Hey guys I'm LV. I don't have my betta yet but I have been looking around various petshops near me for the perfect little boy. Before I bring him home I would like his tank already set up for him and ready to go. I don't plan on getting him until a little after thanksgiving. I have a few questions as far as setup and companions and such so here I go. Hopefully I will get all the info I need here for a happy fish.
Tank size. Alright I keep mice as pets and I keep three girls in a 20 snake tanks and one girl (too aggressive with other mice) alone in a 10 gallon tank so I virtually have a good understanding of fish tank size. Would a betta do better in a 10 or 20 gallon fish tank or should I go larger?
What do I need in the tank? I know I need something to control temp since they like warmer water. What sort of lights, filters, decorations, and plants are best for betta's? Also what do I need to balance out the PH? I have well water which is high in iron so what sort of water can I use aside from that? When I was very little the well water is what I think killed my goldfish and my sharks had issues on bottled water with it getting cloudy.
I have heard cleaning shrimp are okay to live with them since it will not attack the tail. Is this true? I would like to have an animal with him that can help clean his tank. Are there any other fish that he can be housed with? I worry because it seems most fish like eating their tails.
Finally I want to place my betta semi close to my mice or maybe across the room so they can watch each other. I know my mice would like watching another animal aside from each other but would it stress out the betta if he had a clear view of my mice or do you think he would enjoy it as well?