A friend gave me a 10 gal. tank he didn't want anymore. It has a filter, heater, lighted lid.
I have a 5 gal tank with a male betta. I also have a newer 15 gal. planted tank that has 4 cherry barbs and 6 pygmy cory, that have been in there about a month.
I am thinking of adding at least one female betta to the 15 - maybe a trio. If they won't work with the barbs then maybe I will try celestial pearl danios or a couple honey gourami.
But, I really would like bettas.
When I got the other fish, they all came from the same store at the same time, so I didn't QT.
What would I need to set up the 10 gal as a QT? Would it have to cycle? I am thinking I'd have to do a lot of water changes if it was not cycled... I don't really want to set this up permanently, as I don't have a table strong enough and they did not give me a stand with it. So, it will be sitting on the floor in a spare room if I use it as a QT.
I did try the filter in my 15 to see if it works and geezy it is STRONG flow. So I am thinking I would need to get different filter if I even need a filter? If I do 30-50% water change every 3 days, would I need a filter?
and last - I am not sure how long to QT bettas that come in cups. I'll be getting them from a reputable fish store, where I got the other fish. A month?
The last question has to do with having the bettas in a community tank. My male in his 5 gal. comes to the surface to be fed, and I give him one pellet at a time. If I have one or more females in my community tank, how do you know the bettas are getting the pellets and not all the other fish? Will it hurt the betta to eat the food the other fish eat? (New Life Spectrum for small fish as the main diet, then shrimp pellets and crushed flake food every couple days) I do feed my male, and my community fish, frozen blood worms once a week, and frozen brine shrimp once a week. Will the females learn to be "hand fed" like the male has?
Thanks so much!