I've been bitten by the betta bug and I am considering a larger 40 or 55 gallon tank for my 2nd betta. I have the perfect spot for one in my living room. I would like to have multiple tankmates, live plants, etc. What I would like to do, is find out what options I have and see if I can put something together out of those options.
Here are my questions and thanks in advance for your advice and input.
1. I'm leaning towards a 55g and I would like to have a good variety of fish (appearance/color, attitude, etc) in the tank. Is this feasable with a male betta or would I just be putting him into a stressful situation? I'd like to tailor the tank, plants and mates around a male betta.
2. If this is feasable, can you recommend some fish for me to research that would be compatible tankmates for a betta? I'm not too familiar with freshwater species.
3. Are there any manufacturers that you would recommend to buy or stay away from as far as kits? Such as Marineland, Aqueon, Tetra, etc...
I just saw an Aqueon 55 gallon kit on sale for $120. It may have been Marineland, I'll check again this weekend. Are there any recommended kits, that maybe need a better filter, or heater, etc... some place that would be a good starting point with one upgrade? If that makes sense
4. Depending on cost, I may consider piecing a tank together, which I'm sure would provide better equipment in the long run. What would you recommend as the better brand heater, filter, tank, hood, etc.
If a 55 tank is an option with a betta, I would like to pick one up and get started soon, so I can properly cycle the tank while I work on the extras.
I'm guessing the main factor will be what tankmates are compatible with temp, lighting, etc.