First off, thank y'all so much for reading my journal and for your comments! I'll answer all your questions as best as I can before I move on to my next journal entry.
There is no way that thermometer had mercury in it and that spilled out, right? That is too bad it broke! I wonder why the other one didn't have a suction cup?!
No, the liquid from the broken thermometer didn't get in my tank, only the little specks and plastic from the outer casing that had broken when it dropped. I still can't believe how stupid that was of me to do that!
The other thermometer was a cheaper one that I added to my order, not realizing that the heater kit came with a thermometer. But it's a good thing I ordered it, since I had an accident with the other one. I guess it didn't have a suction cup because it's called a standing thermometer; or, at least, that's what it says on my order form. I don't know.
You have some very nice things picked out for your future lucky betta!
For the substrate...is there a chance you would want live plants in the future?
Yes, I'm planning to have live plants in the future but I thought maybe I needed to start out with artificial plants to begin with. I don't want to take on too much at once. I don't know if it's better to start off with live plants or not but, yes, eventually I'm planning to upgrade from fake plants to real ones.
When you look at tanks are you more attracted to light or dark substrate?
Uh... I'm typically more attracted to lighter substrate.
I think you would use a turkey baster and a gravel vac. They're both good...vac for deep cleaning during water changes and the turkey baster for "oh I see ONE LITTLE POOP THERE or a bit of missed food..."
Excellent point. Thanks.
My bettas all love their floating betta logs. LOVE them. I soak them for a few days though because they do have a smell at first. Eh.
I'm getting a floating log?? Oh that is SO awesome! I thought it would sink to the bottom of the tank and stay there. Huh. Well, that's really cool. Oh, and thanks for the tip!
Do you have a favorite type and color of betta?
I'm embarrassed to say that I do not know all the different types of bettas. I'm still learning. When I read the forums and see the shorthand abbreviations for all the bettas, I have a hard time knowing which type of betta they're referring to. I guess I need to find an online guide to help me with it. I'm still in "set-up and preparation" phase. Right now I'm more concerned with having the appropriate tank, heater, food, all the correct supplies, and make sure I have everything set up accordingly and know all the things I need to do, not only get ready for my betta fish, but also to care for it so that it can thrive and be happy. I may have to come back to this question and answer it later when I've progressed from "set up/prep" phase and have moved on to "finding a betta friend" phase.
Will you be ordering him or picking him out locally?
Originally, I was planning to pick one up from a local pet store. Since I've joined here and learned that you can order them online I have considered that. I'm not too particular. I REALLY REALLY want a baby betta but I feel that I should wait until I have an, at least, 10 gallon fully planted tank with live plants along with some fry companionable fishes to put in the tank with him too. If I'm going to get a baby betta, I want to do it right. However, since this is my first time to own a betta fish again in over 10 years, I feel that I need to start small with an adult betta and go from there. Does that make sense?
I admire you for researching and preparing so well before bringing him home!
Well, thank you very much! I want to make sure I do everything right so that my fish can be happy and healthy and hopefully live a long, fulfilling life (like my dog did).