Hi all :)
This may be my first post but I've been lurking for a little over a week now reading up on all the good information.
My daughter has been wanting a pet, but she is only going to be 5 next month. I decided that a Betta would be a great first pet and she's been excited about the idea too.
I've only ever had one Betta before (several years ago) and while I knew enough to get him a 2.5 gal tank and a heater I didn't know anything about treating the water correctly or cycling. Looking back I'm kinda suprised now that he lasted as long as he did. :/
We're planning on getting our supplies to set up the tank tomorrow. I want to do a fishless cycle before buying our fish but I have a couple questions:
1. I want to use live plants in our tank. Should I cycle the tank and then add the plants or is it better to add the plants and then start the cycling?
2. Where do you get the pure ammonia to start the fishless cycling process? Is this something I can also get at the pet store?
Thanks for any advice. I've been really impressed with all of the good advice and ideas I've been reading so far. I look forward to letting you guys know how our start into the Betta world goes. :)