and put some actual effort + a few dollars into it this time.
My wife came home from Meijers monday evening with a beta and a little half gallon cube "kit" for it to live in. We followed the instructions, of which there werent many. And 4 days later, it died. It looked like a miserable death too. It was swimming around like it was panicked. Rubbing its sides on the gravel and stuff. I had my doubts about this prison cell from the beginning, but they live in a cup at the store. Well, i am an animal lover and dont want to see things suffer under my care, so i have been reading here most of the morning. I am going to get another one, but want to be ready for it.
I bought an aqueon 5 gallon tank kit, a heater, some gravel, somthing for it to hide in, and a small package of "live gravel". The live gravel is in a package with liquid. It says it has the bacteria in it to "instantly cycle" a tank. I sanded the sharp edges off of the inside of the car decoration, rinsed everything in hot water and filled it up with treated tap water. I have it running without the cartridge in the filter.
A few questions on how and when to put a fish in there. I have read about and think i understand cycling a tank. But with this live gravel stuff, can i just put that stuff in and add a fish? The filter can take care of any nitrogen spikes untill things get settled?
A friend of mine has 2 really big fish tanks with chiclids in them. Could i just fill this with 5 gallons of water from his and be ready to go?
Advice here would be great. You have no idea how painfull it will be for my boy to look at an empty tank for weeks. Trying to explain death to a 2 1/2 year old. Paitience is even more difficult of a concept.
And after its running, i just need to change a gallon of water every weekend. And how often do i change the filter?
Thanks in advance. I frequent a number of forums, and after reading some posts here, it looks like theres some helpfull people here and not alot of riffraff. Thats hard to find on the internet in recent years.