I'm rather a novice betta owner. I've owned bettas before but at home. We kept four males in a long tank, separated by glass dividers. They got along rather great, until a catfish (I don't know which one) died suddenly and whatever he was infected with killed the entire tank.
Anyway - so I'm in college and yesterday I bought a kit and a male teal betta (delta tail). My friend is currently taking care of him while my aquarium is filtered and prepared. However, my room's heater doesn't work well and a water heater didn't come with my tank. I'm a bit concerned as I know the temperature has to be 76-85 degrees and my room is 70 at best. Is there a small heater I could buy and install to make the temperature more comfortable for Octavius? I'm in a dorm room, so space is rather limited.
This is the tank that I have - ]http://www.walmart.com/ip/3-Gallon-Aquarium-Kit/13448744?povid=cat202074-env237414-module395372-rLink7
I also bought glass stones from PetsMart. I plan on adding a small cave and some artifical plants for Octavius to hide when he needs to.
I've also noticed that he prefers flakes over pellets. I know he needs some variety in his diet or he'll get bored of his food. Any other suggestions? My old bettas all absolutely hated freeze-dried bloodworms. I'm guessing Octavius will too.
His current food - http://www.petco.com/product/3333/Tetra-BettaMin-Tropical-Medley.aspx?CoreCat=FishFC_FishFood[
I bought him this, but he apparently doesn't like it. He didn't touch it at all every time my friend tried to feed him yesterday and earlier this morning. http://www.petco.com/product/9499/Wa...ta%20Food-9499
I'm also considering a companion for him - a Chinese algae eater. Is there any chance that Octavius would attack/bully him or vice versa? My friend has one in his guppy tank and he looks pretty calm. Is the tank big enough for the two of them (It's a 3 gallon) considering one is a bottom feeder.