I had 2 goregous male crowtail bettas dumped on me a few days ago. They were left in a divided half gallon at my door while I was out in town. I have no idea who dumped them, but I made the decision to keep them.
I got an identical .5 gallon with the intention of both of them having their own bowl. Unfortunately, I didn't notice one of the Bettas was sick until it was too late to even try to treat.
I should mention that I do have experience in fish tanks. I had a 29 gallon, 20 gallon, three 10 gallons and a 2.5 gallon in high school. They were stable fresh water tanks and I had a pair of mating Angels, although I never bred them. 3 of those tanks had a male Betta in each, but I never had a betta in a bowl without a filter.
My question is, should I get some Java moss for him? Would it make the bowl water more stable? I'm a college student, so right now I can't really afford to get him a proper tank with a filter, and to be honest, I really don't want to have to deal with all that cleaning right now.
I can manage the water changes to keep the .5 gallons stable until I can afford a proper tank. I was just wondering if Java moss would help. I have absolutely no experience with live plants. All the Decor in my old tanks were fake.
I would love suggestions on what to get when I am able to afford to upgrade. It MUST have a lid. I have a 10 month old kitten, who thinks the fish are a new toy for her, as you can see:
Here is how the bowl was set up when it was left at my door:
The surviving betta is on the right. He's now alone in the .5 gallon, with a fake plant and a leaf hammock.
I'm also really considering buying another betta since I have the other .5 gallon that was supposed to be for the second betta.