Hey everyone, I am new here and have just set up my first betta tank I can actually be somewhat proud of(pictures below). I have started doing a lot of research lately and had a few questions I wanted to ask.
To start I have a CrownTail Betta and his name is Marshall.
Here is my first time actual setup(not some little cheap plastic tank), it is a 2.5 Gallon. It has a glass lid also. I was wondering if anyone has any opinions about it, anything that I could add, change, remove etc...
I am going to be buying a heater soon but I am not sure what type to get and there is not a day that does not go by where I feel bad for the poor guy. I also plan on buying two snails to keep the tank clean and free of algae, good idea or bad idea? Any other ideas on good fish to add I don't want him to be to lonely.
I have heard alot about TopFin and how bad the company is. How the food is poor in nutrition, the tanks are weak(mine is a TopFin, I couldn't find a 2.5 from Hagen). As well I have heard that the decorations fade quickly and need quick replacing). I am really leaning towards that being the true side despite how often I buy their products, any confirmations, horror stories or proof?
I plan on not adding a filter but am very scared not do due the amount of water, that is where my snails come into play but I know they wont be enough. Would changing about two cups full of water (5%ish) a day help in keeping the water clean do the job for the filter. I would take two cups of tap water each day and add enough bowl conditioner, leave it for 24hours and repeat each day).
Also what is cultured gravel and how much better is it than TopFin's Premium Quality Aquarium Gravel. Or Natural Gravel. Also how important is a gravel vacuum going to be for this type of set up.
Would a Bine Shrimp Net be a better idea for Marshall as it looks a lot softer and possibly hurt his fins less, how bad is a normal fish net going to be for he little guy.
One last thing, thank you so much. I know I asked a lot but this is the best place on the internet to start asking.