Originally Posted by sajames05
My dad had a betta in a glass bowl on his desk for almost 3 years. He changed the water out about every 5 days and didn't have a heater or anything. It was the happiest little fish ever. Im sorry to disappoint yall but I don't have room for a 10 gallon tank. I took 1 betta out of this split tank and got a glass bowl for it, my gf is going to take that one to her place. I might look into getting a 1 gallon or 5 gallon tank but as of now this little guy is doing fine.
Well if nothing will convince you, go right ahead. Those who think betas are happy in a bowl has really never seen these guys behave in a real tank...
but go ahead....no on can stop you anyway, it's your own decision ultimately.
a 2.5 gallon isn't that big either. I'm a student too and I have minimal space in my room.... I managed to get that 2.5 tank in. ontop of my book shelf. the books went underneath and the tank went on top. A 2.5 gallon tank is only a foot wide. technically that's the length of a standard ruler....I mean, sure use the 1/2 gallon because you want to, but excuses like "my room is too small for the smallest standard size tank on the market" is kind of sad.
A recommendation for you though. if your room is well lit, look into a lucky bamboo or something that will help soak up all that ammonia build up. And a heater isn't that expensive. now that you've taken a betta out a 25w adjustable heater will fit in the container.... just one last thought for you.
If the water is colder due to the lack of heater, I also recommend a reduced feeding schedule to save your fish from bloat. the norm is to feed bettas twice a day, about 2 pellets per feeding. for you I recommend one feeding every other day of about 2 pellets to prevent constipation.
oh and this is what I did with my 2.5 gallon...