Originally Posted by Teknofilechik
The cichlid is in the ten gallon until he gets a bit bigger and needs the 20 gallon. I suppose I could swap them sooner. I could take a picture and post it if you'd like. He seems perfectly comfortable, if you think it's too small I could move them. I'm actually off to Petco right now because my nitrate levels are testing suspiciously low pre-water-change, so I'm suspicious my kit is expiring.
Bettas may seem fine, but here's my story with bettas.
A few years ago, I got a Betta for my birthday in a bowl. Then after he died a few years later, I got another and continued in that cycle for about five fish. Then I remembered an empty ten gallon we had and cleaned it up and got another Betta. Allie is so much happier and healthier than the others. Then I got into aquariums and have three going right now. Then I saw Patriot, and got a divider for him so he could go in with my first Betta.
So, bigger is definitely better.
And, in five gallons and over bettas live for five years and over, whereas in smaller tanks they sometimes only live for about two years.