Originally Posted by Glassfish
I guess I will let the cycle do it's thing. I kinda like just having one fish in the tank, it looks nice. I suppose after the cycle is done I will put a betta in it. When I looked at them yesterday at the petco they wanted up to fifteen dollars for one. Is this what They go for these days? Are they easy to care for? I don't want to buy one and have it die the next week. I think one will do great in a tank my size. Anything is better then those little cups they get stuffed in.
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The $15+ betta prices you are seeing is the special tail varieties. The traditional veiltail or crowntail is still between $4-7. Female bettas are cheaper, and smaller, and some have amazing colors, and would be a nice fit in the 2 gal.
Bettas care is just like other fish...they have their needs for a cycled tank with regular water changes. They require a constant tropical temp via a heater. They require food...either one of the betta foods or a basic tropical flake or color enhancing flake (I make my own mix for my betta combining 3 different flake foods, and also feed him freeze dried bloodworms).
Make sure the tank has been cycled and the numbers stay stable for at least a week before adding the fish. Most pet stores have a 14 day guarentee on their fish, so if you get one of the more expensive bettas and it dies, you can return or exchange it (and if you tank is cycled, heated, and you acclimate it appropriately, there wont be much you could have done to prevent death).
Advice...skip the pet stores advice as they are generally incorrect, and if you have questions come here to TFK. I would hate to see the store talk you into something incorrect or that will cost you more money in the long run.
Dont let them talk you into the more expensive Betta unless you are in love with the tail and colors...all they are is a betta bred to have a specific type of tail and/or color. One of my local fish stores, when they get them in, have a line of bettas they charge $30+ for!!! No way!!! lol. I bought a simple crowntail male betta for like $7, which is more than I would pay, but it was store credit from a fish trade in, so I wasnt too picky on the price...but then they gave me the wrong betta bc they were closing and in a rush, although I was mad as all get out, I kept the wrong betta, and now love him. I wouldnt have returned him, but didnt want to put the poor fish through all that stress. And instead of cussing out the lfs, I just havent gone back to them.