I don't want my fishy Mellark to die!!
I thought (stupidly, I'll admit) that betta fish were hearty, easy to care for fish. I have him in about a 3 gallon? I dont know the size, its a critter carrier, but its pretty big. Anyways, I plan on putting him into my 10 gallon once I get it all cleaned out and such.
I have no heater, filter or chemicals to treat the water (Didnt know I needed it, everyone I've ever known with a betta fish just had em in little bowls and such!) I got him about a week ago. He was fine, until I did a 25% water change yesterday! Now the water is all cloudy, and his fins are fraying/tattered and idk what to do!! he's still swimming around, and appears to be oblivious to the fact that his fins are not how they should be.
I read a lot about aquarium salt! I'm going to get some of that. What should I get for "treating" the water? And I read something about cycling, please, can someone explain that?
Again, I'm new to betta fish, never really had any fish of any sort. I'll try and get a picture, but the water is cloudy and hes never still (not to mention its gonna be from on my phone)
Thank you in advance for any help/advice!
I'm kind of freaking out :( Dont want my lil buddy to die!