I recently had my old betta of about 1.5 years tick over and was my first ever fish. I was very newbie when I started but I think I'm ready to tackle a slightly larger task. I'd love to get a 10g but I'm not sure my budget can fit that in at the moment SO I would like to set up my 5G for a new betta...planted tank and all. I've seen a few people with Amazon Swords for Betta tanks and was wondering if these are a good idea? If so, what kind of substrate would I need? I currently just have small rocks as the base. I have a good heater but the filter I had was a bit strong for a betta..although mine eventually got used to it so if there are any recommendations for a good filter in a 5-10G tank that would be awesome!
Also, should I completely drain and clean EVERYTHING in the tank since my Betta died? And just start over fresh and put some plants in to start? I do have a mystery snail in there..I'm not too fond of him but I'm curious if I should keep him in a filtered 5g with plants?
ALSO a big question I'd like to ask since the tank is reasonably small...is recently our park water has been VERY subpar. We had an e-coli outbreak about a month ago and now that that has been taken care of, the water quality has been pretty awful. Not yellow or anything..but we don't drink/cook with it anymore. So I was wondering if I should continue to cycle my tank with this tap water? Or would I be able to cycle it using say, distilled water or something of the sort? Any info on this would be greatly appreciated
Wanting to go from UTP to PT in my 5G tank. Currently have heater/filter and small rocks as substrate. I have 1 mystery snail in the tank as it stands. Wondering if I need to completely clean the tank and start anew or how I should go about making the tank planted?