So glad to see you doing your research and asking for advice before setting up—smart! Here’s my two cents. Have been keeping aquariums since mid-1980’s. Bigger is better. Small tanks are a maintenance nightmare and unhealthy for fish. My opinion is no less than five-gallon—more is better. Love that you are leaning towards a 10. I agree with others here, a sorority is a bad idea for a newby and even though you will find supposed “experts” on websites telling you that you can do that with a smaller tank, I suspect they are involved in selling tanks and fish and just telling folks what they wanna hear so they can sell more stuff. Would recommend a 20-gal or more for that. I moved several years ago and re-homed all my fish/tanks and resigned myself to giving it up due to a lack of wall space. After a few years I missed it so much I applied my creative brain power and made space on one wall, with a Fluval Flex 15. The footprint is small, but the tank is one of the best I have owned. Once a good biological filter is happening, very low maintenance. All the filters, pumps, heater are hidden behind the black background and there is room for heater and an open compartment for anything extra. I keep additional black sponge bio-media, along with filter floss to polish the water. Loved it so much I found room for another tank, Fluval Flex 9. The 15 gal houses one female betta, a small school of pristilla (x-ray) tetras, a nerite snail and 9 amano shrimp. They have all been doing exceedingly well. The 9-gallon houses a single male betta and one nerite snail. I plan on adding amano shrimp in another month or so when the tank is more established. I can’t say enough good things about the fluval flex’s. Well-enginnered and low maintenance. Also, quiet. I did have to replace a light under warranty, but Fluval was great. The lights are very dimmable and you can experiment with color and brightness to find the best settings for your betta and plants. You can tell by the level of chill in the tank or fish darting around constantly—lights make all the difference. The light fixture is wired separately (something to be aware of when deciding on a tank setup). I have mine set for a few hours am, then on again for a few hours in the evening. Too much light can cause algae and the fish need a rest from the light. Bettas prefer low light, and I have found different colors to be calming to my fish and others to be aggravating. The only thing i don’t like about the tank lights is that fluval decided to include a “thunderstorm“ mode for fluff. That thunderstorm setting (which i would NEVER use) would be pure torture for any fish and I am bit disappointed Fluval decided to include that, as inexperienced fish keepers may not know better. Fish, like people react to light colors and brightness. Bright lights bad. Flashing light worse. Both tanks have lots of plants with good substrate (be sure to get one that does not affect ph), which is also vital to establishing a healthy environment. You will love your bettas…a rewarding and potentially addictive hobby. If I had the space, I would have more and larger tanks, as I have had in the past—kinda like the proverbial crazy lady with too many cats—current available space and my husband are keeping me from getting too crazy with it. I am finding the 15-gallon and 9-gallon are beautiful and satisfying. For me, fish keeping is relaxing in the same way gardening can be. Good luck to you and keep us posted.Hi! I was thinking about getting my very first betta in the future, but I’m not sure what tank size to go with. I would love to get a female betta (or a sorority- advice on that please) and was wondering if a 5 gallon would do or if I should go with a 10.
I was also wondering if it would be ok to try a sorority as mentioned above or if that wouldn’t be smart as a first time betta owner. Of course if I were to do that I would do plenty of research and do a 10 gallon tank
advice would be appreciated. Thanks! ❤