****warning, may be long winded....sorry in advance*****
Hello all you beta lovers! I am a first time beta owner Tami (have ALWAYS wanted one) I finally got one friday for my son (Dominic "Nic" ) who is going to be 6. I will be the one taking care of it, it's just in his room. My beta is a baby beta from Petco (again, sorry, didn't realize they were more maintance than the full grown, but I am fully ready for the "challange") I don't know how young he/she is, color is blue/purple with red bottom fins. Very pretty and brightly colored. Name is Sushi.
Anyway, I got him with the understanding (always hearing and being told) how low maintaince they are. Thanks for this site, I now know it's not the case.
Unfortunitly, I came on here AFTER I purchased my lil guy, and didn't cycle my water as I read I should have. (I'm sorry! please forgive
) I have read thru a few posts and about 4 pages of the basic beta care post, figure it may be faster/easier to ask my questions/concerns here.
Here is my tank set up (please give oppionions on my items, what to change if need be, and what else i should get)
Tank: 2.5 gal Aqueon with filter and overhead light. I do plan on getting a bigger tank (5-8 gallon)
No gravel, just glass rocks (dark and light blue, light green and clear)
soft plastic fake plant (did the nylon test with it)
Aqua Culture digital thermomiter. (just put this on, waiting til morning for reading. Water feels warmer than room temp to the touch. but not WARM. I know it's supposed to be 80 degrees for babies.) my sons room is VERY warm as is, and with the light, I wanted to see what the temp is before getting a heater.
Tetra aquasafe plus water conditioner
Aqueon beta food pellets (teeny tiny ones)
Tetra beta flake food
* plan on switching food up so he doesn't get bored*
also plan on getting shrimps or bloodworms tomorrow or monday as learning that babies need higher protene!
Sea life inc. live aquarium hardy aponogeton bulbs.
large smooth edge rock cave that covers nearly the whole bottom of tank.
Plan on getting a sponge filter tomorrow to go over the filter tube
Again, any advice on what else I need? I plan on doing a 1/4 water change every 3 days.
I am so SO SO excited, and so SO SO scared at the same time. I can't wait til he/shes a little bigger to attempt to sex him/her and see Sushi's personality!
So far, Sushi is VERY active, loves to hide in the cave and explore her seroundings.
I will get a pic of her and the tank set up in a couple hours after my son wakes up.
Thank you in advance for reading this ( I warned you it was going to be a doozey!) and for help/advice!