So I am going home for the summer (college) and a friend has kindly agreed to watch over my fish so he doesn't have to deal with the stress of travel. He is also watching over another tank. However, it has a filter, and the fish (1 betta and 4 tetras) are currently in a plastic tub from the move to my friend's room. I have zero experience with filters, and neither does my friend. I vaguely remember reading that tetras need filters, so we don't want them to go too long without being in a filtered tank, but I also recommended waiting to know how to set it up because, well, filters sound complicated and scary and what if something goes wrong and there could be CONSEQUENCES and blah blah blah. Sadly, the owner of the fish did not explain the tank care very well.
We would do the research on our own, but I have two hours to finish packing before I hit the road, and he has class, so I wanted to set up a forum post for him to read when I am gone. So if you guys could help, that would be wonderful!
Tank description and photos:
Looks like a five gallon. The plants are fake. It has a light (couldn't find a brand or model name on it) and a TetraO PF 10 filter.
Picture of the filter, in case I did not provide enough info and it is recognizable.
Basic tank setup. I would say about 5 or 5.5 gallons, since it looks nearly identical to mine in size.
So... can you wonderful people help a caring fish-sitter out? What does he need to do to prepare the tank to transfer the fish back in? Is it as simple as conditioning the water, plugging in the filter, and doing the whole slowly-adjusting-the-fish-to-the-new-water thing? Or is there more?
Thanks in advance! And again, apologies if this is lacking in information, or if this is a repetitive post, or if this is an easily answered question. I just truly do not have the time to do the reading and this is me in the face of what needs to be packed and gone by 2 pm central time.