Here are the options for my betta tank set-up. I don't know which would be the best, easiest, or over-all lowest cost so how about you guys help me out?
1) $20-Light, filter, 1 gallon tank.
Will need to purchase accessories for but a small bag of sand is $3 and there are some nice soft plants on sale for around $2 a piece. I think I could easily decorate this tank nicely at about $8.
2) $14-Only 2.5 gallon tank.
Same as above with decorations. I wouldn't have a hood, light, or filter as compared to above. Just the tank for that. BUT, I do have lamps and such to use high above, for $8 or something I can buy a hood (w/o light) or just use seran wrap until something goes on sale, and I wouldn't mind cleaning the tank every other day. Worth the extra space?
3) $20-Similar to #1, under-gravel filter, air pump, light hood, and 2 gallon tank.
Decorations the same as above approx. Downside is I'd love to use sand (I've always used gravel and would like to see if I enjoy sand better) and can't use that with the under-gravel filter.
4) $9- Approx 1 gallon. (Tiny bit less with decorations.) Comes with hood.
Would have to use a lamp, and would have to do daily 50% water changes and fully clean every other day.. Decorations would be pretty cheap like #1.
What would be the least stressful for myself, and would be the best for my future fish? #3 seems great but I was set on that sand... Maybe I could get rid of that filter and use it in my 5 gallon and purchase a different filter? It's easy to find $10 filters and such...
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