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Most fish small enough to share a 7gal (30litre) tank with a Betta are shoaling fish and need to be stocked in groups. That ...
Most fish small enough to share a 7gal (30litre) tank with a Betta are shoaling fish and need to be stocked in groups. That makes them inappropriate for a small tank. Betta don't need tank-mates. A Nerite snail is fine. A few shrimp after the tank is cycled and mature.
A sponge filter is always good for a a Betta tank. The Azoo Palm is a nice, small, inexpensive HOB (hang-on-back) filter.
I'm beginning to feel like a broken record by always recommending sponge filters for Betta. But the fact remains that sponge filters are a optimum filter for Bettas. Sponge filters are great filters for Betta because they are extremely low external flow filters while doing an excellent job of providing enough real estate for BB and filtering out solid substances. They also have the advantage of being relatively cheap to purchase.
I'm afraid that's true (once they get them back in stock). By the time you set-up a sponge filter with appropriate tubing, check valves, air-control and the sponge filter itself, it's at least as expensive as a top-line HOB and more expensive than a cheap one. Plus there's the complexity of having to buy the components separately.
I'm still a big fan of sponge filter for the advantages listed by AV above. They can be made to be quieter than a HOB. They can be set-up to filter more than one tank, even several.
I was just wondering what type of equipment I would need to set up the tank? to ensure that the Siamese fighting fish have better quality life (live longer) and is there any books on Siamese fighting fish that you recommend that I should read?
Minimum 2 gallons of water
25-50 GPH filter (you can go lower)
50 watt heater
A varied diet