Thank you! Well, I have a few of them, so here goes:
1) I am very interested in cycling my tank. Unfortunately, I had to buy the fish and the setup the same day, so I'd like to know about natural cycling. I only have the one betta in each tank; are there compatible tankmates that would speed the process? Any bacteria I should add to the tank that won't harm the fish? Etc
2) I am also very interested in planted tanks. I have looked around the internet, but I see that there is a necessary set up with fluorescent lighting, co2, ferts, etc. When setting all these things up, what are some good luscious starter plants? How far will these things run me monetarily? I am interested no matter the price, but would just like to see how long I would have to budget. Also, will the addition of these things make my fish uncomfortable in any way? Plants to avoid with bettas? Special substrate for the plants?
3) I am quite concerned about tank maintenance. I read that if you have a 10g filtered tank, you only need to do 25-30% water changes once a week. I purchased a self start vacuum for this process--would you recommend anything different? Also, when doing this process, am I supposed to take some of the current water, place the betta in it, and set him aside to re-acclimate later? Also, when adding the new water (tap water) do I add the recommended amount of water conditioner for the entire 10 gal?
4) Last question, I promise! One of my tanks has a Tetra Whisper filter for 10gals. It's really strong and I think the current is a bit much for my betta. What can I do to soften the current without ruining the filter?
Thanks for all your help! Some good flaring pictures coming soon!!! :D