I'm a college student, and I am planning on getting a betta roommate at the start of the school year. (I have two goldfish, but their 40 gallon tank can't make the trip with me). I have a 2.5 gallon tank for my new friend, but I'm not going to buy him until I'm already settled in, to spare him the stressful trip. I'd love a white or black veiltail, but I doubt Petsmart will have anything so fancy. The most important thing is that he's healthy.
I'm not really familiar with the filter protocol for bettas. I was thinking of stuffing some cycled media into a floss cartridge and sticking an air tube into that. Should that work? What kind of water changes would that setup require?
The other thing is a heater. Heaters make me really nervous. I keep hearing about fish getting fried when they explode or whatever. Do you guys have a good, safe brand you can recommend?
I'm really excited to be here, and I can't wait to meet all of you!