Originally Posted by DaveC
Got him from a now defunct LPS. Lived with me for a couple of years. I probably did about everything wrong with that poor fish. Pre-internet, and no local Betta fans that I knew.
For the last several years I have been watching 3 rescue goldfish slowly grow in their 30g tank. 3 goldies is more than enough fish for that tank.
I am thinking of getting fish for my desk at work. I have space for maybe a 10-15g tank, if I'm lucky. Way too small for goldies. Remembering my betta fondly and seeing frequent recomendations of Betta as the most suitable fish for small tanks, I am considering getting a tank and setting up for a Betta and maybe a couple of companions at work.
I would prefer a tank large enough to cycle and filter with partial rather than full water changes.
Any recomendations as to Bettas, other fish, tank size/style, etc. I have a small, maybe 2g hex tank, just the tank, or can buy a larger tank.
Locally we have Wal*mart (no fish), 30 miles away Wal*mart that I think has fish, and 70 miles away Petco (or maybe petsmart) and a really nasty hole-in-the-mall pet shop. (This is where I rescued my goldies from, before the petco opened).
I waited about a month for the goldfish tank to finish cycling before adding fish, so I'm not in a rush.
That sounds like a very nice thing. Im sure a betta at work would be very happy, especially with what I assume will be a nice tank.
Considering you dont want full changes, you will need to have a filter. A filter allows you do not need 100% changes. I recommend (if you can get it) anywhere from a 5-10 gallon tank, because this, with a filter, will allow for not only smaller but less frequent changes. Cycling is a great idea, so if you can cycle while at work, this will allow your changes to be even less. Adding in stemmed plants, as well as other lives plants, will make the changes even less frequent.
I recommend the marineland 5 gallon hex for a "smaller" tank. It comes with a great filter that's great for cycling and fish enjoy it. Its "cousin", the bow (which fits well into corners!) is also a good option.
Bettas, unlike goldies, need a heater, so you will need to provide one. What wattage you get depends on the tank's size. Also, a bucket and a siphon are great to help with easier, speedier partial changes.
You seem to know about fish, so Ive tried not to baby you (haha <3), but there are two betta care stickies in the care section that are great help for learning betta 101. THe one in my sig is a step by step.
Im not sure what youre looking to spend on fish, but aquabid.com is a great place for "disigner" bettas, theyre beautiful. If youre looking for a betta in one of those stores, look for the healthiest you can! <3
I hope you have fun deciding what to do :3