Hi there, you can call me Lacey. I'll be turning twenty on September 10th, and I'd like to buy my first betta. I've read over a few threads, and studied up a bit and I've decided ( loosely.. ) on a few things. I'd really like your input! I also have a few questions.
I'd like to buy a three gallon tank - do you have any brand suggestions? What kind of heater wattage do I need? If the tank has a built in filter, is that usually sufficient? I'm a little experienced with fresh water plants, ( particularly philodendrons ) are there better species - or ones that I should avoid - for bettas? I usually see gravel 'flooring', is there something else I should use?
Also, about purchasing the actual fish... I tend to be a sucker for the sad looking little guys I see in local pet merchandise stores. Would I be avoiding illness/bad genetics by purchasing from a breeder or trader? Are online sales reputable?
And, though I'm sure some petsmart/wallmart/petco fish are just fine, ours all look pretty bad... some can't submerge completely, some are stuck floating on one side and some even look like they have some kind of algae ( that doesn't seem normal ) hanging off them. The few that don't seem to have these ailments are almost completely inactive and unresponsive. If they're just depressed, or these things are treatable I don't mind taking the time to do so... but is it a lost cause?
Thanks for taking the time to read this. I really do appreciate it. (: