This might be obvious but will my tank be just fine without shrimps and snails and live plants? For now, I just want a single Betta fish, silk plants, hides, heater, filter etc. I think if I keep up with water changes and everything else... It'll be fine? Also, my tank will have 2 silk plants and 2 hideouts (bridge and something else) is that a good setup?*
I've seen a lot of topics that say when something changes (like you add something new to you're tank) you'll have to do more frequent water changes. In what cases do we do the more frequent water changes and why do we do them?*
Can you change you're fishes decor (the fake decor) to make it look nice? I heard it might stress out the fish. How often do you change out your decor and what precautions do you take?
Am I right in saying once the sponge in your filter falls apart, simply replacing and putting in another one is fine? There's already enough BB, or do you have to do something else?*
Say you're on a long vacation.. How would you take care of the feeding and water changes? I don't know anyone who would be able to do a water change properly. :/ No one I know has experience with fish. *
Is it really bad if you do a water change too early or too late? What's the worst that can happen? I know some things might come up and I might have to do a water change a day later or earlier. *
How would you disinfect and reuse *a 5 gallon tank if you're Betta passes away and you want another one? What about a Pet store Betta that passes away suddenly... How would you prepare the tank for a new Betta? and do you have to cycle again?*
Where do you get you're Bettas from? Are Pet store Bettas unhealthy?*
How many watts for a 5 gallon Heater? And what kind of light is best for a 5 gallon?*
The light cycle... Well I'm kind of confused. I go to school from 8:00am-3pm should I leave the light on while I'm at school and when it gets a little dark (at around 6pm) turn it off? That means I can spend about 1hour of time with him because of homework and other stuff in the afternoon. So is it ok if I turn the light on all day while I'm at school then a couple hours after coming home, I spend some time with him and then turn it off to let him sleep? Do I have to turn the light on at the same time everyday or is it ok as long as he gets 8-12 hours? On the weekends I wake up later so I won't always turn it on at the same time.*
The only concern I have is that my lamp is on my chest*
(which will be right next to the tank on my*dresser)*
*Would a small piece of wood in between the two be good? Because after I turn the light off to let him sleep, I'll have to turn on my lamp a couple times which might bug him.*My lamp lights up my whole room because my room is small so won't the light still bug him even with a divider?*
I've seen videos of people using exercise mirrors for their Bettas and almost all of the comments say they're cruel. I'm not too sure about mirrors. How do you exercise you're Bettas and how much time do you spend with them?