I'm very new to fish. I take the whole thing VERY seriously, and want to do what is absolutely best for my new betta friend. I have three kids and three cats, all alive, so after months of thinking I decided I could do this!
I bought this plant for my betta from PetCo in a tube. The guy there recommended it for bettas. I don't think the tube said Anubis, but I could be wrong. Is that what it is? Most importantly, is it actually aquatic? Since I'm new, I figured he'd know more than I do, but he told me bettas never need filtration or a heater, and tried to steer me to the .5 gallon tanks. He also said I didn't need a lid b/c they don't jump. He said the LIKE small spaces b/c they're territorial. Now I'm doubting the plant thing as well.
My tank is 1.5 gallons, has a heater, filter, a marimo moss ball, this plant, rock substrate, a thermometer, a betta hammock and a cave (both of which he totally avoids). I haven't changed the water yet, but I check it each day for ammonia/nitrites/nitrates. So far, they're great. I had to have all of this approved by HR and my supervisor because I planned to keep him at work. They wouldn't approve a larger tank. Now I'm thinking of keeping him at home, and might expand the size to keep him happier.
One other thing; I would love to put a dark background on the tank to hide all the cords but he fights his reflection. Is there a way to reduce that glare so I can add the dark background?
Thanks for all your help, and your patience with me.