Sooo for the last.. I guess six months I have been keeping goldfish. It started out as a "rescue" of sorts. My MiL keeps goldfish in a large fountain in the backyard but I suppose partially because they've never been my responsibility and I am not an out doorsy person (not in Texas anyway) somehow most of the water drained or evaporated. So in May of this year I took on Mister Fishy, a comet. He lived for about two years in the fountain but I decided fine, you will become mine.
Moved him to a 10gal and got him a friend (an oranda named Fluffy) and we recently added them to a lovely 20g long and acquired a new friend, Seaking, thus making my 20g nearly too small within the next few weeks (looking at a 29 very very soon).
But! I recently started thinking of doing something with my 10g; a planted tank with a lovely betta. However, it's been years since I kept a betta and mine have all died within months of having them. I only recently learned how wrong I was in my fish care methods (oh being young and stupid about cycling!).
I feel more confident in my ability to care for some fishies in a new tank but would love some advice. Good plants, a decent substrate (I am fond of sand but wouldn't mind some round, smooth rocks) and things like that.
Also, I'm very curious. I am likely going to move one of my filters from my Goldie tank to the 10gal and get a newer one for the Goldies. The filter I want to replace has a very low flow which I think will do nicely for a betta. But kind of curious; should I keep the filter media in that system when I move it to the 10gal or put that filter with new media and keep the current media with my Goldie tank but in the new filter? (Does that even make sense...?)
Cycling was more stressful than it needed to be the first time around so if there are any safe "short cuts" so to speak, that would be lovely. Such as, can I use the same water from my Goldie tank to start up the 10g? I was planning on doing plants and trying to jump start it before adding any fish.