I've been all over the internet with questions, but I usually get scolded whenever I ask them. This forum seemed pretty cool... I hope I can get some at least kindly worded answers, haha!
I have a 2.5 gallon tank with a heater, no filter. This is the point where people get upset with me. "YOU NEED AT LEAST 5 GALLS FOR A BETTA!!!! ARG YOU MONSTER" and "zomg all fish need filters, you dunce." Honestly, 2.5 is a lot better than what most bettas get as sad as that is. I'm going to do my best with it.
There will be one fish with a silk plant or two and a fixture to hind in. I'll have gravel or rocks on the bottom, which I'll buy a vacuum for to clean.
Now for my questions:
How often should I clean a 2.5 gallon, unfiltered tank? As it stands, I want to do a 50% once a week for two weeks, and on the third week a 100%. I don't know if that is good or not, which is why I am asking. Totally, 100% going to listen to what you guys have to say about this one! :)
How do I make spring water safe for a betta? Unfortunately, the water where I live is just impossible to work with. Anyone who has ever used it, conditioned or not, has ended up with a dead fish. My friend use spring water by itself and her fish seem healthy and have massive bubble nests. I will be buying three gallons and paying for refills at the store.
Please critique me about the filter and tank size situation if you truly feel like I'm going to regret not upgrading. I am considering getting a filter later on, but I have no idea what to get for a 2.5 gallon tank and honestly I don't want to spend the money on one. That's one of the reasons why I choose a betta. I've heard that they get their oxygen on their own and, as long as I keep the tank clean, I shouldn't need a filter anyway? I don't know... in all honesty, I am a fish rookie and this would be the first one I have taken care of completely on my own.
Thanks in advance for any and all answers!