I had one betta a few days ago, but I decided to rescue anther from Petsmart the other day
One of my bettas is in a 2.5 gallon tank, the other in a 1.75 gallon bowl.
I've only been into bettas less than three weeks, but I'm really enjoying them. I have read at numerous places they need a heater. Yet, these fish are defined as 'hardy' by many. I am assuming with the definition, I heater isn't necessarily needed but vastly prefered?
I've had my one betta for a couple of weeks now. I hasn't had a heater the whole time but he has been thriving. He went from a pale whiteish red to a deep red with blue sparkles in his fins and on his body. He is obviously doing very well. Or at least that is what I am thinking. He's very active in his tank and is very curious. Whenever I walk over to his tank, he alwalys swims up and looks at me with curiosity. He's a very inquisitive little guy.
I got my other betta at Pestmart. I've only had him two days and the poor little guy is still skittish. The other one warmed up to me much faster.
My question is, do any of you other betta owners out there not use a heater? I still intend to get one, but only after the holidays. I figure they are both better off with me anyways rather than being in a little cup like they were at the store.
Does anyone else not use a heater and their betta is doing really good? I'd just like to know how you guys fare that way. Has your betta been doing good for a while? I don't mind buying two heaters, but I afraid of accidently cooking them. I heard it can happen. One seems to be happy without the heater, the other is skittish (I am sure he'll get more comfy soon, poor guy).