OK, this isn't a(nother?) thread asking everyone's opinion on the "best" tank size for a single betta. I've done a lot of reading through this, and other, sites and know that the opinions are wide and varied.
I currently have my boy, Arthur, in a heated med. pet keeper, which is what I got when I bought him 2 weeks ago. It has a some fake plants and I do water changes every couple of days.
Shortly after getting him I decided that he is *so* darned active that he would appreciate more room to move and his new 5.5 gal is cycling now. (I finally got a nitrite spike, yay!) I can hardly wait, he will have live plants, a new, larger castle to hide in a month or two I'll add some RCS to help clean up and make it more interesting for me.
So, of course, once he has moved to his new home the med. pet keeper will be empty and, as you can imagine, I'm already toying with the idea of getting another betta to put in the pet keeper. If I did, I think I might get a java fern and/or anubis to put in with him and loose the fake plants.
OK, all of that "back story" was because I have an honest interest in the following...
I believe most, if not all of us will agree that those little cups, often filled with cold (blue?!?) water are NOT a good home and have likely led to the premature death of many, many of these beautiful fish. We also know that many people will get these little guys and doom them to an equally short life through ignorance and misinformation.
What I want to know is, if I found a betta I liked, whether it's worse for me to get it and put it into the pet keeper that's only about 2 gallons or leave it at the pet store hoping that the next person who looks at him (or her) can offer a better home? I don't currently have the funds to get another 5 gallon.
I've attached a pic of Arthur's current and future homes. Also one of a close up of my boy. He was marked as an HMPK but that doesn't feel right and I'd love to figure out exactly what he is, besides beautiful!