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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-02-2013, 10:26 PM Thread Starter
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Hi there! I'm new ^_^

Hello, I'm preparing to get my first Betta fish and I was wondering if I could get some advice. I've been lurking on this forum as a guest for a while, but I've recently gotten most of what I think I need for my tank and started the cycling process. So i just want to make sure I'm doing this right.

I rinsed the plants and gravel, conditioned 15 gallons of tap-water, and set up the tank. I've put in about 1 1/2 oz of starting bacteria in the tank, which the guy at the aquarium store suggested for a quick cycling time (I've been waiting a long time for this fish and don't want to wait any longer than I have to). I also put a couple tbsp's of aquarium salt in the water, one moss ball, and mixed it all up.

Is that a good way to cycle the tank? Is 15 gallons too big for one betta? (I might end up dividing it later). I have a PH test kit, but nothing else because the aquarium store does free water testing.

Haha wow that's a lot of stuff! Any tidbit of advice would be great, really. Anyway, it's nice to finally become a part of this forum. This seems like a nice corner of the internet.


P.S. What should I name him?
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-02-2013, 11:09 PM
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Welcome to the forum! I wouldn't use salt, as it really has no benefit and may even do harm when used needlessly. In a large tank the fish will be fine, though some may not like it so much it there is a lot of open space.
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Hello and welcome to the forum.
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-03-2013, 07:46 AM
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Welcome!! You've come to the right place....I've gotten tons of great info here!

Mom to 5 bettas (Xenos, Willy, Reggie, Owen & Houdini), 2 guinea pigs, 1 turtle....oh and 2 humans! :)
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