Originally Posted by kingofthefishppl
I just inherited a betta. A friend bought it for his kid and naturally the kid lost interest. Since i had an aquarium he thought i would like it. I've had him about 2 weeks and like alot of people thought his little half gallon tube was fine. After lots of reading and because i have a heart, Just barely, as my wife says i want to get him something where he can stretch out. I have a 20 gallon with some neon tetras, zebra Danios one weather loach (also Inherited) and a larger tetra (see previous remark) but not sure how he would do in it as a community tank.
So for the questions:
1. would ten gallon tank be to big for him? I've been wanting to do a heavily planted tank and thought that would be awesome to have my silver betta running through a jungle of plants.
2. If i go with ten gallon is there anything else i could house with him in it such as shrimp or some snails to help keep the Algae down?
I'm a newb and i know it as far as bettas go and while i don't want him beating up on anyone I've grown quite fond of him and would hate to see something happen to him. He is a beautiful fish and he does seem happy but i wouldn't like being stuck in what amounts in human terms to a small one room shack. ANy help would be great and i'm sure i will come up with lots more questions as i go along. I'm doing about 25 to 30% water changes fairly regularly but he has no room for a heater or anything else in his little tube thing.
A ten gallon tank would be amazing. I had mine in a 10 gal tank and she was very active. One thing I liked about having a tank that size is that it is fun to decorate!
You can get some shrimp, but most bettas will eat them. Some dont. Snails will eat algae but if algae does not grow, they will need to be fed algae wafers/other veggies (depends on the type of snail you get) and snails will poop. A LOT. theyre pooping machines. I had two in my 10 gal and IMO they were more trouble than theyre worth lol.
Algae is caused by high phosphates and/or too much light.
You can buy some marimo moss balls, which absorb a lot of the nutrients that algae would use, thus helping to prevent it. Also do not leave your tank light on for too long.
How big is the cube? If it is 1/2 gallon you should do daily water changes, do 50% one day and 100% the next day. Ammonia builds up extremely fast in small tanks like that.
Im guessing youre familiar with this already but you will defenitely want to cycle your 10 gallon tank.
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Good luck with your betta!