So my betta Kevin died this weekend after our building evacuation :( My next door neighbor's bettas died too, so it looks like we're starting from scratch. I'm determined to do things right this time, to give my new fish a better start when I do get him.
So I bought a five gallon tank, filter, heater, and lots of plants and hiding places since Kevin didn't seem to like the openness of the tank while he was alive. I also made a betta hammock out of a silk plant and some suction cups I bought :) I'm thinking about making a few, so the new fishy will have a choice of where he is most comfortable settling in for the evening.
My main question is - I'm a very impatient person, and I've read wonderous reviews of bottled bacteria - "Tetra SafeStart". Can I use this to cycle my five gallon? How long will it take? And these bacteria require an fish-in cycle don't they?