To start this out - I never intended to get into bettas. Really. I thought that my little ten gallon would be enough. But while cruising the fish section for supplies at the local Petco, I stopped to admire the bettas, and this little red/blue/metallic copper halfmoon doubletail plakat cought my eye... And I fell in love.
I feel bad, because I partially broke my own rule of researching care and having everything set up before
bringing an animal home, but I had done a good amount of research on bettas when first getting started on my ten gallon and knew pretty well what I would be getting into. I'm waiting on the local Petsmart to get in a 5.5gal aquarium kit in (which they say should be any day now) - they're the only ones in the area that have something that has a hood for a 5.5. Until then, he's in a large Critter Keeper for observation and because I couldn't stand to leave him in that little cup any longer than need be.
But here's the question: I got a Marina Slim s10 for the tank when it gets here - can I set it up to run in addition to the filter in my 10gal to get a head start on the bacteria? Maybe put some of the gravel in the filter chamber with it to plant a bit of bacteria? I'm looking for any way to make things go more smoothly when a tank comes in.
Thanks so much in advance for any help!