Originally Posted by hotrodprincess
My daughter fell in love with a little betta today. I let her get it as part of our homeschool this year. Its currently in what I call a bowl its got a colored vented lid on it hold maybe 2 cups of water. we have no idea if its male or female but its got purple and blue looking tail and fens are sort of spike. the lady at the pet store says we can keep it in the little container we got it in. But we have a 1.5 gallon hexagon tank that has been sitting empty for over a year. I think it would be much happier in it than this little cup thing so I would like to put some water in it so we could introduce it to the tank in a few days. (we are on a well and the Ph is neutral at least that's what the pet store said.) We plan to get some little plants next time we go to the store. I guess my big question is: I have a Tetra Whisper 1-10gal Power Filter is this ok to use for the betta if I put the spout where the water comes out level with the top of the water so it doesn't have any falling motion to stir the water around I know they like still water. Any other tips or cool facts would be great.
Hello! First of all, welcome to the forum. It is a great community to be a part of and I'm sure you will learn a lot about these beautiful fish, as we all do!
Typically females have shorter fins than males do. They come in many different tail types. You say they look spikey? Maybe you have a crown tail? Here are pictures of crowntails...
This one is a male crown tail betta
and here is a female crown tail betta..
Im sure your betta would appreciate a tank much much more than the bowl. Bowls are a little dangerous for bettas because they are known to jump out due to there being no cover. there is also no reliable way to heat a bowl usually. Did you say youre keeping it in the cup you bought it in?
PLEASE never listen to advice from a pet store employee, they give awful awful advice and keeping it in that cup is a good way to lead it to a slow death. :( Most defenitely move him into the tank.
There may be a way to baffle the filter, I dont know of a way to baffle your specific filter though. To be honest it might be best to just not have a filter in a 1.5 gallon because of how small the tank is. If the tank were a bit larger, a filter would be great.
What temperature is his water? If you dont have a thermometer- what temperature is your house set on? Bettas are tropical fish and need at least 76 degrees Farenheit water, preferably 78-82 * F. The tank water is typically a few degrees cooler than the air, so keep that in mind.
Are you using water conditioner to treat the water? Also, keep in mind that when doing water changes, to have the new water the same temperature as the water he is in. They can go through temperature shock if you dont take caution with that. With a 1.5 gallon tank, your best bet would be to do 3 water changes per week. You can do 2 50% changes and 1 100% changes.
If you have any more questions let me know!