment to this tank. You will need to add a lid, heater, lights, and filter.
If you are looking for a simple, but quality aquarium, this glass aquarium is perfect for you. Especially if you already own all the equipment you will need to add to this particular aquarium. Or, perhaps, you have a specific brand in mind for the filter, pump, lights, etc. and you want to customize your tank.
Dimensions: 20.25 x 10.5 x 12.5
- Simple shape
- Sturdy, quality tank
- Customize by adding your own equipment
- Perfect option for a quarantine tank.
- Lid not included
You will need to buy heater, filter, lights, etc.
6. Fluval Flex 57 – 15 Gallon Nano Glass Aquarium Kit
This aquarium kit comes complete with everything you need for the large 15-gallon tank, perfect size for your Bettas. This kit invludes a sturdy 3-stage filter that efficiently cleans the water through biological, chemical, and mechanical media.
The unique and striking curved front has a contemporary feel to it and contrasts pleasingly with the straight sides. Included in the kit is the LED lighting and remote control, making it convenient to increase and decrease the lighting when needed. There are also cool lighting effects, such as a lightning effect and a faded cloud effect.
This high-quality tank comes with a few innovative extras that you will appreciate, such as a grid pattern along the top of the tank that reduces the water line’s visibility.
Dimensions: 16 x 15 x 15 inches
- Striking design with a curved front wall
- 15-gallon capacity gives your Bettas plenty of space to swim around and play
- The wires can be stored and hidden behind the tank
- Includes ample space for adding additional filtration or heater
- Several cool lighting effects to choose from
- The hood might be flimsy
- The back of the black plastic shows scratches
- Boring black background
- Filtration creates a strong current
- The 15 gallon Fluval Flex Freshwater Kit is one of very few freshwater aquarium kits to incorporate brilliant illumination and multistage filtration with convenient aquarium features and contemporary...
7. Life 15 Aquarium with LED Light
This is by far the most expensive aquarium on the list. If you are into luxury contemporary, this is the perfect indulgence for you. It comes in several different sizes to meet your needs.
Made from acrylic rather than glass, it is 10x stronger than glass, plus it’s 50% lighter. The contemporary design includes a molecularly bonded, visually seamless aquarium. Acrylic also has a 93% transparency rating.
This kit includes a genuine five-stage filtration system: Oxygenation, water stabilization, chemical, mechanical, and biological.
This aquarium kit includes:
- Acrylic Aquarium
- biOrb 12V Transformer
- biOrb Air Pump
- 2 pounds / 900 grams ceramic media
- Filter cartridge
- 5 ml Water Conditioner
- 5 ml Beneficial Bacteria liquid
- Intelligent LED Light unit
Dimensions: 7 x 10.5 x 15.75 inches; 11.7 Pounds
- Low voltage, 12v transformer
- LED lighting – long lasting and low voltage
- Comes in 4, 8, 12, and 16 gallons
- It’s pricey
- Filtration system does not handle tannins well
- You have to remove the top of the aquarium to feed the fish
- Challenging to set up
Bettas are majestic and beautiful fish that come in a wide range of patterns and colors. You have learned that Bettas do NOT do well in small tanks and bowl that are less than 5 gallons. Instead, they prefer lots of room to swim, play, and hide in.
Hopefully, this review has helped you choose a suitable tank that will make both you and your Bettas happy, whether it’s one of the aquarium kits or just the tank.
There are several to choose from. One is perfect for you that will fit your budget perfectly but will also look good in your space. If you already have your own equipment, or you’ve done your research and you know the best heater, pump, and filtration system you’d like to buy, then we recommend buying just the Aqueon 10 Gallon Black Aquarium. This will allow you to customize the tank any way you want.
However, if you want an all-inclusive aquarium kit, we recommend The Best Aquarium Starter Kit: Aqueon Aquarium Fish Tank. Everything you need is included in the kit. All you need to add is the fish.
If you prefer the luxurious and contemporary look, and don’t mind the price tag, then the Life 15 Aquarium with LED Light is perfect for you. This aquarium kit comes with everything you need to set up your tank. The rich, sleek design will have your friends and family mesmerized.
We hope that this review leads you to find the perfect tank that fits your budget, your space, and your fish.