My name is Stef and I'm new to the site
I've had bettas off and on over the years. A few months back I bought my last one, unfortunately he died yesterday from possibly a stupid, stupid mistake of purchasing a "aquarium" plant from the dollar store..needless to say I think it did something to my water, he started to recover, then poof.
Well after throwing out my stupid mistake plant, I have cleaned up all my stuff (it's a 5.5 gallon tank) and restarted it all over again. So I am planning to go get another betta and try again. What I'm wondering is how can I make my tank better?
I currently have it set up with a Marina Slim S10 Filter, which I like because I can restrict the flow, and sometimes turn it up a bit for the betta to play in. , I only have large decorative quarter size rocks in the tank because I find it hard to get the debris out of the rocks otherwise, and I have two ornaments (one is a large cave) and some plastic plants (I had some fabric ones but they started to smell strange) .
Would it be better if I had more rocks at the bottom of the tank? I made my own rock cleaner out of a turkey baster & aquarium tube and it is oh so handy, drains my tank right into the sink & vaccumes debris very well! Also if I got a natural plant would that be better?
The pet store said since I am using cycle (liquid) I could cycle for only 3 days and go get a new fish, although last time I let the tank cycle for 10 days before adding my fish. What is everyone's opinion on that? I know years ago the pet store would make us buy feeder fish for cycling but I felt guilty about letting them go so I would go buy them another tank ( ended up with a very large 4 inch spawning goldfish at one point!!)
Sorry for writing so much but I want to do the best I can for my new betta. I had one back around 2000 for 4 years, and another I had for about 2 1/2 years and even took him on an RV trip with me & on a road trip!