I've had my betta for a year and a half now, and I finally got him a 5 gallon tank! I've only transferred him once before, from his container at the pet store to the one gallon tank that he's in now. I've been working on setting up the 5 gallon. I rinsed the new tank and added the gravel (I had to buy new gravel, because I needed so much more), and added all his old plants and decorations to the new tank (plus a few new ones) and set up the new filter. I read that it helps to run the old filter in the new tank, but since this tank is so much larger, that's not possible. I also added a about a half a gallon of his old water to the new tank, after stirring up the old rocks. Now the new tank has been running for about and hour or so and I'm wondering how long I should wait to move Arnold (the betta) and Michael (my snail), and what is the best way to move them? Should I use a plastic bag like when I brought them home?
I'm so worried about the move. I know he'll be happier and healthier afterwards, but I don't want to hurt him in the process!
Thanks in advance for your answers!