Please help if you're familiar with the 5 gal Aqueon mini bows, or 5 gallon tanks in general.
Currently we have the 2.5 gallon mini bow for our single betta. I have a busy family, so I am needing a tank that doesn't need quite as much attention as the twice-weekly water change. I can go with ANY 5 gallon, but have extra filters, etc. to fit the mini bow, so it seems logical to consider the mini bow 5. According to Oldfishlady's water changes sticky, I could go with a 50% water change and 100% monthly on a 5 gallon tank.
(I would love to go to a 10 or 20 gallon tank, but I just bought a nice Hydor heater that only goes up to 7 gallons, and I really don't look forward to reinventing the wheel again! And the tank currently sits on a kid's dresser, so I'm thinking a 5 gallon is more weight friendly in that case.)
We have enjoyed the 2.5 mini bow after baffling the filter quite a bit. I wanted to do a quick survey and see if the mini bow 5 (which uses the same filter) has a gentler current, and if those who own it are happy with it and find that a once weekly water change is enough.
Other candidates could be a Walmart 5 gallon tank kit or some such. There is a Top Fin 5.5 kit at my local Petsmart. We've already done the 1 gallon to a 2.5 gal thing (all backwards lol), so I wanted to research this upgrade FIRST instead of after the fact. I would LOVE to go to a 10 gallon, but it would mean several additional expenses (another heater, etc) and I'd like to keep it simple if I could. But of course, keeping it simple would have been to research and buy the right tank in the first place. Sigh. We're learning. After dealing with a bit of fin rot and some fin tears from filter flow, we've so far learned smaller tank is not equal to less work. I wonder if biting the bullet and going to a 10 gallon now is the thing to do...but it seems the water change schedule would be the same (only dealing with more water!) I think if we are happy with the 5, and if the interest in fish continues in the family, the next step would likely be to a 20 gallon community...but that's several years down the road.
I thought I'd ask and learn from those who've already walked this road...please share your wisdom!