So here's how it started... I wanted to have something in my office in terms of taking a break and mind off of work and I though a small aquarium would be nice. Problem is I don't have a lot of space and wanted very little maintenance.
We used to have goldfish when I was younger and I remember my dad always complaining it's a lot of work.
I learned about Bettas and was told that they need zero maintenance, you can just drop them into a cup and voila I'll have an office buddy.
So I went to the local pet store and the lady there sold me a betta fish along with a 2L Marina Tank (like this one http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...1-973C40873292
Brought it home, set it up, dropped the fish in, and away we go...
Had him for about a week, water was crystal clean, and lots of bubble nests.
After the first week, I remembered the lady saying i need to change the water every week. So not knowing that I'm not supposed to change the water completely, I scooped up the betta back in the cup he came in, and proceeded to wash out the entire tank.
I lost about 30% of the gravel cause it was so small to handle, and I ended up replacing the gravel instead with glass beads that my wife had placed in a vase as decoration.
I then noticed the water getting very cloudy. I didn't know what caused it so I started searching online and came across this forum site.
After doing a lot of reading, I'm starting to realize that the tank I have is too small for the betta? Almost every site is stating to have atleast 2 gallons if not 5.
Is this really necessary? I went to the local petsmart store (figured it's more reputable) and the associate saying that I am fine with a smaller tank, I just have to do more water changes. But he's saying that the tank I have is fine and recommended I get a small log or something for the fish to hide in.
He also stated that I don't need to worry about getting a heater or filter or anything like. That that's what makes Bettas so great.
I mentioned that the way the tank is designed, the gravel is only in the middle so there is waste that collects around the gravel and can easily be seen. And how do I clean that if I'm not doing 100% water changes. He said that I should put 75% of the water and the fish in another container, and the completely clean the tank, and then put the old water and fish back along with 25% new water. He also remarked that the cloudiness is a result of a new nitrogen cycle being established and its normal. The ammonia levels will be high but never high enough that the betta can't handle it and after a week or so, when the good bacteria is created, the ammonia levels will then drop...
So that's where I'm at right now. I'm stuck between keeping the same tank because it's small enough to fit on my desk but I don't want to harm the fish. I also want the fish to be happy.
I don't like the idea of having to put water and fish in another container so I can clean out my tank. It seems like less maintenance that I get a bigger tank and just scoop out a couple cups of old water and add new water once a week.
But I guess my main question/concern is, is the tank sufficient? Why does every store say they are (i've been to about 4 different stores now) but the online community seems to wholeheartedly disagree.
I'm really trying to understand all of this and in the end I want to keep my fish happy, allow it to thrive, and have a long healthy life.
Thank you very much in advance for any guidance, help and explanations you can provide. And also being patient with me as I know I'm completely ignorant in this subject.