Originally Posted by christineandbubbles
Hey everyone! Thanks for your replies. Some have helped, some havent. I live in Australia and we dont have a walmart or anything like that. Bubbles in located in my room and so i cant get a massive tank. A few gallon tank is gunna be huge and I honestly dont feel I have room for it. Ive got a busy schedule and im always out and when i come home im exhuasted so im gunna definatly put extra effort into changing the water. The tank I have is also specially designed for this fish and in Australia all the fighting fish ive ever seen have tanks almost exactly like this one. Or are plain glass.. Mine is plastic. So im still abit confused with somethings but im sure I will figure them out!
Betta tank size is kind of... Controversial, I think? Oftentimes in pet stores they keep Betta in VERY small cups as a temporary method of "storage" before they're sold. Even in America, tanks that are sold specifically for Bettas are often very, very small. I was having trouble understanding why a Betta needed a bigger tank until someone explained it to me like this:
If you buy a puppy, you can probably keep it in a closet and it will "survive" just fine. You could feed it, put down some newspaper and change it every day, even install a glass door so the puppy could see you--but it would be miserable. Betta fish are the same way; they can SURVIVE in a very small tank, but they're happiest in a large tank. You don't necessarily have to get a 10 gallon tank, but you might be surprised to find your fish much more active, energetic, and responsive to you in a 2.5-5 gallon (9L-19L) tank. And the 2.5 gallon tanks are surprisingly small and cheap! It might be worth looking around a local shop or pet store just to see what they have on one of your off days.
I think the reason many stores sell such small betta tanks is because betta are usually bought as an aesthetic pet. People like them because they're pretty, but not always because they want to love for and care for them like a cat or dog.