The Bitter Truth About Fish and Tank Sizes


[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]I’m not an advocate for fish bowls though I can see why you would get one. It’s cheap, small, and easy to set up. I’m also not a fishkeeper that advocates with 50 gallons for Emerald Catfish, 120 gallons for goldfish and 20 gallons for betta fish. If you ever decided to dive into fishkeeping, you most likely went to websites to get certain tank sizes, tank mates, and temperatures for the fish you were looking about getting. Many recommend large tank sizes for certain fish and if you’re new to fishkeeping, you’re most likely going to be shocked at the tank sizes they recommend. Even some experienced fish keepers may get shocked at the tank sizes some recommend. Yes, let’s face it, there are certain benefits that you can get from both fish bowls and tanks.. For instance, it’s much easier to find a good heater for a 10 gallon than it is a 1 gallon. It may also be easier to keep the 10 gallon clean as well as looking good. But no matter if your neighbor has a 1, 10, 20, 30, 100 or 1000 gallon tank. We need to love them no matter what, spot on to what Christ did!


With small fish bowls, you have to clean it more frequently, but there are also some advantages with fish bowls such as it being super cheap, easy to set up, and small. A larger tank is obviously larger and will take up more time, money and will simply take more effort to clean and set up the tank. Yet at the same time, the larger tank won’t have to be cleaned as much to look good and to keep the fish healthy.

When it comes to my experience with 6 neon tetras, 3 emerald catfish and one female betta in one 10 gallon fish tank, I can say that you at least don’t have to be so strict with yourself. Please note that Pearl (my female betta) isn’t super aggressive. The only time she truly harmed a fish that I know of was when one of my neon tetras was dying. The fish made it, but died later that night. Please note also that the neon tetra was actually floating around the tank, and was on the verge of dying. That I know of, Pearl didn’t try to kill any healthy fish of mine. You can read more about this here.

Should I get a bigger tank. I don’t think so, if so maybe just a 15-20 gallon fish tank. Again, I’m not an advocate for bowls. I just don’t think that a 20 gallon is necessary for a betta fish, large or small. Now will that betta hate where it’s living? I don’t know. I am human, not God. Nor am I the fish. So do I know? Absolutely not! All I can do is guess; guess if the fish would want a 20 gallon, a 10 gallon, or a 1 gallon. We need to know that God made fish, not us! We can only guess, and that’s really about it. We all need to (me included) live in harmony with each other and spread the love of Christ to our fellow neighbors, despite if they have a small or large fish tank.. None of us are perfect, but we have to try our absolutely best that we can possibly ever, ever become. Christ will help us, if we ask Him to.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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