Marina Betta Pals Kit
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- 0.5 gallon cube; perfect for entry-level aquarist
- Comes complete with everything necessary to get your betta's home started
- Easy to maintain
- Great gift idea for kids
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It's a little awkward and clumsey to fit into the base while keeping the backround in place. The backround should be plastic rather than coated paper.
The little square for gravel is cute, but difficult to actually use. Getting and keeping the gravel confined to it is an almost comical process and of course has to be repeated with every cleaning. The gravel is smaller grain than typical aquarium gravel. There is no reason not to use substrate over the entire bottom, perhaps placing some larger stones or a small plant in the center square.
The top is just a frame like cover with an overly large opening in the middle. Plenty large enough for jumpers to end it all, it needs to be covered for a Betta.
The kit includes a small packet of food and upon opening it smelled fresh. It's a flake food, most feed bettas pellets.
There's a small bottle of water treatment/conditioner that contains a declorinator and Indian Almond Leaf extract.
The tiny size makes frequent water changes necessary. I wouldn't expect to do less than at least 50% every other day or 100% a couple times a week.
As stated in the description it holds almost exactly one half gallon of water with the substrate in place.
Is this a good permanent home for a Betta? No, it would be much like just keeping it in the cup you brought it home in.
Can you keep a Betta in this and have it remain healthy? Yes, if you are diligent and 100% faithful to caring for it. It is after all just an empty plastic container.Read more ›
I bought this at Petsmart one day when I decided to get a betta for my daughter's birthday present, and I just figured since it was specifically a "Betta kit" that it was humane and an appropriate size for a betta. Unfortunately, upon getting home with my betta tank all set up, I Googled a bit to learn more about this fish and read in several different places (from both professionals, veterinarians, and fish enthusiasts) that a 1/2 gallon betta aquarium is WAY too small and cruel to put the fish in. And after letting the fish live in this aquarium for a few weeks, I know they're right. My fish sits in the corner, facing the corner all day, despite regular cleaning his fins are pulled close to the body, he barely moves except to eat. It's very clear this fish is stressed out.
Finally, I picked up a 1.5 gallon tank and hoping it will help, as well as some natural plants for him to hide behind. Just got it tonight, so we'll see.
But my problem is - I just think it's incredibly misleading for Marina to market & sell aquariums for Bettas that they MUST KNOW are TOO SMALL for these beautiful fish to thrive in. My fish survived, sure, but as one professional put it in their article on Bettas: "Surviving and thriving are two very different things." And as for my, I want a happy & healthy fish.
So, shame on you Marina for selling aquariums like this! I'm certain there are many more unaware buyers like myself that assume because the pet store sells it, it must be appropriate for their pet. Very misleading. Great design! But just not enough for even one fish.
And to other buyers, please do your research on bettas before buying. They are beautiful, fun fish. Give them a good life!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Awesome starter Beta fish tank the background w/the colorful beta.. so Awesome, I have it in my home office.. sooo Zenful & Peaceful!! Read morePublished 9 months ago by Damon Peyton
good size for a starter "tank." came pretty scratched up. easy to clean.Published 10 months ago by e
Original order had a crack in the lid and broken plant, returned and got a replacement tank and there was a crack in the side of the tank. Packaging was in perfect condition. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Nina DeAngelis
My Betta loves him home, he has plenty of room and feel securePublished 10 months ago by gardenlady
My review is for the product itself, not my opinion of the size. This is a very small tank. We keep one beta fish inside. Read morePublished 14 months ago by ThistleJayde
This is really too small and the wrong environment to hold betta, With that being said it is still a cute little tank and I am using it for Marimo. It's a very cute set up.Published 14 months ago by A. Jones