Okay, I know most people on here will say "you betta needs to be kept in at least a 2 gallon tank ect..." But my whole thing, is it really bad to keep them in a bowl that is 1-1.5 gallons?
I've had two Bettas before, one male and the other female, both common VTs from Wal-Mart of all places. I kept both in I want to say 1.5 bowls, maybe 2, and both lived for several years. Neither had a heater, water conditioner (I let their water sit for at least 24 hours) or anything. I just put stones from Dollar Tree and a fake plant in there with them. I changed their water about 2-3 times a week and fed them once a day.
This topic is not meant to start a war, it's merely to discuss opinions, success stories and the like. I do not want this to turn into a flame war or a post for bashing other members.
Please keep in mind, when I did the above, I was young and knew next to nothing about keeping Bettas or their "requirements."
I feel that 2.5 gallons or more is ideal
but anything less than 1 gallon is ridiculous. So 1 gallon is the absolute minimum I will endorse.
in fact believe heaters are necessary. Unless of course you keep your house set to 80 degrees all year long.
Only a few years ago when I was 11 I got my first betta (I'm 15 now)
I pretty much provided the worst care because I wasn't properly educated on the subject of betta keeping. My poor betta lived in a 1/2 gallon tank, unheated in our 72 degree house, I only fed him the lowest quiality flakes once a day and I only changed the water 100% once a week. What a big improvement- now I have a female betta alone in a 10 gallon tank, heated to 80 degrees, she is fed high quality pellets twice a day and I do a 50% weekly water change since the tank is cycled.
I have learned a lot from this website. I do know some people come off a bit rude when endorsing better homes for bettas, but deep down all they want to do is ensure another betta has a good life.