Hello everyone! My name is Danielle and I'm a new to all of this. I bought my Betta fish, Ralphie, from a college fundraiser last week and now I'm attached. I've had him in his tank for about a week. It is a one gallon tank, and there are glass stones on the bottom and a silk flower. I also have a lilly pad on the top that he loves to blow bubbles around. I use a tap water purifier (not sure if that's exactly what its called, but they are drops that make tap water safe for fish) Anyway, I have a few questions for you all.
Should I get him another tank? I've noticed that many of you keep your bettas in larger tanks, and I don't want to be cruel to Ralphie by leaving him in the one I have him now if it's not right for him.
Do I absolutely need a heater? I've heard mixed views on this. Some people I know say their bettas are fine without them, but I've read otherwise.
I've been cleaning his tank as so (please don't yell at me if this is wrong but I need to know now if it is bad): I've been filling a gallon water jug with tap water, putting the conditioner in and letting it sit for 24 hours. After the 24 hours, I put Ralphie in a little holding tank while I clean out his, including the glass stones and the little flowers. Then I dump the tap water that has sat for 24 hours into his larger tank and then replace the stones and plant. Once that is done, I put him in. Is this ok to do?
Here is a picture of his tank before I put him in it. Please let me know if this tank is acceptable.
Also, I am a little concerned because his top fin is curled over. In fact, I am worried about all of his fins. I've read some things about fin diseases and I would like someone to tell me if Ralphie's fins look ok. Here he is:
Sorry for all that information, I just want to make sure I'm taking care of him properly. He is pretty active and goes crazy when he sees me or my family come into my room. He eats well and gets excited at feeding time. I've grown really attached to him in only a week and want to make sure I can give him the best home possible, so any help would be greatly appreciated! Ralphie and I thank you =)