New Betta owner, and am wondering if this tank setup is acceptable or if I have too much stuff going on?
Also some questions about filtering/vacuuming and water changes for a 10g tank. But first, on to the tank.
It's a 10g tank divided between two veiltail males.
I've put plants on both sides of the divider as hiding/ambush spots and so they will be less likely to spot each other and get crabby. Up until adding in the plants, they spent most the past few days flaring at each other and rarely exploring the rest of their spaces. They both are more active and no longer seek the other out, and seem to enjoy rummaging through the silk plants (I've no live plants).
Both also have a decoration if they ever prefer the privacy of a cave instead.
I've an under gravel filter (complete with gravel!), but have not actually attached the 'filter' part to the the base. I was wondering if there a preference between the motorized or air-pumped filters (aside from possibly fishy preference)? At the moment there is a bit of a spacial issue, and I don't want to try and overtax the room they are currently set up in (long story short, has a lot of electronic devices in use already that require power strips).
If I forgo both the former options, what about a regular vacuum filter? Is it really just as simple as moving it about the gravel as I'm doing a partial water change to make sure I get the excrement?
Another question is water changes, for a 10g how much or often is recommended? I've read a few topics for smaller tanks, but haven't been able to find one for a 10g with two fish, and the other topics also usually called for a full change every so often.
They do have a heater that is usually 75-78 degrees.
Attached is a picture of the tank set up, and the best pictures I could currently get of the two boys.
The blue one is Vigo (had to alter the pics colors a bit to bring out his true color. His face is almost black and fades to blue throughout his body, and loves to hide in his plants until I swing by the tank. Then he pops out to see what's going on).
The purple/red one is Janosz (since he can't have easy access to Vigo any more, he likes to chase his reflection a lot). There does seem to be a bit of.... 'clearness' at the very tip of his tail that is bothering me. I can't tell if it is fin rot or maybe some regrowth.
Thanks for any answers you guys can provide!