I am new to the forum and this is my second post, so here is some background information about me! My name is Kelsey and I am a 22 (23 in March) year old college student majoring in graphic design (with a focus in web design). I am a HUGE nerd (video game addict) and animal lover! I reside in Massachusetts.
I've decided that since I am not living at college this semester (commuting because I only have classes 2 days a week), I wanted to get another betta! The last one I had (who was about 4 years old at the time) ending up dying my freshmen year. I think bringing him back and forth from school and home every other weekend and inconsistent temperatures did him in...
So I decided never to get another fish while I was in college.
But now I am looking! I found out today about the "Dragon Scale" (which peaked my interest because of a video game I play with Dragon Scale armor hahaha) variety and I am absolutely in love after doing some research! So I am currently searching for a blueish dragon, preferably a halfmoon if possible. The ones at PetSmart were "plakat" and I'm more interested in the longer tails. I checked out that Aquabid site a few people mentioned on here, but shipping can get expensive! Should I keep looking around at PetSmarts/Petcos? I checked my local Walmart tonight and they didn't have any dragons.
As for my tank set up, I think it's just about ready! As kids, my brother and I kept our bettas in small bowls with no heater. They lived a good 4-5 years, but they weren't ask lively as they could have been!
So this time around, I purchased a 1.5 gallon tank. It's smaller than I originally wanted, but I have a very expensive thesis project ($1,000+) to work on this semester, so money is really tight and those tanks get expensive! I'll eventually get him something bigger, but this will have to do for now. I bought some Aqueon Betta Bowl Plus to condition the water.
I didn't attach the air pump because I know bettas can live without them and I figured it would give him more space. The top does have a cover, but it does have holes in it. Is this okay?
After doing some research on this forum, I found an "Elite 25W mini heater" for $15 that I purchased based on recommendations from everyone here. I know this is a small tank, so what would be the ideal setting for this heater? I don't want to cook the poor guy. Do I need the heater even though the tank has a light?
Here is a picture of the little tank set up I have going on.
Anything else I need? Tips? Recommendations? (aside from getting a bigger tank at the moment).