I am curious if anyone has studied the native habitat (in Thailand?) of the betta. What fish are in that habitat? Or are bettas simply solitary not only with regard to bettas but with other animals?
I have a ten gallon tank and have had a male betta in it for a year and a half. There are currently two apple snails in it and a ton of black, pond snails. I feel terrible for this betta. I don't really have much time to spend hanging out with him, apart from a few minutes when I feed him. He does seem to enjoy the feeding time and having some time to interact. I do try to spend a few minutes during the feeding hanging out.
If I could put in some other animals that would be companions for him (to make the environment more entertaining), that would be a good idea, I think.
So, I was thinking that maybe some Thai species might be something to think about?
I've done a bunch of looking in general for what fish enjoy living with bettas, but I have not really seen any info on what bettas have evolved living with.
I suppose this could include fish and larger animals, but maybe also water bugs, snails?
One thing I have tried recently is this neat video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9cxIgjG-tx0
. It's a rice paddy at night (in Japan). I play it for an hour at night.
I can post a separate thread for suggestions on tankmates in general (or maybe do some more browsing), but if you feel like giving any ideas that would be great.
I have a medium-gravel bed, with a couple broad-leafed plants. There are some hiding toys/decorations. There is a betta log. And there are some floating plants as well. The temperature is around 74º F. I use a carbon-filter water filter. I turn it off at night occasionally. I do a 10% water change every week or two. But I do not monitor levels of stuff in the tank. I just bought a gravel vacuum.