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Not sure if you’re still looking for answers, but I have had both birds and fish and can tell you that birds are MUCH more high maintenance than a betta fish. I currently own two finches – considered low maintenance in the bird world – and they require constant attention and maintenance to remain healthy and happy. I have previously owned budgies (parakeets) and they needed even more work. Pet stores will often state that the small “betta kits” are large enough. This is not correct. Pet stores want to sell their betta kits, so of course they’ll insist that these are large enough for a happy fish. However 5 gallon is the ideal. It’s also ideal for you to have a larger tank simply from an ease-of-care aspect: larger tanks require less frequent cleaning/water cycling – weekly or semi-weekly rather than daily or every other day. Cleaning/water cycling is also a stressful process for the fish, so the necessity of more frequent cleanings is not ideal for you or for the fish! Also, they are a tropical fish, and so require a water temperature of around 78-82 degrees Fahrenheit, which is warmer than most homes. A larger tank makes the temperature much, much easier to regulate, as fluctuations in temperature happen much more slowly in larger amounts of water. This will keep your fish healthier and happier! In fact, most tank heaters are not rated for anything below 5 gallons, meaning they will heat the water TOO much in a tank that is too small. This is another reason that a larger tank is preferred for bettas. (Tank heaters made specifically for betta tanks can be found at most pet stores and are fairly inexpensive and easy to run.) In addition, bettas really appreciate having little cave-like spaces to hide, so depending on what your ornament looks like and how much shelter it can provide, you may consider looking for a little betta hide. Hopefully this answered some of your questions. Best of luck with your little friend!
If your room temperature is consistently in the mid-70s at the lowest, you can get by without a heater. This is true of any tropical fish tank. But if you have periods, at night for instance, when room temperature drops into the 60s or even 50s, you need to consider a heater for your Betta's tank.
Betta fish have an organ known as the labyrinth organ which allows them to breathe air at the water's surface. It is often wrongly thought that this organ allows Betta fish to be kept in unmaintained aquaria. This is a misconception as poor water quality makes all tropical fish, including Betta Splendens more susceptible to diseases such as fin rot.All Bettas are tropical fish found in the warm and hot waters atlower altitudes in southeast Asia. In the wild they are often found inthe slow moving waters of swamps and rice paddies where they haveplentiful meaty foods, clean warm water, and plenty of hidingplaces.