Hello everyone. I've been lurking the site for a bit as I've been interested in picking up a Betta for myself for a little bit now. After seeing everyone's beautiful tanks and learning a lot, I'm about ready to take the plunge. However there are some questions that I still have that I have not found around the site. If these have been answered before I do apologize, I just haven't found them here. I hope those of you around can answer.
1) Tank size. I know a lot of people have bigger tanks, like the 5 to 10 gallon tanks, however I do not have a lot of room for a big tank. I could possibly get a 5 gallon tank, but that may be pushing it. Would a 2.5 gallon be big enough and allow the Betta to be happy? I would hate to get one and not have a tank big enough.
2) Lighting. This tank will be in my room, and I don't really want to plunge the tank into total darkness during night time, so my question is would having a few low lit blue led bulbs be okay to have on at night? If not blue then low light white bulbs? During the day and earlier evening before bed I don't mind a full light being on, it's just while I'm trying to sleep having a bright fish tank light is a bit much for me to sleep with.
3) In a smaller tank is it a good idea to keep the Betta alone? Or would having a small pleko in the tank be okay?
4) Should your tank be 100% set up and heated properly before bringing the Betta home?
Again I appreciate any help with answering these questions and am looking forward to being around the site. I'm also even more excited about getting my new Betta soon. ^_^