So I started out with a bowl at work like this and noticed Waldo was very lazy and napping most of the time:
So I brought him home and upgraded him to this:
This is the 5 gallon Fluval Chi Tank. Waldo seems much happier and lively but I have questions.
I know Bettas are pretty strong fish most of the time. I'm using distilled water (the tap in my area is very hard). I'm using a Betta conditioner and also one that came with the tank -- can't remember type at the moment.
I have the filter/light system on a 12 hour timer because there is not a light cycle or light switch on this tank to give him day and night cycles. Are there any negatives to doing this?
I've had the tank for about month and the water has stayed pretty crystal clear without changing. Any suggestions on how often filter cartridge changes should be done?
I feed him approx 4-5 pellets of food twice a day and there usually is never any left over but my boyfriend thinks I'm overfeeding.
I'm just curious what's best to keep Waldo healthy without performing the amount of care needed to something like a saltwater tank.
I had a betta long ago that lived about 4 years with just weekly water changes and no chemicals or filters so I know that they are pretty easy to keep happy & healthy but have never done so with a filtered tank.