I have a pretty blue betta in a 1.5 gallon tank at the middle school I work at. I had originally bought a beta bowl but took it back because it was stupidly small.
I thought I was being a good betta owner with 1.5 gallons and a filter. They say 1 inch of fish = 1 gallon and he fits well. Importantly for me, he fits into this environment with minimal fuss. It's large enough that kids can't lift the tank but small enough that I can deal with it.
My kids are in a "name the fish" contest and I'm not sure he will survive to be named. He HAS perked up more today than I've seen in a while. I gave him a water change over the weekend.
he HATES the darn pellets I got him and I, of course, did not scoop them out so his tank got messy within a week. I found somewhere that a betta's stomach is roughly the size of his eye and that helped me remember how much to feed. Freeze dried worms also helped. Can he just eat those? Or should I rotate?
I thought a filter would be a good idea so I got a tank setup with filter(Tetra care whisper filter from Walmart). It's pretty powerful and causes a lot of movement in the water. I now leave it off most the time in fear of wearing him out. Still, I'd like to have it to clean his water. Can I turn it off at night to avoid a fatigued or vaccuumed betta, but turn it on during the day to help circulate the water? I don't want to poison my betta either. I will only be able to do a water change on weekends, so I like to have the filter.
3) ich and tail rot.
I'm using QuICK Cure, which says it will cure ICK in 3 days. Um, not so. I removed the carbon from the filter in hopes it will help. ingredients: formalin
One drop per gallon per day.
Um, I have a 1.5 gallon tank and can't do half a drop. Will two drops be bad? One isn't cutting it.
Tail rot is new. I discovered it today. Crap.
4) I suspect these are all a function of:
my betta is cold.
I bought a thermometer yesterday and it reads a consistant 68-70
my Jungle Labs quick dip test strips (say that 10 times fast) showed me nitrate levels of about zero (new water) hardness of 75 or so (tending to go harder, not softer)
alkalinity of around 120 or so
ph between the 7.2 - 7.8 rating, so neutral, tending to alkaline. I am not sure how old my Ph reducer is so I'm afraid to use it at this point.
Poor popsicle betta. But now I'm stuck. I can only find heaters for tanks sized 2 gallons or larger. I don't really _want_ to invest in a new tank, plus the fact that his 1.5 gallon tank can be lifted safely above the grabbing fingers of middle schoolers (special ed middle schoolers). There is no way I could lift a larger tank.
But I refuse to let him freeze to death either.
Or cook betta and school with too-larger heater.
I think I know my answer. I will get a larger tank with a heater. there's no way to cheat safely with the 2 gallon heater, is there?
What do I look for, though, in terms of filter? This one is too large, I can tell that by how happy he is today that I've turned it off. I really want a filter because it's a school and changing the water here in a bathroom sink is MAJOR operation.
Thanks for the help.