I’m… actually second guessing getting a betta fish
this is the first fish I’ll be taking care of so I’m not sure a betta fish is the best option
I’ll ask someone when I go to PetSmart tomorrow
but until then, anyone have any suggestions?
Bettas aren’t hard to take care of, per se, but they aren’t as stick-em-in-a-bowl-and-forget-em as people would like you to think.
They require an absolute minimum of one gallon, with 2.5 or more being better, and they need an aquarium heater. Taking care of one properly is also more expensive than most people think (about 40 dollars for a basic set up), so that’s something to take into consideration as well.
Bettas are probably the easiest ones to look at- please, please don’t trust everything the pet store employees say. They often are misinformed on proper fish care, or just want to sell you something.
Goldfish need 20 gallons each, with a lot of filtration. I don’t think they’re a very good first time fish because of all the space, waterchanges, and filtration- people who think they’ve kept them successfully in a bowl probably aren’t aware that they can have a lifespan of twenty years, so bragging about having a goldie live for a year is akin to talking about something like a cat living for that length of time.
Here are some links on bettas that may help you out:
I would recommend doing some reading up on their care, because it’s always best to be prepared before getting a new pet of any kind!
I wish you best of luck with your fish, whatever you decide to get, and if you have any questions feel free to ask me :)