Hello, my name is Brittany. I'm newer to the world of betta keeping and hope to continue my education on how to properly care for the betta I bought as a sympathy purchase (shame on me) from Walmart. My fiancÚ and I decided to name him Junior because I was naturally calling him that when I was carrying him around the store. Junior currently lives in an Aqueon Mini Bow 2.5 with the filter that came with the tank, a heater, and the decorations I bought at Pet Supplies Plus today. He seems very active and happy in this setup, however, I intend to put my 10 gallon tank to use in the future once I have the money for dividers (I think it would look silly having a single betta in such a large tank) and extra decorations.
I've done a fair amount of research about housing a betta, but there seems to be a lot of conflict when it comes to the minimum size tank that a betta should be put in. One side says that a betta should be fine in a 2.5 gallon while the other says that a 2.5 gallon is cruel just like the little cups that they come in and that a 5 gallon is the absolute minimum. It's these complications that confuse me. Am I being cruel by keeping my betta in a 2.5 gallon? I do a 100% water change once a week (on Sundays) to help keep the tank clean and the temperature is kept at a constant 82░F, if that's of any importance.