Hi! I'm a new betta owner (just bought my male delta tail fish yesterday :D)! I've read a lot about changing the betta water, and I wanted to make sure that I will do it correctly. Since I just put my betta in his tank last night (it's a 1.5 gallon), I was thinking I would do a 50% water change on Wednesday. Is that too soon? He isn't eating, so I don't want to startle him again.
To change the water, ( a 30-50% change) should I remove him from the tank altogether and put him in a different tank? Also, if I remove him from the water, should I use the old water for him to swim around in the temporary cup? I don't want to hurt him, so I'm just making sure :) When he's out of the tank, I will take 30-50% of the water out, disturb the gravel so the filter can remove any waste, scrub the sides, scrub the decorations, and move the plant for a change for him. Then in a different container, I will fill it with tap water, make sure the temperature is okay, treat it with the conditioner, and then pour it back into his tank. Then I will put him back. Does that procedure sound about right? Is it flawed? If so, what can I do to improve it or change?
Thank you so much!