Originally Posted by swoozie13579
aquarium, mabie 1 or 2 gallon, you dont have to have a filter, but it might be easyer to keep the tank clean if you do, betta food (of corse) , you dont have to have a heater, just make sure you put the aquarium some where where there is light in the house, and make sure its not a drafty area. stick your hand in the cage mabie 1 every two days to make sure its not to cold, but to make it eaiser you could just get a heater. i would say you should put in some mabie real plants or plastic, ( decorations) but its your choice.
thats but all. hope u have fun with your new betta
This is really, really incorrect. 1 gallon is entirely too small, and a 2 to 2.5 gallon should be the minimum for the betta to be housed in. And frequent water changes are a must in a tank that small. You DO have to have a heater, and in such a small aquarium, the flucuation in water temperature will be quicker and more drastic than in a larger aquarium with a larger amount of water. Room temperature flucuations will have a quick impact. A heater will help keep the water temperature stable and warm at all times. Putting the aquarium somewhere in the house where there is light, will do more harm than good because of the drastic temperature ups and downs.
Also, do not stick your hand in the betta's tank to check the temperature, this is a poor way of measuring temperature. Invest in a thermometer for the aquarium so that you can keep an eye on the proper temperature readings.
To the OP, I suggest the 5 gallon aquarium kit at Walmart. It's a 5 gallon glass aquarium, and comes with the filter, filter catridge, light and hood, for only $30. The only thing you'll need to buy is a heater and decorations of your choice.