Today I have set up a 10gallon tank for one lucky male betta at Petco.
I chose to get my betta at Petco because they have dividers between each betta container, and I have seen a few bubble nests in some of the males' containers.
About my tank.
This is the set-up:
So far there are a total of 7 silk plants in the tank, and I might grab one more to hide the betta hammock for a sense of security and privacy (excluding the view from the side of the tank)
The heater is placed behind the plants on the right back corner.
The low-flow filter is in the back left corner above/behind those plants.
The thermometer is in the front left corner away from the heater.
There are a total of 8.5 gallons of water in this tank.
I was wondering, will one male betta in 8.5 gallons of water produce enough ammonia fast enough to keep beneficial bacteria alive and well?
Or should I consider some tank buddies and additional decoration for hiding?
I bought a bottle of bacteria supplement just in case, thinking that if the betta can't produce enough ammonia fast enough to keep the bacteria alive, I'd just add some to the tank whenever the ammonia gets a little bad.