Originally Posted by Nowaykittay
I'm getting extremely frustrated with my 2.5 g tank. Ive gone on other forums when googling betta questions and I've gotten yelled at for having such a small tank
I feel awful if its too small but I've also heard its fine for just one betta
I'm just not sure. Bubblegum seems happy, he's very active, takes naps on his leaf and heater, he blows huge bubble nests, he's constantly rolling the algae ball around his tank, but I really worry its just not enough space. Ive looked for silk plants but I can't seem to find any that don't have exposed metal so I buy him real plants and I got that stupid red bridge that does nothing but take up precious space. I feel like an awful fish momma and I think I'm in over my head with such a small tank. No matter how many water changes I do the water stays cloudy (hence the marimo ball) and it drives me nuts. If I didn't have mollies and platties in the 20 g I'd move him to that tank
I've thought of adding a snail or shrimp to help with the cloudiness but I don't know if that would just take away more of his space. Please help!
From seeing the picture of your tank you seem like a great "fish mama"! As well from your description it seems your fish is healthy and having a jolly good time! I also love your little glass jar with plants; it's very cute and seems cozy!
A 2.5 gallon tank is enough for one Betta fish. My Betta fish is in a 2.5 gallon tank and has been in one for the past 4 months. If you carry out the proper maintenance and care, your fish will live healthy as mine has.
For silk plants without metal parts in them try out the Fluval series called "realistic" or something like that. I have 2 plants by them and they have no metal parts and the silk leaves are gentle on Betta so they do not hurt themselves and they don't tear their fins.
Another approach would be to make your own silk plant decorations. I made a couple of pieces using a fake bouquet bought from a dollar store. I took out the leaves from the plastic covered metal stems and I attached them to pieces of plastic (water safe type) by simply passing them through a small hole I made in the plastic base. I also made my own "leaf hammock". Make sure to test out the leaves in water for a period of a day or two first, to make sure that the colouring from the leaves does not leech into the water. In total I made my plants for the cost of $1.00 CAD; if I bought them they would be around $12.00 CAD. The great thing about making your own is that you can style them the way you want it!
Real plants are definitely the way to go in terms of improving the water quality. Even though 2.5 gallons may seem small I recommend adding a filter. I have a filter running in my tank and along side the regular water changes/substrate vacuuming, the water is crystal clear. There are plenty of small filters out there that will fit and clean a tank of your size. I have the Tetra Whisper 3i
filter in my tank and it works and cleans like a charm. Many people say that that specific filter is "garbage" but I have found it on the contrary. It is important to try out things for yourself as not every piece of equipment is the same and no two tanks are the same.
I don't recommend adding any more creatures in your tank as 2.5 gallons is not enough to be able to support healthily your fish and the new creatures.
Here is my tank in comparison. It's a 2.5 gallon as it is the only tank size that will fit in this only "free" space in the house.
*Also don't mind the bubbles; I just did a full cleaning and 100% water change; they usually go away after a day.