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Best stocking options for 4 gallon

Best stocking options for 4 gallon

wetThumbs

It depends on the shape of the tank. A betta would do fine in a long one, but a tall one would be cramped. People get all hung up on "5 gallons", but I can assure you that gallon difference isn't a line between suffering and thriving, and a long 4 gallon would be more suitable than a tall 5.


millibugs

Shrimp, a snail.


Midwest-bound

I second this there are some gorgeous shrimps out there


Vegetable-Guitar-249

Get a betta


nofeelings14

No bettas need 5 gallon or more


Vegetable-Guitar-249

A a 1 gallon difference isnt going to change anything. Many people have lots of decor in their betta tanks that can take up more than a gallon of room out of a 5 gallon tank.


nofeelings14

Still makes a difference of you have less with 5 gallon there's even less in a 4


chadthecrawdad

So it’s not equal ?


nofeelings14

I'd say no. It's kinda like would you like to live in a 10ft×10ft room you're whole life and be happy. I have my betta in a 20 gallon. Happy as she can be.


MLNLg

IMO, putting a betta in anything larger than 2 gallons is a blessing on that poor little fish. You definitely save him from a .5 gallon that most people get.


Midwest-bound

This is a good thought but what if I wanted that betta ( I have a 75 gal sorority tank) now its in a 4 gal tank instead of mine so he/she is not doing that betta any favors


MLNLg

So... 1) that would be a female betta and the people buying those are a different population than the ones buying males the majority of the time. 2) we don't live in an ideal world. Not every betta is going to get a roomy big tank. I'll pick a 2 gallon over a .5 gallon any day for one and can upsale to the 2 gallon easier than a 10 gallon. I definitely provide it as an option, but let's face it- the vast majority of those going for bettas aren't willing to spend $75 on a good setup kit.


Midwest-bound

If a person isn’t willing to spend 75 for a living thing then this hobby will not work out for them in the long run, And it’s best that they learn that early on. There are plenty of fish that can go happily in that space but instead lets throw a beta in it ? Also the smaller the tank the harder to keep it check, So why put 100% of the bio load in it ?


MLNLg

Because it isn't a serious hobby for them. It's something pretty to look at. It's a first pet, gift, etc. If I can put a betta into a couple gallon tank over a .5 gallon I'm going to continue recommending that people buy them. Now if they're willing to do a 10 gallon don't doubt I won't help them get everything they need and thank them for giving him a great home. Would I put one in a 2 gallon? No. Can I deny selling someone a betta who wants to put it in a .5 gallon? No. Can I try to convince to spend fifty more dollars for a 10 gallon? Yeah. Are the chances good? No. Can I try to convince them to spend 10 more dollars for a 2 gallon? Yeah. Are the chances good? Better than the 10 gallon. When fish enthusiasts go for bettas you can tell because they go for the larger tanks *or*, better yet, have one cycled already at home.


Midwest-bound

They did research and then went on a public forum to ask questions that further confirm there original though but they are not serious about the hobby ? Come on now lol I can see were this is going and I’m no longer interested in beating a dead horse. Thanks !


MLNLg

Oh I thought you were talking about people in general and the usual debate about what number of gallons is the appropriate amount for a betta. My bad!


nofeelings14

Shrimp! Depending how planted it is you could have 5 shrimps per gallon or more but it's recommended to pit was Lee bxlc shrimps breed easily and you'll have many babies


Midwest-bound

+1


nofeelings14

Shrimp! Depending how planted it is you could have 5 shrimps per gallon or more but it's recommended to pit was Lee bxlc shrimps breed easily and you'll have many babies