Hi helpful folks. I'm gathering materials to put together a tank for my first betta, and I'd like some advice. Thusfar, I've got a 2.5 gallon glass tank, a couple plastic plants and decorations, some gravel, a thermometer that sits on the bottom of the tank instead of stuck to the glass, and a little net.
I know, lots more to get.
Anyways, I've been searching and researching appropriate filters and heaters, and I'm just getting so many conflicting reports. However, to my best findings, it seems that the filter I want is a Red Sea Art Deco Nano Filter. Problem: I can't seem to find anyone who has them in stock! Either they're superbly popular, or they just don't make them anymore.
So, Question 1: In your opinions, what is the best small (and preferably cheap) filter system for a 2.5 gal. betta tank? I want one that'll keep the water clear without creating heavy currents, as well as be small enough that it doesn't intrude on the tank space and look ugly and imposing.
In addition, I've been looking for a heater that is unobtrusively small, preferably adjustable, preferably cheap. My findings indicate that either the Elite Submersible preset mini heater, 25w, or the Hydor mini aquarium heater, 7.5w, are suitable, but I'd like to know what the more experienced folk here think.
So, Question 2: in your opinions, which of the two heaters I mentioned is the better, or is there an even better warming device out there that you just have to rave about?
Thanks to the folks who bother to help little ol' me. I'll sit here twiddling my thumbs for a while. :3