My betta is currently in a 1/2 gallon bowl that was sold to me at the petstore where I bought him. They told me that was a perfectly good size for him and he would be happy and healthy there if I did once a week 100% water changes. But now I am having second thoughts about whether that is big enough for him or not. I have a 2.5 gallon tank in the garage (one of my brother's old tanks) that I am thinking about cleaning up and putting him in instead. I have several questions, though...
1) He seems genuinely happy in his tank right now. He loves hiding behind his plant, he zooms around, and he has built a bubblenest that covers more than half the surface of the tank (and he is always adding to it). Should I keep him in this tank because he likes it here?
2) If I do move him, should I wait for a bit? He is bloated right now due to constipation, I think, so should I wait for that to resolve itself before thinking about changing his environment and stressing him out?
3) What sort of maintenance needs to be performed for a 2.5 gallon tank? It has a light and I believe is also has a filter. I would buy gravel and a couple plants to put into it, but what else would I need? How often would I do water changes, and how much water would I change when I did?
I probably have more questions, but sometimes I lose my train of thought... If I think of any more questions, I'll post them. Thanks for any help you can give me!