So I bought Zero (lovingly nicknamed little creep
because of the way he stares at people when they sleep) about a month ago and he was living in a 2.5 gallon tank. I have fallen in love with this little fish and decided to get him a new home yesterday. I went to an aquarium store to talk to the workers about what would be best for him. First off they tried to sell me a vase! and this isn't just a pet store it's a huggge fish/aquarium/specialty store! I politely declined and decided to go with a 5.5 gallon. They told me that I shouldn't get a tank that big because it disorients bettas who prefer to live in smaller spaces. They were down selling me which I thought was strange because wouldn't they want to sell more expensive things?
I went with my instinct and bought the 5.5 gallon anyway and have filled it with lots of things to keep Little Creep occupied. I think my favorite thing in the world is watching him explore a new home and swim through all the plants and in find his new favorite hiding places.
Anyway, my questions...
*Is a 5.5 gallon okay?
*I have a heater, top fin betta water conditioner, pellets, and freeze dried bloodworms as treats. Is there anything else I need to provide him with to keep him happy and healthy?
*Is is possible to "overplant" a tank? Is there too much stuff in Little Creep's home?
*I don't overfeed, 2 pellets in the AM and 2 at night but his tummy gets round. I skip feeding one day a week as well and when I look at him he still appears overfed?
*I don't have a filter but I do weekly water changes, but his water gets cloudy a day or two after I clean it. Does anyone know why? All the plants, gravel, decorations, etc... have been properly cleaned.
*Also, he never flares, that's okay... right?
I bought this little guy because he was inches away from dying at the pet store, I could barely get him to move in his little cup and I couldn't just leave him there. I never thought that fish had such monumental personalities but he really has character- he's so curious and clever, I couldn't be happier that he's in my life.