I don't like it when people post pictures of their betta/tanks, and people post things like, "Oh, you don't have a heater?" and "That's way too small!!!" When the tank is perfect size for them to thrive. A lot of people on here think that their fish will die in 2 gals. Ugh. I don't need people to post saying "oh, i don't do that" or "people have a right to their opinion!" I know they do, I'm not stupid. It does makes me mad though when people try to post nice pictures and share their betta, and all others do is judge because their tank isn't as nice as theirs, and they might have a few things that you would have on your tank.
>3> Lui will admit to not having a heater in any of her tanks. Dx bad Lui!i HAD one, though. Chappy had it, since i wanted to take the best care of her i could, since i got her as a month-old Fry. then, i let my mom use it for her tetras, and it freaked out and boiled them. ._____. it was NOT nice to check on them, feel the tank is freakishly warm, find them dead, and the water at 90F. Dx
as for tank size, i TRY to give my boys and girls at least 2 gallons, but i have agoraphoci Lulu, and Chappy, who's content in her 1.5
Thanks for saying that Jessabell.
Most of us are on a limited income. We just want a swimmy companion and hope we are doing the best with what we have. Upgrades can come later.
LuiMerl My guy doesnt like his rock mound cave I dropped in yesterday. I will be getting some more plants soon to replace it. They do have preferences!
Your welcome, pinksnowme. I completely agree with what you said. Oh, yes fish have preferences! My boyfriends sisters betta that I just gave away only likes ONE cove, and he won't use any others. lol. NO matter what.
When I first joined, I had my girls in bowls, without a heater. I got them a heater and thermometer at the same time. As I suspected, my room was warm enough without a heater to keep the bettas warm.
Three of my tanks have heaters, but one of them doesn't and the little guy who's in it is perfectly fine. He's even MORE active than some of my bettas that DO have heaters.
I agree that some fish don't NEED large tanks. Some people have limited income, and can't afford all the "extras". My betta, Spazz, is quite content with living in a 1.7 gallon tank. He's happy, he builds bubble nests, greets me everyday, flares like crazy. If the betta is happy and healthy, I think its fine. I think size IS important, but I also think maintaining the tank, cleaning, feeding etc, is MORE important.
I think the too small and needs a heater thing is mostly talked about tanks under a gallon. Those it's a requirement since betta's are cold-blooded. I had to actually tell people on DeviantART who said a 1.5 was too tiny that I tried to get them minibows but that my mom nearly took my head off.
I like to give my bettas at least 2 gallons, but I think that if you willing to do the extra water changes until a larger tank is in you budget go ahead, The fish are being given better care then most who are purchased from stores already anyway :)