Hey there, guys.
Okay, so I got myself a new betta last night. I also posted a thread earlier that day about the tank I accidentally washed with a semi-soapy sponge about how to properly rid the tank of the chemicals so it wouldn't get harmful to him at all. All great advice; I plan on taking it but I have a few questions about actually housing a betta in a tank rather than a bowl, which is what I have him in now until this whole tank situation is figured out.
The tank is ten gallons, I believe. I've had it for a while so I can't remember for sure but all the tanks I looked at in the store that were about the same size were ten gallons. I'm going to measure though.
1.) Gravel vacuum?
I keep reading about gravel vacuums. I don't really own one but it's in all the reading I've been doing while researching on how to properly care for a tank-housed betta. Is there any way to get around having to buy that at all or is it a completely necessity?
Again, in all the reading I've been doing, I'm getting mixed vibes. I know in like... bowls and such, they're not needed and that they need to be on a low setting any how but are they absolutely needed for a tank of this size? I've been using a water conditioner; will that be enough?
3.) Tank mate?
I know bettas are solitary creatures by nature so I wouldn't want you know... a school of fish. But maybe one tetra or something? Would that be recommended with a male betta in a ten gallon tank? And if I do put a tank mate like a tetra in there, would the water conditioner be enough to sustain the tetra as well or would I in that case have to get a filtration system installed?