A little over a week ago I rescued a betta, that I named Kai, from Petsmart. I planned on eventually moving him to my office at work once I made sure he was OK. The only thing I had on hand at was a 1 gallon hospital/quarantine tank. So I put him in that tank at home and ordered him a tank for my office. The new tank gets here tomorrow and his new heater gets here Thursday. I was hoping to let everything run over the weekend and transfer Kai on Monday.
However today in anticipation of everything I took my test kit to my office and tested the tap water. The ammonia tested at between 1-2 ppm! I obviously can't put him in water with that high of an ammonia level. So now I am left trying to figure out what to do from here. As I see it these are my options...
1. Do a fishless cycle on the new tank so that the bacteria will bring the ammonia down to safe levels. I was planning on cycling the tank but was going to go the fish in route. My main problem with this is I have no idea how long it will take to cycle the tank and until then he is in the small 1 gallon tank that is a pain to heat. 2. Bring water from home. I have well water at home and for the most part, other than some PH issues that may or may not be due to the water, my well water is pretty good. So I could fill gallon jugs up with water from home and use those for my tank at work. Not sure how much of a hassle this could get to be though. 3. This is really an adjustment of the first option, buy a bigger tank to keep him in at home while the tank is cycling at work. The main disadvantage of this is spending the money to buy a whole new tank setup that I won't be using after I transfer him to my work. With my dog having emergency surgery Friday, money is a bit tight right now.
So, which of those sounds the best? I keep going back and forth on what to do. I just want the best for Kai and don't want to move him to, or leave him in, a situation that is going to hurt him.