Hello! I am the proud fish momma of Alaric (baby betta male, still growing so unsure of tail type at the moment, but a beautiful blend of blue, purple at times, green, and red) and more recently of Gaston (adult orange pineapple VT male). I was planning on upgrading Alaric to a 5 gallon, but that was before I rescued Gaston. Now that I have the two of them I've been going back and forth on whether I should get a 5 gallon to split? Or if I should get a split 10 gallon. I've never had a split tank before so I'm looking for some opinions, advice, and pros/cons from those more experienced than I :)
Before I found Gaston, I was planning on a 5 gallon, so I bought a mini 3 gallon filter because I know bettas don't like a lot of current in their water. If I go with a 10 gallon for the boys, I wouldn't use the 3 gallon filter - but would a normal 10 gallon filter be too strong for them? (Random thought, could there be a potential for two 3 gallon filters in a 10 gallon?) Alaric's still a little guy and just isn't big enough to swim against hardly any current. Any brand recommendations based on whether you think 5 gallon or 10 gallon?
I've got rocks and decorations already - but if I go with a 10 gallon I might pick up a couple more so they aren't struggling to find a place to hide. I also have a 50 watt adjustable heater which I think will work for both a 5 and 10 gallon tank.
As for a divider - I've seen both commercial ones and 'homemade' ones of sorts. Any comments or pros/cons on either of those?
I'm trying to keep things on the cheaper side too, though I will buy what's necessary and best for my boys :)
Sorry for all the questions :) I've had (along with my parents help) freshwater aquariums all my life, but the biggest one I've had on my own is a 2 gallon. None of them were a split tank with bettas either, so this is a bit of an adventure to me. I want to do right by my boys, and get some good experience in now since this is quickly becoming a hobby that I'm finding I really enjoy, and hope to keep it up.
Thank you so much in advance for your time and help!