I've had a betta for about a week now, and he's in a one-gallon tank, which I have come to realize is woefully inadequate for such an active fish! However, I'm a graduate student on a tight budget. I'd like to get a three- or five-gallon tank (five gal is the max my apartment complex will allow without paying extra money on my lease). Does anyone have any advice on a good three- to five-gallon tank kit that will not be super expensive to maintain? (I'm willing to pay a bit extra upfront in order to save time/money on maintenance in the future!)
Thanks, frogipoi! I'm doing tons of research because Amadeus (my precious betta) was an unexpected addition to my family and I had no idea what to do with a betta! He was used as a decoration at a wedding reception, and the maid of honor wanted to flush him at the end, but no way would I stand for that! I grew up with all kinds of pets and can't even imagine trashing a living creature like that!
I feel bad for Amadeus, because I know I don't yet have all the supplies he really needs, but I am accumulating stuff as quickly as I can, and doing hours of research to meet his needs. These forums have been a lifesaver, everyone has been so nice and helpful, I don't know what I'd do without you all!
You should check around on your local craigslist/kijiji/freecycle. Small tanks come up all the time. If you want to buy new, I suggest buying online from Foster and Smith Aquatics or Big Al's--shipping is very reasonable flat rate, and the prices are much better than what you'd find in pet stores.
Please research the nitrogen cycle and how to cycle a tank fishlessly before you put your fish in.
I don't know if you have a Meijers close to you, but they have a 5 gallon tank there for $9. It sadly doesn't come with a hood, but if you are really broke I am sure you can make a make-shift cover from craft mesh or something until you have enough money for a hood :)
I've found a Marineland Eclipse System 3 online for $36, which is just inside my budget, but I don't know much about aquariums. Is this a good one? The online reviews seem very favorable, I just want to be sure I'm getting a quality product...
GREAT news! My parents have decided to buy me a new aquarium (up to $50) as a present to Amadeus! I am THRILLED and I know Amadeus will love it, too. I am now considering a 5-gallon tank, my only concern is finding a place to put it. Does anyone know how heavy a full five-gallon tank is??