Okay, so, I'm not a newbie to fish keeping, I grew up with reef tanks. I started keeping freshwater fish in high school, mainly S. American blackwater tanks. <3
But, I recently moved, and had to leave my tank behind, and now I want to try my hand at keeping a betta. I have thought about it before, and have done some research in the past.
I went to the LFS, and looked around at some tanks. An employee approached me, and asked me if I needed any help, I told her I was looking for a 5 gallon tank. She asked me what I planned on putting in it, and I told her I was going to get a betta.
Well she didn't like that. She went off about how thats too big, and the betta wont like it, and that I need to put a betta in a small bowl. She brings me over to a section of very decorative urine-sample-sized containers, and told me that bettas should be kept in one of them, not a tank.
I asked her how I was supposed to put a filter and a heater in something that small, and she said that heaters and filters are bad for bettas, and that they will kill them.
Well, thats why I never listen to pet store employees.
I still have no tank. Someone has a 2.5 gal mini bow aquarium kit that they are going to give me, for free!
Some people say that that is good enough for one betta. Is it really? Do they make heaters for tanks that small?
I'm not so sure, so I figured I would ask.