Originally Posted by LittleBettaFish
Whatever towel you have on hand should be fine.
Perhaps see if anyone on the forum has a heater cheap/free that you could use. People who own a lot of fish tend to accumulate a lot of stuff. I sold a whole garbage bag full of aquarium heaters to someone once.
Otherwise maybe check on the local classifieds or Craiglist. Sometimes you can pick up whole tank set-ups (heater included) for the price of a brand new heater as second hand tanks (at least here) are not really a hot commodity.
I wish a lot more places were upfront with what a betta actually needs. While they are one of the lower maintenance fish available, they are not 'no maintenance' fish. Something like a heater should be one of the first things someone brings up when discussing bettas. As they are really no different in their needs from any of the other tropical fish sold in the trade.
I'm a little worried about wrapping the towel just because he slammed against the sides when the tank was covered by hand with no movement. I dont know if its a sensory thing or what. Is that normal?
I'm going to do all that I can to get that heater. I'm actually pretty mad that Petco told me just to put it in this tank, feed it 3 times a week, ad change water once a week. This was really exciting for me. First pet on my own and I wasn't even intending on buying on straight off just wanted to know cost. But for some reason I just have to have West. Like that was it, he was the one.
It's why I want to keep him happy and comfortable.