Well Ive been around for a little while now and feel i have learned enough to take on my first Betta. Ive been to Pets@Home (chain store) And my LFS 'Pet-Aqua-spectacular' And have seen some, they both had some lovely fish. The Local LFS has 2 females with guppies i believe, And just one male in around a 600ml tank that isn't heated but was under some red lamps hidden away in an almost drawer ... was not impressed by that, i Thought they were ill fish before i was educated in Betta's because you cant really see in enough to see what breed they were, So i just ignored them, but now i know they sell them i think i may get mine from there. £4.99 for a male. Pets@Home have 2 males in there own tanks that were about 10gallons, i was happy to see this as Ive seen the cups they keep Betta's in in the US where most of you are from and i feel its better to have less variety than a whole host of ill fish.
At the moment i have a 40Gallon with 2 fancy goldfish and 2 commons, Slightly overstocked but they have 2 filters. An African dwarf frog tank with 3 in, ive had these for 9 years and there still going strong! And my recently purchased White cloud minnows, I love these little fish, at the moment i have a school of 8 in a 5 gallon, but im upgrading this weekend as i was never supposed to have them, but i kind of took them by impulse since my friend was moving 200 miles away and couldn't take all his fish so offered me them. Once i get them a 10g the Betta will be kept in the 5 with a heater and filter.
Anything else you guys feel i should know before i take on a betta? I like to know what im getting when i buy any pets. Wether i get a male or female is undecided at the moment, I guess i'l see what i like when it comes to buying.
Will it be okay to use the minnows water to house the betta as it is already cycled and has been running for a few months?