Yes, this experimentation is totally new for me. I have had many bettas over my lifetime, and especially in my son's lifetime, but always as a "oh bettas are cool" kind of thing. I'd like to say I was always experienced, but of course the "big draw" to the novice is that bettas "can" be kept in itty bitty cutesy containers with a plant stuck on top.
But relatively recently I went through some trauma, and I've found that aquariums really bring me a sense of calm and healing, and since then I've jumped in headfirst. I've gone from "1 gallon is big enough" to "I need a minimum of 5g, and I need a variety of sizes to choose from". I've definitely enjoyed having the cories and REALLY hope that the chill life I saw was what's in store!!
And I'll be doing some better oxygenation for sure!
Swim Shady: doubletail male
Ella: veiltail female
Neo: crowntail male
Bruiser: crowntail male
"When you see a fish you don't think of its scales, do you? You think of its speed, its floating, flashing body seen through the water... If I made fins and eyes and scales, I would arrest its movement, give a patter or shape of reality. I want just the flash of its spirit" ~ Constantin Brancusi