Betta Care and housing. Opinions.
There are many opinions on Betta housing, of course bigger is better but people have mixed feelings about whether or not small is suitable. My Betta ÂMarblesÂ is a medium sized red and purple male (not that it matters what color he is). He lives in a one gallon fish bowl (or a tiny bit above) with an inch of gravel and a plant. He is perfectly happy, he builds bubble nests, swims around, and rests from time to time, and eats like a pig! But I do not over feed him. It is summer time, so his bowl stays around 75 degrees (I test the temperature buy comparing it with my heated tank with my African dwarf frogs), there is no filtration but a remove I do 25% water changes every other day and a full clean weekly. He is very happy, though I wouldnÂt mind getting him a 1 Â½ -2 Â½ gal tank he seems happy as can be with his arrangement.
I feed Marbles two Betta bio gold pellets every morning and night and one blood worm for lunch. It might seem like a lot but the blood worms are small and the pellets are too, he is a good weight and eats all his food.
I have one small snail in his bowl, mainly to eat any uneaten food (he usually eats it all though), even though snails create waste I believe it is a good idea.
He is a couple months old now, about five and he has grown a little and makes even more bubble nests than before!
I mainly posted this to give people some hints on Betta care, IN my opinion a minimum Betta set up is a one gallon bowl, on inch or so of gravel or marbles, and by all means a resting plant! Marbles is very happy and a gallon is a good amount of swimming room. But, remember the smaller the more water changes, so if you would prefer spending a little more time, less often on cleaning a larger environment is a better choice for you. Bettas donÂt like strong currents, so if you have a bubbler, if it have a strength dial leave it on low, Marbles was in a gallon tank with a fast bubbler and he never made on bubble nest! (He had to move because my friend wanted to get a betta of her own and she was the one would have lent me the tank!)
If you have anything to say about my Betta info etc. Please post a reply!