ahh, okay :D
size: glass 5 gallon w/hood and in-hood light that does generate some heat, it's a typical rectangle that's longer than it is tall.
filter: I don't think I have the name, it goes on the side of the tank hanging over it with a cut out hole in the hood so it can fit over it, with a carbon filter it runs through first and then it goes through another white plain filter before going back out, it's also baffled with some silk leaves that had too much plastic to put in tank. they're taped on.
I THINK it's aquatech power filter 5-15 gallon, that's what my refills are for. ( speaking of, I don't replace the filter after all, right? I just take both filters out and swish them in the old water set aside in a bucket, and put them back in, every month or two? )
days cycling: it could only have been cycling a few days, I got him Thursday, ( 12 May ) which is the first day the tank was running ( no-one had told me what cycled actually meant and it had just been the basic pet store thing of, yeah just run the filter for 24 hours. >.<; )
and then THANK GOD someone told me that day or early next what it really meant, before he could get seriously hurt D:
so I put him in Friday, and either tried to change it first then or Saturday, Saturday I think because I remember he'd spent one night in the tank before he cut his fin, then I had to take one plant out and add some more live, and after that I tried to do a partial change but didn't get very far because he had a stress streak and I didn't want to risk it so soon after he got out of that terrible cup.
after he got a good night's sleep I tried again the next morning ( Sunday ) and did the whole 50 and he took it great.
so this would be the second 50 nchange, and maybe the fourth day of running I guess. I did his water change early morning yesterday, so it's been 24 hours now.
Schedule: I plan to do it every early morning before I feed him, and I usually feed him at 10:00am, so around 9 let;s say.
Plants: I have three live plants, Anubias, Oriental Swords, and Money Wort.
Things Added In: there's a little aquarium salt in there right now, because of the fin, but not a ton,
Heater/Temp: let's see.... Tetra Pre-Set Heater ---> here, it tells details below the picture
my thermo is non-digital, says around mid seventies, but I think it must be off because it was less than $5 (US) from wal-mart and it said earlier it was low seventies but he was active and it didn't feel that cold when I held my cleaned ( no soap no worries ) hand in for a bit. if it's too cold I know they're supposed to sit on the bottom of the tank ><; and someone said 5 watts per gallon, so for a 5 gall 50 should be okay? >.<;
like I said it's pre-set and has a sensor that's supposed to cut on when it gets below 78,
Levels: the test has been sitting out now so it's changed readings but I can test again if needed and give the numbers.
the nitrate and nitrite didn't change colors ( I have seen them change before so I'm sure they work ) and the ammonia was light yellow which is 0.
even if it went from the yellow to the next reading yellow-green which says caution, that's 0.2, so if it was between the two it would be less than 0.2
that's the reading I got yesterday before the change, and after I got a little paler version of that,
but today after things had had time to settle it wasn't even that. it just looked yellow P:
if you need the other numbers, hardness etc. I can take them again.
the pellets also didn't float today like they usually do, if that means anything ><
I watched him to make sure he caught both and ate both and he did.
PH has been between 5 and 6 and it hadn't changed, and hardness was a little less than preferred I think, but not 0 or near it.
Water/Treatment: my first water combo was treated spring, treated tap ( which was probably more or less very similar to the spring since we live in the mountains >< ), a good chunk of betta water ( which won't be regular ), and a LITTLE distilled to even out the treatment for the water in case I used a little too much. the water treatment is BetaSafe by Tetra. now it's all treated tap. maybe a touch of distilled or spring or betta water left over but mainly treated tap, which will be the usual balance with just a tiny bit distilled each time to even out the treatment.
Notes: the plants came from pet store aquariums. the money wort came from the one I bought him at and was not washed because I didn't think about parasites, but it came from the same water he'd been given. the other two came from a pet store with an owner who actually takes care of his fish and keeps each species/animal as a pet before selling it in his pet store so that he actually knows how to take care of them. I rinsed the first one with hot tap water and a little filtered to wash off chlorine, but on the second I just used the filtered because I thought it might be good to have a few bacteria, which the chlorine would kill.
I'm using gravel which I haven't moved around yet. thin layer barely covering onmost of it with several inches around the plants in the very edge of the right end of the tank, because I didn't want him hurting himself again on the sharp bits of the pots and it also holds them down well.
the bacteria builds in the gravel too, right? so I should leave it be for a bit and once it's cycled I should just jostle it enough to stir up any waste and suck it up when it floats out?
thankyou ^-^ if I missed anything please let me know, sorry >.<;