Originally Posted by aokashi
Two gallons is plenty of room for a heavy finned guy to swim in, be it a vase or a tank. And if he likes the leaf, then it may very well be that he. is just enjoying himself. sometimes I come home to find my betta with his head in the gravel for no particular reason. Am I going to say that he is sick or uncomfortable? he's got plenty of room to swim in as well with a strong filtration. but there are times when he has his quirky habits to attend to.
We all have to stop being so judgmental on tank size...
Isn't proper care the most important? Please keep in mind that even if you betta is enjoying himself profusely in a 30 gallon, that there are others out there who will want to do nothing but hide in fear in the same tank...bettas are like people, some are claustrophobic and some are afraid of large open spaces and shut themselves at home....
I think that what a lot of users on this site forget is that a .5 gallon tank is oaky. I have my fish in there right now and he'll be in there for another few weeks maybe. I had a betta in a 1 gallon for 7 months.
You can have what you want as long as it's .5 gallon and above IMO. Anything else and the fish can't move. Proper care IS the most important part. You can have a .5 gallon and not care for it, or you can have one and care for it. I would tell the owner who isn't willing to do the every other day chages to upgrade, but obviously if you can care for a smaller tank, than do so.
Doing all of this is the equivalent of saying a ranch style house is worse than a mansion because it gets dirt faster and there's less room. Both houses are houses and serve their purposes. Whether you like the ranch or the mansion is up to you. And whether you're willing to clean up either or is up to you as well.