Originally Posted by PaulO
Yes that is the tank that I use, and for the second reply.Yes I do admit what I did was careless, I had read up on conditions of tanks and the water.Unfortunately I had spent all my money on the stand, testing kit, and thermometer, etc. and had planned to buy these tanks... 1 week after I bought these tanks I started to look at what sizes other people kept their fish in and realized that these are only suitable as hospital tanks. So my biggest question is will it be more reasonable for me to buy two separate 5 gallon tanks or a single 10 gallon tank? Even though I want to completely spoil my little ones, there is only so much room that I have to work with :/ and I don't want the fish to suffer for my mistakes.Also I do tests every 2-3 days (I'm ocd about the water especially since these are the first weeks) and I am getting 0's across all board(ammonia,nitarate,and nitrites) which worries me. I do 20 percent changes twice a week and a 100 percent every one week. Also the filter uses activated carbon in the cartridge.(tetra whisper 3i I believe).
The real money burner was that I needed a stand and I was planning for a bigger aquarium in the long run so I ended up dropping the most on the stand itself. So main point being: 10 gallon split with mesh or 2 single 5 gallons. Also does it matter if their bow front or rectangle I think I read that bettas prefer bow front but then again ea. website says something different than the last. Thank you
1.5 gallon tanks are so small that it is extremely difficult to cycle them. I wouldn't even attempt it, especially since they're temporary.
When cycling a tank, you never do a 100% change. If you stay on top of your ammonia levels during the cycling process, you will only need to clean the tank about 50%- probably once or twice a week. A cycled tank should have a 30-50% water change once a week to maintain good water quality and to rid of excess nitrates. A cycled tank will show 0 ammonia, 0 nitrite, and some nitrates.
You never rinse the filter in tap water or replace it. The filter is where most of the beneficial bacteria (which takes ammonia and turns it into nitrite- and that into nitrate) live, and doing so could kill them or wash them away.
Because you will have a low bio load you will want to do a fish-in cycle. But like I said, it would be pointless to attempt cycling 1.5 gal tanks, especially if they're temporary. It takes 6-8 weeks to cycle if done properly.
As for the tanks- it's up to you but it would be more cost effective to get a 10 gallon divided tank- 1 filter, 1 heater. I have a 10 gallon tank that I purchased at walmart, it's the "aquaculture 10 gallon starter kit"
It includes the glass tank, a filter, and a hood with a light for $30 in store.
As for a heater- you will want one that is adjustable & has a thermostat. I personally use via aqua heaters- they are great quality and very affordable. I personally keep my betta's tank set to 80 degrees F, but I would try to stay within the range of 78-82. This heater will maintain the temperature you set it to, by turning on to heat and off when needed, so this won't over or under heat. This heater will work for your tank:
Here's a good "how to" DIY divider: http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/d...ividers-21866/
Hope this helped :)