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Marina Betta Pals Kit

3.8 out of 5 stars 80 customer reviews

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Zen Theme
  • 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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Product Description

Color: Zen Theme

The Marina Zen Betta Kit offers you an escape from the stresses of your life by introducing a calming element into your everyday environment. This 0.5-gallon cube is a great starter kit for an entry level aquarist. Be it at the office or in the home, the chic and unique design of the Marina Betta Kit adds a small piece of tranquility to any room. The Marina Betta Kit is easy to maintain and comes with Nutrafin Betta Bowl Conditioner, Nutrafin Max Betta Food, natural gravel and stones and a decorative background.

Product Details

Color: Zen Theme
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 6 x 6 inches ; 1.7 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B001B5CQ8W
  • Item model number: 13401
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #195,256 in Pet Supplies (See Top 100 in Pet Supplies)
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Color: Boy Theme Verified Purchase
This item is obviously aimed at children, and is appealing in that respect. It isn't as simple and easy to use as one might expect however, and is also pretty expensive for what you are getting.
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.
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Color: Green
Admittedly, I am not a fish purist. I was simply looking for a nice, compact fishtank for my 2.5-year-old to keep a betta in his room. I bought the Marina Betta Pals kit in green from a local box retailer and moved Pickle into his home. He ate, pooped, made bubble nests and was lively. He seemed very happy for the 3 years that he lived there before passing away, in spite of his small domain. My son is now almost 8 and on his second betta who has been with us for 2.5 years now. Again, every indication is that the fish is not unhappy with his surroundings. So yes, this is a small tank, but its small size is a bonus in a kid's room. It is easy to clean, easy to open to feed the fish, and has a lid to protect the fish from our curious cats and random Legos. And the fish just don't appear to be distressed in it.
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Color: Girl Theme
I have a hard time understanding why Marina would sell & market a fish tank - specifically marketed for Bettas - when after researching betta fish it's so clear that this tank size is tiny and cruel to keep a fish in?

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!
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Color: Zen Theme
I really wish people would really educate themselves about betta splendens and their housing requirements. These so-called 'betta kits' are not acceptable by any serious aquarist. This tank is clearly too small. A betta fish needs a larger tank that is big enough for a heater to fit inside it. Bettas are tropical fish and they do need a heater to regulate their body temperature and keep them healthy (room temperature water will not help keep a fish heal its fins if it has fin rot or shredded its fins for some other reason). Secondly bettas are intelligent, curious creatures who likes to swim around and through things. This tank does not provide the space for that kind of activiity. With this little prison, er, tank, the fish is just going to sit there and eventually bite its tail due to boredom. If you want to get a betta fish, at least get a medium Kritter Keeper, a mini hyor heater, and a few silk plants and nice bridge for the fish. I wouldn't even use this fish prison for water changes or as a hospital.
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