Hello, I just joined the forums today.
I rescue betta fish. I know, to some that sounds completely rediculous... well to me, it's not.
I work in a pet store, and strive to better the lives of as many animals as I can. Despite not having an say over the fact the petstore I work for does indeed, sell animals.
I prefer to adopt, and have so far saved 4 bettas from poor homes. No one seems to understand that bettas are NOT easier to care for than any other fish, and cannot just live in a small bowl or CUP.
I put up an ad on my local Kijiji, and over the last year I have rescued 4 bettas. Doesn't seem like a lot? Well... it's a handful! My first betta, Pezz, to whom was almost 1.5 years passed about a month ago. He was dear to me. So I am currently down to 3 veil-tailed bettas. Their names are Brom, Murtagh, and Gyarados.
They all have their own 5 gallon bin. Yes, I said bin. The bins are 5 gallons a piece, and I pay about 7$ for them at Wal Mart. They're clean plastic, and they make GREAT tank enclosures. They're heated with 75 WATT Elite Radiant heaters. I do 50% water changes every 5 days, and 100% water changes every 10 days. Having three tanks going has proven to be a huge hassle, because I do not have filters in there. First off, to have multiple filters going like that in such small tanks would drive me crazy. I know bettas can survive with out filters, so I have left it until now. I do water changes religiously, it's just a pain because it takes a few hours to get everything cleaned out properly, and I know it can be stressful on my precious betta fish.
So I have a few questions.
I was inspired by our sump system at work, would it be possible to make a home-made DIY one for my three betta tanks? I am looking for any information, links, etc I can get helping me achieve this. I have little restraints, so I'm up for any advice.
Here's a picture of the tanks:
Any advice is welcome.