Just to start off with a few things;
All the betta's in the small containers/cups are very happy, receive weekly water changes, and constantly produce bubble nest. My newest male is in the cube thing. http://a5.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphot...68662187_n.jpg Since I dont know how to make the images bigger, I'll just link them. This is half of my room, which is the perfect room for them, thanks to the abnormal heat.
If people are curious to see what my betta's look like, I'll gladly post pictures of them.
To be honest, I was scared to post pictures, since I don't wanna be scolded for having them in such tiny tanks. Though, all my betta's are happy and well cared for, receiving 100% water changes weekly, this way I can remove any excess poop that builds up.
You know, I've kind of come to the conclusion that if I'm getting a betta from the local pet store; one who's been kept in a tiny cup in that (often) cool, filthy blue water, that the little tyke would probably be better off with me. (S)he would be in a warm home, with a nice environment and clean water, rather than die an ugly, slow death at the pet store.
Sure, it would be great if we all had room for 5+ gallon tanks for every one of them, but that's not always realistic. Heck, it would be *fantastic* if every person who bought a betta was gonna keep it in the perfect home, but that's not very realistic either.
I'm new here myself, and new to proper betta care, but at least I'm here to learn. Annnnnd, I'm about to get my 3rd boy. (Yeah, already thinking about where I could possibly put a 4th! Sigh)
I think these little fish must put off some sort of "potato chip" hormone so you can't stop at just one!
I have two CT males, 2 VT males, 1 HM, 1 DT.
For females I have no idea. I only know that I have 1 true VT female. I think the others are PK mixes. One PK has the traits of both a VT and a CT female, another has CT traits, so. I just call them all females. I'll be sure to get pictures when the females fin's are mostly healed.
I would love to see individual pics of them too :D
Have you though of using storage containers for the ones in the cup? They are cheap and come in various sizes. I have 2 living in them myself. Just be sure to poke some holes in the lid so they can get air..
You can also divided a 5 or 10 gallon tank, that way one tank can house 2 or 3 males - and you only need to use one heater (which is a plus when plugs are limited).
Just to start off with a few things;
All the betta's in the small containers/cups are very happy, receive weekly water changes, and constantly produce bubble nest.
Wait... you aren't using the cups as permanent housing, are you? Also, you really need to be doing water changes twice a week on anything under 5 gallons that is not cycled/filtered. I'm sorry to sound blunt, but what I highlighted in bold is very concerning.
When I do water changes, they get 100% water changes, and this happens at the end of the week.
The cups are not permanent housing, the only fish in there is my VT female, Sam, and shes in the cup as a floater for the larger tank, since she can't play nice with the other girls. She was removed so I can do a 100% water change on the 6 gallon, due to an outbreak of brown algae.
I had a CAE, but, it was slaughtered by the current girls in there. And it is a 6 gallon tank, so, I cant get any good algae eaters. I also don't want a high bio-load, so. But, I enjoy cleaning out the tanks and watching my betta's flourish in nice, freshly cleaned water. They love it. http://a8.sphotos.ak.fbcdn.net/hphot...98199644_n.jpg This is the boy in the cube. He has a split in his tail, but, it kinda looks like he was born with it, since there is no tearing and I got him from a good breeder yesterday.