I was not certain how to title this thread but I do have questions.
I have a female who is doing well in my 2.5 gallon tank.
But I have a question on filters, lights, heaters, and how much to really feed.
I will post a picture of my tank also, but now the tank has the filter in it behind the colorful decoration, so keep that in mind with you see the picture.
For feeding, I am feeding her Aqueon Color Enhancing Betta Food. It says to feed small amounts 2-3 times a day that will be consumed within 3 minutes. I am sure she would eat a lot during those 3 minutes if I let her. But while searching some of these threads, people say only 2-3 tablets 1-2 times a day.
So my question is, how much should I feed her and how many times a day. Sometimes I feed her once a day and sometimes I feed her twice a day and some days I let her fast. I feed her 3-5 pellets each time. What do I do?
For the filter question. I know there have been filter questions recently but I am still uncertain in this department. I have the Smallworld Pump & Filter kit. It says it removes harmful gases, odor, and discoloration. The cartridge has what looks like cotton and coal in it. I got it because it is for small tanks. But while playing with her a while ago I was just looking at the filter because it is louder than I would like and the flow comes out the top and kind of hard. It makes bubbles on the surface of the water. I would have no idea how to slow the flow. But while watching it I thought, what could it possible be filtering? It is an airpump, tubing and the cartridge. The airpump pumps air IN towards the tank...I noticed nothing is being filtered out. This can't really be a filter, I feel like I have been fooled into buying this because of the words small, and filter. So my question is...what is this thing really doing? I am confused with this filter thing!
My lighting question is this...is the light just for during the day, or is it for the night also? She is in the kitchen for now, just not certain where to put her and although I thought about my room, the filter nixed that! Can't imaging listening to the sound of a filter all night! Anyway, there is a plastic water jug that has the pump sitting on it for the backflow of the filter and a night light is behind it and it actually puts off quite a bit of filtered light. Is that bad? Also, can you use the light as a heating source provided it can be on all day? Meaning if I had one of those blue lights would it be able to be on and provide heat?
My last question is on heating. I know I need a heater in with her but my tank is only 2.5 gallons and I don't want it to get too crowded for her but I am not ready or even wanting to upgrade to a larger tank. Do any of you have any really good recommendations for a heater? Most of you say to get an adjustable heater and I have looked at the mini's that are flat and they say they only raise the temp up a few degrees from the room temp. Actually most of the small tank heaters say the same thing. My house doesn't get above 68 degrees most days of the winter, we just wear more clothes! So that would make her tank no warmer then say 75 degrees.
I need some advice please. She is so pretty and so active and healthy, I really don't want anything to happen to her that could be avoidable!
Admittedly I got her because my roommate is not into parakeets, which is what I really want. But I have had fish a long time ago and really liked having them and thought how hard can this. If this turns out to be a success, maybe I can show her that having a parakeet wouldn't be too demanding either. But what I am learning is that parakeets for me would be easier to take care of!
I haven't even named her yet, I am still calling her girly girl. That is not a name. I am trying to get my roommate more involved and keep asking her to help me name her. She calls her Ms. B.
I don't want to appear to be a bad betta owner, I do love her and want to make her tank as wonderful for her as I can. Please help me give her a great life.
A BIG thank you everyone!
Here is the tank picture...remember the filter is behind the colorful decoration...(hope this works)