Originally Posted by Viva
Keeping a baby in a cup is not ideal mostly because you cannot heat a small cup of water easily to the ideal temp of 82-84 F for a baby. Also water changes should be 100% daily but acclimating the baby every day to new water could get annoying. Usually buying the kits is cheaper for tanks 10 gallons and under (unless you already have pieces of the setup). Kits cost around $30 and range in size from 2gal to 10gal. A tank under 5 gallons is more work in the long-run because it will need two water changes weekly of at least 50%. A tank 5 gallons or more can hold a stable cycle with a filter and once it is established will require only one water change per week of 30-50%. At first my baby didn't eat any pellets and would only eat frozen bloodworms/brine shrimp but eventually she started eating pellets through the pipette I was feeding her with. I think she just assumed anything that came out of the pipette was delicious food because thats how I fed her the frozen foods.
Thank you for your response! I should have mentioned that I currrently have the baby betta cup floating in my community tank - the water is only in the high 70's, but it is the best I can do at the moment. By floating a second cup of clean water in the tank, I can at least make sure the new and old water are both at the same temp.
I really want to get him/her a tank with a filter, and one large enough to cycle. I think I can cut the cycling time (please tell me if I'm wrong) by using some of the media from the community tank, so the little fella won't have to deal with the ammonia/ammonium and nitrite spikes, or a long wait while I do a fish-less cycle on the tank. Are the Fluval kits decent? I've looked at those, and I've also seen an Eheim that looked gorgeous, but it was $$$$$! I think it was the Aquastyle, maybe a 6 gallon. I know I need a heater, so I also need to know how to size that, and are there any brands in particular that are small and adjustable as far as temp? Our household temp runs from the low 60's to 70-ish at the highest, so I'm going to need a workhorse of a heater (the one in the community tank is a bit oversized for that reason too).
I'm having my hubby bring home some pipets from work today or tomorrow so I can start using them to feed with. Right now, I'm using a toothpick (blunt one) to scoop up a small brine shrimp and feeding them one by one. Yeah, I'm pretty much an idiot.
Still, it seemed better than flooding the tank with more than he could eat. Earlier I dropped a couple in and went back a bit later and siphoned off what was left over with a straw so it wouldn't foul the water. This guy is *way* more work than his "free" tankmates.
Speaking of which, I've debated just letting him out into the big tank (it is a fairly heavily planted tank with driftwood and rocks - lots and lots of hidey-holes, but I have a couple juvenile (nickel to quarter size bodies) Angelfish that are a leeetle too interested in him for my comfort. The other fish are some amande tetra (6), robin gourami (3) and a chinese algae eater. Am I right to think he'd have trouble let loose to compete with all those guys, both for food and territory?
Again, thanks for your advice. It is much appreciated!