Hello Betta lovers,
About two weeks ago after going to the pet store to see the fish everyday for a week I decided to get a fish for my son, who is two. Don't worry I am the only one caring for the fish, my son just likes to watch him swim and they even made a new game together where my son wakes up and waves and says "Hi Jack" and then my Betta, Jack Sparrow, shakes his tail back. It is so cute! Anyway, I got a .5 gallon tank to begin with but realized quickly that Jack was not very happy in that small of a tank, he was only surviving. So I upgraded to a Betta friendly 3 gallon tank. I have never had a Betta before but was told they are one of the easiest and cleanest fish to care for and they can live in smaller tanks like my 3 gallon one happily. When I changed tanks I didn't really know what I was doing but Jack didn't seem to mind he was so happy to be in a bigger tank with an extra cave to hide in the stress didn't really bother him. Then he started just hanging out in his tree all the time and wouldn't do much else so I asked a friend and she had just upgraded her Betta to a new heater and gave me her old one. Jack loved the heater and is now swimming like a champion! so there is the background...
My question is regarding redecorating a tank. I have read that you should not to 100% water changes very often in a 3 gallon tank and that Bettas don't like their habitats changed. But I have also read that they do like added hiding spaces and places to relax on. I would like to add a taller (fake) plant and a holiday along with moving his cave further back in the tank. What is the best way to go about this? I know I could just do it and he'd probably be fine based on his laid back attitude during his first few uneducated owner weeks but I'd like to do this correctly. Do I add one new thing at a time? Do I move the cave first? Do I just do a 100% water change and redecorate everything at once? I am so lost!
Thanks in advance!