Originally Posted by xokristen14
yea she is from petco. right now i bought a 1/2 gallon tank which came with flakes of food which i have been crumbling up. She seems to be doing good. She follows my finger around and swims alot but i was not sure if i should transfer her to a larger tank, maybe 5 gallons? i do not have a heater or filter right now. What do you think i should do
Well one point to make, it could be a while before you know if it's a he or she. For a long while I wasn't even sure what exact color or tail type she would be! She ended up being a dark blue (nearly purple) veil tail, but with shorter fins than my other girls.
1/2 gallon is just fine for her! When she gets adult size I would bump it up to at least 2.5 gallons, but she will find 5 gallons even better + it'l give you a reason to get some tank mates.
I would go get some micro pellets. I'm really not a fan of feeding them flakes. They can get along ok on flakes for a while but I just don't think those were designed for this type of fish. They're meat eaters. They need protein and fiber.
Getting a heater depends on the room. Honestly the room my tanks are in stays at around 80F during the day due to the computers in the room. I have heaters in all the tanks (just in case). I live in a warm climate (southern US). I really don't need heaters here.
Always have a thermometer. Do you know what the water temp is? My bettas are comfortable above 78F. They don't mind cooler temps that much but they do seem to be much more active and happy in warm water. My boys like 80F. It's hard to get a good heater for a tiny tank which is why I kept my baby in a breeder box in a larger tank. I only buy heaters I can adjust because the ones for tiny tanks are usually going for 5 degrees more than the rooms temp or something like that, with no control.
I would not put her into a 5 gallon until she is closer to adult size. You may find she doesn't go after food, or doesn't notice it. If you can go ahead and buy a small breeder box put her in that and into the 5 gallon. That's what I would do. My 5 gallon has 2 boys with a divider I made. I often alternate them (swap them) on each side so they stay entertained.