Lets talk about fish houses.
Every fish needs a different type of tank, and you can't always trust the pictures on the box. For example, NO FISH can fit in a tank less than a gallon, no matter how tiny, and no matter what the box says. So if you were thinking of buying a mini tank for your betta or goldfish, put it back, get something bigger.
For tank size it really depends on the fish and how many fish you're putting in the tank. Betta's of course should be kept separate, but some fish species like to have multiple fish around. Male and female guppies will breed constantly, so if you're mixing genders be prepared for lots of babies. Some fish need a gallon per inch of the fish, while others need more and others need less. So for tank size, its a good rule of thumb to assume that you'll have to do a bit of research to find what size will work for the type of fish you're getting, and the amount of fish you're getting. Since I am a betta expert a 3 gallon or 2.5 gallon tank is probably the smallest you wanna go.
Tank accessories like heaters, bubblers and filters also depend on the fish species and how many fish will be in the tank. Some fish require a bubbler so they can breathe, some fish are extremely messy (like goldfish) and need a hardworking filter to keep their tank clean, and some fish are used to tropical water temperatures and can only truly flourish with warm water. Again, do a little bit of research to find out what your fish needs, and don't just assume that all fish can live in a bowl. With filters, also be conscious of how large your fish are and if they have long fins. Small fish can get stuck onto filters, which is always bad news, and fish with long fins like fancy goldfish or betta fish can get their fins caught in a filters deadly vortex. A filter is always a good idea, but some fish don't do well in a tank with a strong current. Babies can get pushed around by it, and for some fish species it can make it hard to swim. There are a lot of different types of filters out there, some with a stronger current than others, some that work differently than others, and some that are better for one species over another. Again, do some research before buying. If you decide to opt out of getting a filter acknowledge that you will have to take on the responsibility of changing out the tank water more often. Most fish don't need a heater, but bettas definitely do. Keep a thermometer and keep an eye on the tank, becuase temperatures can fluctuate with the room's temperature and with water levels.
Tank decorations are the fun part, and for most fish, really anything goes. Buy any color rocks and plants and background that you want. If the fish you own like to have spaces to hide (like bettas do) get them lots of plants, or little decorations with a place for them to sit. If your fish has long, delicate fins, make sure there aren't any sharp spots on the decorations that could tear your fish's fins. Also make sure your fish won't get stuck in any hidey holes. For bettas, silk plants are the best to get since they won't rip your fish's fins. Make sure your tank has gravel, without it a tank can't store healthy bacteria. Gravel is super cheap and a really easy way to give your entire tank a new feel. You can base decorations off of your fish's color, or give your tank a cool theme, the possibilities really are endless.
Overall, when choosing a tank for your fish, don't assume anything. Always look at multiple sources to find out the best tank for your fish and exactly what kind of accessories you'll need to make sure your fish can live happy and healthy. And before you buy, make sure you're getting the best deal. Pet stores will sell 2 gallon tanks with a filter for 25$, when you can simply buy a plain tank and stand-alone filter for way cheaper. So 'pre-made' tanks aren't always the best deal out there.
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