Originally Posted by Debbie V
Well being very new to the hobby a worker at a pet store actually suggested the gold fish as a tank ate for the beta. I went home after my purchased and researched good tank mates for a beta. A goldfish was a poor suggestion. Found out a little too late. And had I known they had big bio loads I would not have gotten it. I intended in having one tank. So.....now I need to figure out what to do. I think I will put the beta in the 5gallon with a heater once it arrives since he is tropical. And may (post tank cycling) add glow fish and later add a bottom feeder/tank cleaner variety. Just bought freeze dried bloodworms that I can hopefully entice my beta with so it eats something. And bought Melafix for the wounded goldfish. Hope the tanks arrives soon since cycling takes time. Currently I think I will continue to change water weekly for beta and daily or every couple days for goldfish. Even when in bowls (temporarily) you think a partial water change? Thank you!!!
You could return the goldfish to the pet store. Keep in mind that you don't have to know much about animals to work at a pet store. I know that from personal experience :P I would buy an adjustable heater so you can set the right temperature. I think 75-80F is a good temperature for a betta, but I am not 100% sure, so you might want to google that. Make sure you read on a good site though, because a lot of them will tell you that you don't need a heater, a betta is fine in a bowl, and that they live in puddles in the wild (which of course is not true :P) I personally wouldn't put him in a tank with other fish because I have only ever had bad experiences with bettas in community tanks, but I know it has worked for some people, so you could try it of you want. Just be ready to remove him if need be. If you do decide to put him in a community tank (5 gallons) I wouldn't add more than 3 other fish or so with small bioloads (small tetras or something) they usually prefer to be in larger groups though, so you might not even want to do that. And you should put the betta in last, so he doesn't feel the other fish are invading his territory. I'd do a water change 2 or 3 times a week for the 5 gallon. Maybe 30% or 50%