Originally Posted by slimestone
I don't think "I don't have enough space" is a good excuse. If you don't have room to house a pet adequately...you don't get a pet. If I lived in an apartment but I had my heart set on a Siberian husky, I would only be doing the cruel thing by still buying one.
I think that works in this case. It's not like they were saying "If you don't have room, the pet store cup is fine."
I consider "adequately" housed to be if the betta is not bored and is healthy. What else could you honestly provide them besides health and entertainment? A 2.5 gallon provides that just fine. I think people project their own feelings about the size of the tank onto their fish a little too much sometimes. Bettas are
smart, but it's not like they swim around all day thinking of that big huge 20 gallon tank they don't have.
Sorry if that was a bit snippy, but it's honestly a little tiring to see places on the internet say you're treating your pet cruelly by having a 2.5 gallon. My HM boy is healthy and shows all the signs I know of that a well-adjusted betta does and I have no doubt that my VT boy will soon follow this when he recovers from typical pet store trauma. So I don't see what's cruel about that.
Originally Posted by InsaneBetta001
Thank you so much! I will test that now! He really seems to like it! The plants are plastic but are very rounded on edges and I don't think they would cut him but I will check anyways
The edges on mine were rounded too, but it still snagged him, so just keep an eye on it!
Good luck! I hope Nova does well in his new home.