Originally Posted by binumee
Hi Hector's Mom,
Pl. dont make ur betta scary in ur tank with lot of settings like that - make it a simple settings etc.,
Bettas actually like to have lots of plants and little bits of driftwood etc. to swim around in. They come from rice paddies, ditches and slow-moving streams, and in a bare tank they tend to panic because there's nothing to hide in if they get stressed.
Personally, I would get at least a 2.5 gallon tank and just throw in some java fern/anubias/java moss. I have those plants in my tanks and they get only natural light, an inconsistent fert dose and some excel, and they throw off new leaves every couple of days or so. Plus, real plants soak up nitrates and ammonia, and driftwood provides tannins, and lowers the pH which in turn converts ammonia into its less harmful form of ammonium.
You will definitely need a heater, since in such a small tank without one, the temperature will swing wildly. This can really compromise your betta's health. Plus since betta breathe air from the surface of the water, a vase is a really poor design because of the amount of surface area it has. So a tank is usually much better. It's good to find one that is longer than it is high if possible