Hello! We have a little 2.5gallon tank set up with a wee internal air-driven filter (the package claimed it was for up to 3 gallons). It's had 4 nickel-sized mystery snails in it for a couple of weeks, I've been feeding them vegetables and siphoning out the snail poop with a turkey baster.
My daughter wanted a fishtank in her room, so on her birthday (yesterday) we brought home a male betta (Indigo), a little package of hikari gold betta pellets, and a 10 gallon tank.
Indigo went into the 2.5gallon, and he seemed much happier than he was in his cup. He was swimming around, checking out his new home.
I have a bit of confusion since the little cup that Indigo came in said to feed him 2-3 times per week, but the hikari gold betta food package said to feed him 2-3 times per day! Quite a difference there...
Also, what size heater would Indigo need for a 10gallon tank, or for the little 2.5 if we wanted to keep it set up and get him a girlfriend? I'm planning to make a little wooden hood with a spiral CF bulb or two so we can keep some plants. I figured I'd just move the filter to the 10 when we moved indigo (of course the snails would need to go with if I moved the filter).
Living in arizona our house stays pretty warm, but I'm planning to pick up a wee heater ASAP just as soon as I figure out how many watts I need!
If I upgrade the filter, is there a point where it's too big for Indigo to build a bubble nest? It's a little too soon to be planning for a girlfriend, but I think my daughter would really enjoy seeing him build a nest once he gets settled into the 10gallon tank.
Finally, what sort of buddies would be appropriate to keep in the 10 gallon tank? I wouldn't want anything that would bother the Betta, since he's the main attraction.