Thank you for the polite replies- I see so many arguments/attacks online about people and their betta tanks...and to be honest it just makes people afraid to ask for help and does not help betta's in the long run.
I am much happier with my new tank and filter etc, it is WAY more interesting than what I had before. It's so much more interesting that I have decided to purchase a bigger tank at the end of the week (I will be leaving grumpy in his 3 gallon for now ALONE). His bubble stone is keeping him more than happy/busy, and I think why people try to house betta's with other fish (like myself) is that it's hard to believe that a living creature would want to spend it's whole life alone. Also I think why a lot of people get betta's and keep them in bowls (no I don't for anyone that has not been following!) is that they see a beautiful creature in wal-mart sitting in it's own filth in a tiny cup and they think that any home would be better than that home. And then there are also the people that are told by nearly every petstore that betta's do not require much care/expense...I actually had a pet store owner tell me not to buy a bigger tank in his store because betta's don't like them which just totally baffled me because he was the one losing the sale :S
I am just giving die hard aquarium/betta enthusiasts another opinion and also because somebody asked why I would want to house my betta with another fish.
I am really looking forward to the new tank and have no idea what I am going to put in yet but I will have live plants and I am thinking maybe female betta's...
I didn't even notice your username, it's hilariously cute
People get agressive online anywhere. Even here, I've seen a few threads get... heated. Generally people here avoid getting too dramatic though. Maybe it's because fish enthusiasts often get into the hobby because of how relaxing they are? No idea, but this is by far my favorite forum... so far. Every forum I've ever used, I've stopped using after a few months because of the rudeness and users with superiority issues.
I find it funny how some people (pet store employees and some enthusiasts themselves) claim that bettas don't like bigger spaces.
Every betta is different. I have 4. My oldest guy, Saki... well... he's a grump. He's kind of anti-social (totally ignores his ADF tank mate unless Delilah accidentally bumps him), and I think being in a 3 gallon vs 5 gallon makes no difference to him. I had his tank divided temporarily to house another male betta, and he got about 3 gallons of the tank (new guy got about 2). He really didn't behave aaaany differently.
However, Soren (his temporary tank mate when it was divided) could not be happier to have his full 5 gallon tank now. Ooooh, he doesn't waste an inch of it. He loves to swim around it and explore every bit. He's getting 2 ADFs today for tank mates.
Shisu is indifferent to his ghost shrimp tank mate, and also seems to enjoy having a 5 gallon tank to swim in. Our newest Betta (hubby hasn't named him yet. I'm calling him Shark Bait until he names him) is the really aggressive one. We put the ghost shrimp in with him for 1 day and he wouldn't leave him alone
I have heard of some more unfriendly Bettas literally eating their ghost shrimp tank mate. We took Will out right away and put him back with Shisu, where he is happily unattacked again
Shark Bait and Shisu LOOOOVE air bubbles
Saki hates them
Shark Bait and Soren LOVE swimming through the current of the filter
Shisu avoids it
Saki hates it (seeing a pattern? Saki doesn't like much of anything, haha)
Post photos in the pictures section when you have your tank set up. I just redid all 4 of ours. If you want to dive into a planted tank, that's awesome too. I really don't have the patience or know how to bother with a PT