So, I went to a petstore the other day with a friend and bought this beautiful guy. He came with a pre-setup bowl and 'everything he'd need'. I didn't really think anything of it... I'd had a betta in the past and had a similar set up.
But once I got home, I started wondering...when I'd first gotten my birds a lot of the pet store advice and recommendations had been SO wrong. So I flipped open google and did some quick searching. Ouch. I felt horrible.
Yesterday before the storm hit, I went out and got him a 5 gallon tank and stuff to set it up (realized I must have set up the heater down, because it's not here...so the moment the roads get safe I'm heading back out to pick that up). I moved him into the 5 gallon last night and he's in the birdroom where it's a steady 74, so at least his water isn't *freezing* since I'm now waiting on plows to come through so I can get my car on the road.
But well...I'd love any advice you could toss at me. He's such a cutie (no idea on color/breed/if he's even really a male), but I'm in love and I really want to do right by him.
Is it okay to do a fish-in cycle? I've been reading the various posts here and my heads a little spinny with all the information. I figured it was better for him to be in the 5-gallon while I did a fish-in cycle, than to keep him in the bowl while waiting for the tank to do a fishless cycle. ?
I got the Aqueon Mini Bow 5 gallon and the filter pushes him a bit, so when I go get the heater I'll get something to help baffle the flow.
The little bowl he came with had a plastic plant, but I got him a silk one with the tank (though I want a lot more for him, I need to wait until I get paid this week).
I'm hoping he's a hardy little boy to make up for my mistakes and that I can get things right by him real soon. I reallllyyy should have known that nothing is rarely ever what people tell you at the stores