I would like to have 2 pairs of betta's, one male will go in a display wall tank in my living room. 3 will be kept separate in a spare bedroom. None of my questions are in regards to the display tank as that is a cycled / planted tank with a heater & my male betta will be very happy.
My questions are in regards to the 3 other fish (1 more male & 2 females) that will not be displayed. I will keep them in a spare bedroom, they will require heat & I am not sure on the best way to do that. The room is in the low 60's during the winter. My one option would be to take a 10 gallon tank and cut some glass & make 3 tanks within the ten gallon tank. Heat the center & I imagine the heat would radiate thru out the 3 sections (yes I would have to confirm that) I guess another option would be to sit the tank on a reptile heat mat & that should heat the 3 compartments I would make in the 10 gallon tank.
Or is it easier to just use 3 separate betta bowls & figure out how to heat them ?
By easier I am asking in regards to cleaning, heating advice would also be appreciated on 3 little bowels but I have some ideas on that as I might place them in a small cabinet that is heated with one of them dark reptile basking lights hooked up to a thermostat. I'm pretty mechanical with stuff like that.
I guess what I don't know is which setup is better (one divided 10 gallon tank) or 3 bowels as far as cleaning. I am talking long term cleaning also like when algae starts to get on the glass & all that fun stuff.
What do the people do who have dozens of betta's, Cleaning / water changes on dozens of bowls 2 or more times a week could get real old ! As I type this I am beginning to realize why they are kept in little cups as it might be easier to just throw the cup out verses cleaning.
I also just realized the cups would be better as far as spreading disease as if I use divided tanks I am not going to have seperate cleaning brushes & siphon tubes.
I guess as they say writing things out helps you figure things out. Any ideas on how to heat a shelf the cups will be placed on ? I will use much larger cups than you see at the chain stores.