Hey, I've had bettas in the past, but none in a while(I mostly do marine tanks now). I just set-up this tank because I missed having a tank in my room. I wanted something fairly low maintenance. After looking at an empty tank for about 2 weeks I got bored and bought a betta on a whim.
The goal is to keep the tank clean and simple looking, I hate visual noise. Although I also want to make sure there is enough hiding as well. Opinions?
In the tank now is:
-Black sand substrate (a real pain i have to vacuum it daily cuz the poos stick out like sore thumbs)
-Elite stingray 5
-bubble stone (only on during the day)
-Tetra 50W submersible heater(pre-set to 78 )
-fake stone and plants, all soft to the touch
-tiny Coralife light i had kicking around from an old pico-reef i had set-up at one point
Bettas don't need a bubbler, so if you really wanted to, you could bet rid of that.
I personally don't think there are enough hiding spots. There's nothing a betta could really hide in/ under. I got a bridge thing from Petsmart that is pretty small, but my bettas both enjoyed hiding inside of it.
What's with everyone having plants sticking to the side? I have never seen anything like that before I came onto this site.
Oh, you will probably need to take some panty hose (I heard some people use toilet paper) and run them along the plants. Both of them look sharp. If the panty hose rips, then it's too sharp for bettas.
The bubbler is more for me, but the betta does seem to enjoy playing in the bubbles.
I like the idea of the bridge, one of my previous bettas died because it got stuck in the tinny hole in a clay flower pot, so i don't want that again.
As to why the plant it on the side, I really don't have a good answer. It came with a suction cup, so i just assumed, plus it helps to break up the bubbles, and hide some equipment.
I was concerned about the plants when i first saw them, but they are made from a soft rubber not plastic.I will however pull one out and test it like you said, although i will have to use tp cuz i don't own panty hose
I think your tank looks fine!! I like the black sand. :)
The only thing you should worry about is the plant that is attached to the side of the tank. It looks a little sharp, but your the best judge of that. As for caves, you can get a terra cotta pot, then maybe put a little piece of sponge in the whole to keep your betta from getting stuck, or just put it upright, I did that for a few of mine and they love it!
Or, I think this little decoration would look great in your tank:
I couldn't find it on petsmart's website, but I KNOW they sell it there. :) It is the little lantern thing on the right side of the tank.
I have seen that decoration on their website! Now that I look at it in an actual tank, I might have to buy it. It would look good with some java fern all around it. I might have to go to petsmart again so I can get some more plants.
Freckles loved the little bridge. One day I couldn't find her, so I sat there starring at my tank, and all of a sudden she poped out from under the bridge..
I think all you need is another decoration. Maybe a plant.