Hello, my first post is looking for a good source to buy from here in the states. I did read the sticky on aquabid and proceed to check that out, but I just don't want the headaches of what I was reading with transportation. I feel very comfortable with priority mail as I have received numerous corals, show guppies & endlers that way with 0 issues. I am able to recieve them right from the post office (no sitting in a mailbox)
I will give a quick background on myself, I'm 50 years old, been raising & breeding fish since I was in single digits so I guess I can say I have 40 + years experience. I have kept saltwater reef tanks & corals, planted freshwater tanks, raised cichlids, raised endlers, raised shrimp. I know how to check for amonia, nitrite, nitrate, ph, kh, gh & fully understand the "cycle"
I finally have my dream tank ! A 5 gallon wall mounted aquarium showpiece
after doing my homework, I want it planted with anubias nana petite & a beautiful red crowntail betta ! While I'm at it I would like to purchase a female red crowntail mate (to be kept separate until I better understand breeding behavior) I have already did a lot of reading here (obviously I have more to go as I enjoy learning & you can never know too much about a fish specie
I already have the tank cycled as I used 100% of the gravel from an established pariste free tank. I do need to learn if cycling even comes into play with betta's (yes I have read they get gill burn from amonia just like any other fish) but how the heck are the little glass cubes with no substrate (for the good bacteria to colonize on or no filter bed to colonize on) maintaining any kind of cycle ? (like I said I do have more to learn, but I will have a lot of this forum read over this weekend & will soon learn)
I live in rural michigan, over an hour from any decent petstore, I would like to just buy a nice pair online, in today's world (at least in the U.S.) I wouldn't think that would be that difficult, but I have not found much, but would like advice from experienced people here verses me just stumbling on a website anyways. I read here somewhere to start off with just one type to breed & not get overwhelmed with too many colors / styles (makes sense) also read to start off with good stock (also makes sense ! ) so all advice is appreciated !
Back to reading / learning more info here