Thanks for all of the advice everyone. It’s made the process of making sure I can get my little girl what she needs to be healthy and happy a lot less stress-filled than it would have been otherwise. Thank god I stumbled onto these forums, filled with so many who are far more experienced and knowledgeable in these matters than I am. Changed her water (100% water change) last night, and have just enough conditioner for one more water change if I need to.
Based upon the advice I have been given, I’ve made the following decisions:
Tank - Tetra Aquarium Starter Kit, 5 Gallons if available at local Wal-Mart (Atchison, Kansas) or in St Joe (only a half hour away)
Tank Heater – tank heater between 25-50 watts, will be adjustable and will avoid the Marineland Stealth (Pro), I will look at the heaters at the local Wal-Mart but will not make purchase till I’ve at least looked at those at Petco (St. Joe) A heater will be very much needed, especially after the air conditioner starts getting turned on and needed even more come winter.
Thermometer – will be glass, inside tank, and purchased at Wal-Mart
Additives – Prime by Seachem and if not available Betta Basics or API StressCoat
Test kit – will be liquid if I can afford it, but might have to be strips
Gravel vac – will put it on wish list and use turkey baster, silk plants will also be put on wish list
Food – Will be either Hikari or New Life Spectrum depending on what is available and either bloodworms or brine shrimp depending on which is cheaper
Gravel – will be purchased at Wal-Mart
Decorations – will be purchased at a Thrift store, have one on the same block I live and another good one less than two miles away
Will not use the Tetra Safe Start
Still doing my researching on how to cycle and depending on if possible with the tank I purchase will use Kim’s idea on floating the small tank inside the large one to share heat between tanks while cycling.
And here is a pic of my Yomiko inside her current tank. It’s not a very good pic, because she seems to be camera shy.