So my dad and stepmom said I could get a betta (well, really any fish, but quite honestly I doubt I'd have room for many other fish). I haven't actually owned a betta in awhile, and there are many different opinions on how to care for them, so I have some questions.
First, the only tank I have is a tank that is slightly over 1 gallon in my bedroom. It has water, a crappy air pump, a light, and a marimo ball taken from an old setup. Provided I could filter and heat it (and there are filters and heaters I've found for tanks this size), would a single betta with no tankmates be healthy and thrive in this setup, or should I just get a bigger tank? I'm really leaning towards getting a bigger tank, like anywhere between 1.5 and 5 gallons with a filter and heater, but I don't know how my parents will react to me wanting another tank. My budget is a little over $50 I believe. What could I get, including the fish, with that? I really trust a lot of the people on this site, and I know I'll get some sound advice here, so thanks a lot, btw.
In a 1G, it's a bit too small for a filter; especially if it might make too much current or whatnot. Whether it's a sponge filter, nonetheless. I think you'll just do better on a bigger tank, less to clean more to swim. :D
Kritter Keepers are really great and cheap. Get large or x large but the plastic wasn't made for water so you'll have to be quite careful in the x large. KKs are around $8-$15 depending on where you live. Or if you want a glass 5G, then that will be around $15.
You'll be able to have a sponge filter and a heater in there. Sponge filter is like $3-$7. Got mine online, I think Hagen is a good brand. For the heater, I use Hydor THEOs but you can also get Visi-therms, Aqueon, and Jager. The heaters are around $20 or so. And then for decorations.. You decide. (: I vote plants, though. And I think that will fit your price range.
1 is about as small as you can go, and you'd be doing a lot of water changes on it. If you *can* go bigger, it would be A) better B) more fun to decorate and C) less water changing.
A 2.5 is pretty good (I have 3 in that range), a 5 would make a betta quite happy. If you could catch the $1 per gallon sale at Petco, a standard 10 would let you expand with a few more fish or divide the tank in the future. 10Gs are not very big. (I had a 10G when I was a teen, loved it!).
If you can, get an adjustable heater that lets you set the temp - you'll probably want to get that online - in store, that will blow half your budget right away. Filter's are not really needed for smaller tanks, but 5+ you should.
The mossball will be a nice addition no matter what tank you end up with.
Wow, those were a lot of quick responses! Anyway, thanks a lot for the advice I've gotten already! I would definitely take you up on the 10 gallon, Shadyr, but sadly the only space I have for a tank is my dresser, so a 2.5 or 5 would probably be the biggest I can do. Anyway, I'll see if my parents are ok with me upgrading to a bigger tank and go from there.
I have a 6.6 on my dresser, but then again, I *am* one of the parents It's probably actually a bigger footprint than a 10.
The 10 I had back in the day had a cheapie black metal stand, so it was free from the constraint having to sit ON something that was already part of the room.
Oh really? Well that gives me a bit of hope then lol. Yeah I literally have nowhere else to put a tank, and me sharing my room with my brother doesn't help at all... So I'm limited to my dresser. I attached a picture of my dresser with the 1 gallon on it as a comparison. What sizes do you think would be ok on this? BTW, I plan on completely clearing this dresser of everything except a tank and the lamp for obvious reasons...
You could put a 2.5 or maybe even a 5 up there easy :)
Oh sweet! I guess I'm more paranoid about weight and have these weird visions of the dresser collapsing if the tank is too heavy lol... I'm insane. But if a tank that size would fit and its weight could be supported then I'll try to convince my parents to let me get a bigger tank. I'll start a budget list to see what I can get (I'm gonna assume the fish is $6 for the sake of finding out what I can afford).