I am new to betta fish ownership.
My boss gave Fred, a red VT, to me for Christmas. He came in a 16oz fish bowl half filled with glass marbles and Hikari pellets that will last a long long time or until it gets moldy, whichever comes first.
I then read that they need space from this column. So I carelessly got him a 1-gal tank.
This is Fred in a 1-gal corner tank, cold & miserable (76F). Then he got fin rot, all in a matter of 2 weeks. Thanks to this bb and internet, I am able to better take care of him. He has a personality already and we "bonded". But I am not as BFF as Fred is with Moses, the Marimo Moss. So life is good, but I am not so sure if my wallet would agree
Then I read some more and found out that 1-gal is too small, so I upgraded him to a 2.5 Mini Bow AND a 50W adjustable heater that he loves.
Right now, I am thinking of preparing a 5-gal NPT as I'd like to have some natural plants for him. As for the retired tanks, my blessed church nieces may be getting them in NPT condition for their fishes, that is if I get this right...