Hi again! Just in case you didn't see my reply in the other thread, I'm reposting it here :)
A few notes:
- If you can afford it, a larger tank with a filter and a heater is recommended. Larger tank means more swimming room, hiding spots, and reduced maintenance. Everyone has their own opinions on minimum tank size. Personally, I wouldn't go for anything less than 2.5 gallons but that's just me :>
- Regardless, attention to water quality is THE most important thing to remember. In a 1 gallon UNfiltered tank it is recommended that you do 100% water changes every day or 50% one day, 100% next. Bigger tanks mean less water changes. For example, Oldfishlady (patron saint of betta fish on this forum) says that a 1.5 to 3 gallon filtered tank should have 50% water changes twice a week.
- A heater is also extremely important - even more so than a filter. Bettas are tropical fish and require a water temperature of 76 to 83 degrees. Depending on where you live, this may not be an issue (i.e., you live some place where it is that temperature year round).
- Invest in an in-tank thermometer - the floaty ones or the ones with the suction cup so that you can monitor the temperature. The ones that stick to the outside of the tank are inaccurate/hard to read.
- Betta's do not require much to eat - their stomach is roughly the size of their eyeball. Depending on the individual betta fish, they should be fed 4 to 5 pellets a day, spread out. In place of the pellet feedings, frozen brine shrimp and frozen bloodworms can be offered. These can be found at fish/pet stores, local or big chain ones like Petsmart. It is recommended that bettas have a varied diet of small quality meals throughout the day or as best you can according to your schedule. Live food is tasty to them, but it's not a requirement unless you're wanting to breed them. Also beware of freeze-dried food (not the same as frozen!) - it should only be offered occasionally (once a week) and in small amounts.
- Salt is not to be added to the tank unless you are treating them for a condition (see the Betta Diseases forum for more information). However, it is a good idea to have Aquarium Salt and Epsom Salt on hand in case you ever do need to treat Alec for something.
- For more information on setting up the tank and other Betta tips/info, read this excellent how-to article on your new betta
- Good luck, and again, welcome! :)