I'm new to the forum, and have two bettas, Pontos and Nereus. Pontos is in a large fish bowl that is probably about two gallons, and Nereus is in a plastic tank (I think it's called a critter keeper?) that's probably about a gallon.
I've been reading on here that heating the water is a really good idea. I think I might look into it, if i can find two small enough and inexpensive enough (I have a tight budget).
I've also seen on here that it's better not to change all the water at once. If you don't, then how do you clean the stuff at the bottom of the tank? Do you siphon it?
If you use tap water, do you need to use those conditioning drops they sell?
I've had bettas a few times before when I was younger, but didn't pay as much attention to them as I now am. So I want to make sure I'm doing the right things. I am enjoying having two, and observing their different personalities. Pontos has quite a personality, I wish I could reach in and pet him lol. Nereus is pretty timid. I've seen him hide under his rocks, and he runs away if there's any movement near the tank (including my trying to feed him. They have both blown bubble nests. Nereus surprised me with a big one once. I should have taken a picture.
So, there's my intro, with questions. Thanks for reading!
Okay. Changing all at once can be stressful sometimes. BUT, in a one gallon like you have, you should probably change your water fully every other day or two, with a 50% change in between. I had a 1.5 gallon and did a full change on Sundays, with frequent medium changes in between. You could get a siphon, but with that small of a tank, youd probably have to self start it.
You can get small mini heaters for that one gallon (zoo med(?) make them, theyre like $20 and are small and round), the two gallon shouldnt go probably above 10w, and they can be found in lots of places in many sizes. (Id recommend staying away from all things Tetra brand..) Marineland heaters are great.
Sadly, heaters are generally just plain expensive, so as far as that budget goes... :c Id recommend, if you have one nearby, getting a PetSmart card, which will save you loads! :D
, you do need the conditioning drops. Always! :D
Dont worry, most of us have stories to tell about not knowing what we know now about bettas. All that matters is *now you want to do it right C:
This site is great for any questions you may have, if you ever have questions, everyone is here for you :3