I am new to this forum, and I have done quite a bit of searching here, but I wanted to double check some things!
I had a betta fish several years ago named Puppy (because he acted like one!), and he lived in a ten gallon tank with a filter and a heater (and several African dwarf frogs). He sadly passed away, and I sold my tank before moving.
I have recently purchased a new betta named Vern, and I wanted to make sure that I have an optimal set up for him! I've received and read some conflicting information, so I wanted to ask about......
1. Whether or not I should get a filter! My tank is 2 gallons with a natural rock substrate and a large piece of wood that provides a hiding place. The wood has been boiled many times, but I am still noticing that it creates some very slight discoloration in the water, and have been thinking that this might be reason enough to get a gentle filter. I know bettas don't tend to handle current terribly well, as they are sort of created for standing water, which is why I made sure that my last betta had a 10 gallon tank with his filter! However, do you recommend a filter with a 2 gallon (uncycled) tank?
2. Water changes! I've been doing water changes 1-2 times per week (and never 100% so as not to disrupt the bacteria). Does this sound about right for a tank with no filter currently? I've read conflicting information about this......
Thank you for your help!