I think I need to start my cycle over. It's a new aquarium, no fish yet, but I feel like I'm doing it wrong. Chemistry wise, the process itself is going okay so far, but I've only just started as my water is ever so slightly beginning to get cloudy.
-I've had the light on since I started the cycle but I just read that will cause algae and to only have it on 8 hours at most.
-I took out the heater because I thought it wasn't working, put it in my 1G and it works. I had it in the wrong spot. It still might not even work for the tank because it is a 5.5G and the package says up to 5G.
(Note to self: Don't shop with your impatient boyfriend anymore.)
-I want to move my plants now because of the heater placement.
-The cave keeps floating on one side even though I filled it with water for weight and its really annoying.
-I wash my hands before I put them in the tank, but then I think "is there soap still on my hands? Am I contaminating the water somehow?"
I know it seems like I probably shouldn't have a fish if I can even get these simple things right but I seem to find information out of order! I can't find all the information on one site or book. Everything is in bits and pieces. What one says, another says different. I want to do this the right way now that I am aware of the real way to care for them, but I feel like I'm taking more steps back than forward.
I know I must have patience, I'm completely new to this. I'm just very eager to have a betta again. What happened to the days when I was young and I could just feed and change my betta's water and he'd live for years?!