A few weeks ago, my first Betta Fishkins got sick and died after my vain efforts to make him better. I think it was Columnaris, but I have no idea. No one answered my thread. :[ I only had him for a week at most.
But anyways, I'm going to be using the same tank that I had before, but I'm going to buy a new filter and a new heater (pretty sure that caused the problems in the first place). The filter I currently own he had issues swimming because of the current. I'm looking at this filter for up to 3gal: http://www.petco.com/product/12460/T...quariumFilters
I bought the 2.5gal Mini bow aquarium that came with its own filter. The heater I own said up to 10gal, but it made the water get far too warm. 86F! I saw a specific Betta heater that was for up to 5gal, and I may buy that one. I've read on here that its difficult to keep 2.5gal properly heated.
So my question for all of this is: Would it be okay to use for my 2.5gal tank?
My second question is this: How should I clean the tank and the items IN the tank?
I had red gravel as substrate, but bought natural gravel. My husband said, and claims to this day, that he saw red gravel dust floating around, so maybe we didn't rinse it well enough. So, we have fresh substrate. I also have a few silk plants and a cave. One plastic plant. The tank is acryllic, I believe. I know you aren't supposed to use soap to clean everything. All of the decor has already been rinsed in suuuuuper hot water.
My third question: How long should I cycle the tank? Is there anything specific I need to know about cycling a tank? Should I even cycle the tank?
I didn't do this with Fishkins, and he was okay until he got sick, which I attribute to the high temp of the water. He got sick right after that spike but prior to, he was doing fabulously.
Sorry for all the questions!! I'm such a newb. I blame myself for Fishkins' death and I feel horrible about it. I want to make sure I do the right thing this time.