I've just started a new 5gallon betta tank and was wondering if anyone had any suggestions of what to add so that my new betta will be happy.
Right now I have two small anubius plants and a ball of moss. I've got a black background (the betta will be all white) and black gravel substrate. I don't have a filter baffle, and my filter seems to have a very strong current. (I tried making my own out of a plastic bottle and failed miserably. I think the water level is too high for that.)
I have been searching for some kind of cave for him to hide in, but all of the artificial cave type decorations seem to have sharp or jagged edges. (Just how smooth does the edge have to be in order to be betta safe?)
Some preset heaters dont actually heat that well, so be sure to moniter the temperature with an aquarium thermometer (2$) to be sure it stays above 77 and no hotter than 82. :) I'd certainly add some more hiding places. Maybe driftwood? Hm...
Oh, also, every betta is different, but he will likely see himself in the reflection on the black background, so just watch for if he's flaring excessively at it :)
A heater is a necessity too. Wal-mart has these rainbow colored caves that are perfect for bettas, and like $2.
1.97 and the holes in some might not work for bettas but most will, wal-mart has been the only place to find inexpensive caves, i know my petco didnt have much.
i bought that same heater and it didnt work =/ the light for heating never came on and i waited like 8 hours. i found zoo med has a nice little flat one, and petco sells one like that as well, i like those they can be hidden easy and keep the tanks at a nice temp
Last edited by MaggieLynn; 07-14-2011 at 12:43 AM.
i suggest 2 things... 1 a lilly bulb plant, also a Moss Ball, ive got one in both my 10g, not only does my betta and snail's love the dam thing, it helps starve out algae .... (my snail will push the thing around the tank, climb all over it and everything thing else
You can also get 4" sword plants at Pestmart (lol, I meant to type petsmart but the employees can be pests so I'll leave it xD) for about $5 or so. I love the moss balls, but I don't wanna pay $9 for it ><;
The lilly bulbs, as recommended by Roy, and the other bulb plants that wal-mart sells (appo-something or other) also grow very fast and do quite well! :)