Last week, I came home with a young betta (about 1.5 inches long from the tip of his nose to the edge of his tail) and have sen far been keeping him in a TEMPORARY 1 gallon jar, with routine water changes and well conditioned water.
I'm about to upgrade to something bigger. The tank that I want is 3 gallons, but I've been reading that this is too small. My best friend, who has a well-cared for an exceptionally healthy betta, disagrees, and says this will be fine.
I will heat and filter the tank, and provide routine water changes and a few live plants. I would upgrade to five gallons, but I'm just not all that strong and I'm in college, so I'm going to have to empty out the tank and take it home at least once a year. Not to mention that I want to be able to easily move it.
I understand that 5 gallons might be better, but would he be happy and healthy in a 3 gallon tank? I was looking at 2.5 before this, but now I've ALMOST settled on 3.
I've been really doing my research (I admit, I should have done it before, but I wouldn't COMPLETELY planning on picking up my betta until I saw him. He was too beautiful and strong to resist!) and don't want to do anything wrong.
Thanks! I would really appreciate advice.