Hi...back again. It's been a long two weeks. I attempted a fish-in cycle with a new 10g tank, and all it did was seriously stress my little guy out, and now he's developed what I believe is velvet. The small red spot is shiny, and on his gill. So, to be safe, I removed him from the 10g, sanitized his old tank as best I could with lots of boiling water and salt, and am now treating him with AQ Salt and 100% daily changes. His fins were being bitten a lot, and I thought I saw some black on the edges of his tail, so I'm hoping he doesnt have finrot AND velvet, but if so...I hope I've caught them both early enough.
I don't have a third tank big enough for him, so once the 10 day treatment is done and he hopefully looks healthier (like no red spot on his gills...) I'll return that tank as his home and wait until I can get to the city to get the proper supplies to do a fishless cycle on the 10g....after sanitizing the hell out of it after stripping it to doubley-make sure to kill off any diseases.
I feel terrible that I've made my Phycondrias sick and so stressed, and I want to give him the best. I don't want him to be the fish that dies because I was still learning things. I'm not a scientist researching crap, I honestly give a damn...
So I'm asking for help now on what I should do for the 10g after sanitization to set it up. I'll be getting new gravel, will strain it extra-extra this time. The decorations and tank will be boiled and cloroxed and then rinsed and rinsed and rinsed again will be set in sunlight to kill the bleach. Same for the tank. And the filter.
When I go to the city, I hope to find the right medications I need to help him properly if he gets sick again. Stress Coat is definitely on my list, but I'm not sure what else would be a definite addition to a 'betta first aid kit'.
Also, I plan to get some live plants. After a lot of stuff happening and me continually revisiting here, they seem like a really good idea for him. Unfortunately I'm nervous about plants that need a lot of care, I'm not really a green thumb. I heard about Anacharis being easy, but needs trimming. I can do that, but what else is good for the fish? I heard about lucky bamboo working too. he's a tail-biter, so if I have plants should I add AQ Salt, or will it kill them? Should I use just Stress Coat? I mean with weekly 50% changes, which I would hope would be enough to keep his water safe for him (after it's been cycled).
And...fishless cycle needs what to start it? Some sort of ammonia in a bottle?
I'm sorry that I keep posting problems here, tons of questions...I'd really rather be able to help others, but honestly my knowledge is very little right now. I want what's best for Phy though, and this is the best place on the internet to get answers to all the things I don't know.
So, thank you all for helping me this far, and many thanks to those who read this and reply.
p.s. - Sorry for the long read.