Howdy everybody! I am new to this website, new to forums, new to fish keeping, and new to bettas.
I bought a very nice red betta about three weeks ago. And like most people I was not prepared to take care of him. After dropping $100 on an aquarium, heater, decor, ect... I am on my way to taking care of Red. Though it is sad what I have put him through. He was in a 3/4 gallon vase with no heater and since it is cold here in Washington State he probably went through a lot of suffering. I wish I had been smart enough to learn about bettas before I bought one.
My questions: How do I maintain my 2.5 gallon aquarium? How frequent of water changes? How and when do I change my filter? Does a 2.5 gallon aquarium cycle? Should I put small amounts of salt in the water to ward off infections? Does salt affect beneficial bacteria? How much do I need to slow the filter current?
I set up the aquarium today. I let the aquarium settle for a few hours with the filter and heater running and then put Red in it. I wanted to let the aquarium settle for longer but I think Red was better off in the heated aquarium than in his small vase.
Thank You for any responses :)
P.S. I know I would be better off with an aquarium that is 5 gallons or more, but my landlord will not let me keep anything larger than 2.5 gallons.