Newbie Betta Keeper Needs advice
Hi, I'm new to this forum and Betta fish keeping so I'm wondering if I could get a little help, I've recently bought a brand new Betta and I've placed him in a 2.5G aquarium with a heater and a filter, I've been doing a fair amount of reading on the subject of keeping Bettas and I seem to be reading lots of information that seems to contradict itself for instance.
Apparently in the wild bettas come from dimly lit stagnant waters, so I continued reading around and the following seems to be stated, that
- Live plants should definitely be in the aquarium as Bettas like to hide within them, then it goes onto say Bettas dont like bright lights and as such to keep the lights off in the tank unless you're turning them on to view the Betta, surely if the lights are off in the tank for most of the time then the plants will die ????, how are you supposed to keep the lights off but grow healthy plants ?
- Secondly as stated above apparently in the wild they are used to living in stagnant water, so why is it so important to filter the tank ?. Dont get me wrong I dont want an aquarium full of stagnant water and have no intentions of running without a filter, obviously nothing looks worse than a dirty aquarium but am I filtering for my benefit or the betta's ?