I have three bettas, two boys and a girl. Each of them had a bowl with glass "jewels" and a castle, and my eldest, Wally, had grown so alarmingly since I brought him home a year ago that I decided to get him a tank when I saw them on sale at Petsmart yesterday. But I figured the other two would grow, too, now that they're out of those ridiculous tiny cups, so I got tanks for Marty and Ellie, too. And some plastic plants. And more jewels. The woman at the register told me they'd be "scared of all that space" but that's silly and they weren't. Marty was suspicious, but that's just his personality. He's fine now. He reminds me of my parrots. If you put a new toy or, heaven forbid, a new CAGE in their lives, they think it's a monster at first. He wasn't that bad, but he did sort of sit by his familiar castle and not move for a few minutes, until curiosity drove him to swim around and explore. And he's very happy to have plants.
When they lived in bowls, I changed their water completely every three days or so. I figured with 2.5 gallon tanks, I won't need to change so often and I suppose time will tell what schedule to follow, but I'm thinking once a week might suffice, especially with Ellie, who's tiny. What do you think?
I bought Wally on a whim because I couldn't stand to see them in those tiny cups, and after having him for a year, I got Marty a couple of months ago, and then got Ellie a couple of weeks ago. I didn't really plan to have a fish village. It just happened.
They all seem very pleased with their new digs, even tiny Ellie. You'd think if anybody was going to be "scared by all that space," it would be her. Nah. She's zooming around in there as if she'd just been waiting to move into it all along.