Originally Posted by Homer16
I was considering purchasing a 5 gallon tank for him in the next week or so. I am changing all my tanks over to sand and was going to leave the Bettas tank till last after I buy a 5 gallon for him
I just redid a water change and gunna test it again in a sec
ETA- I retested and its 0 now. He seems to be better. I have a 5.5 gallon that is fully cycled with some barbs in there. They were removed from the 20 gallon because they were being tards to the other fish so they were in the 5.5 gallon temp. until I figured out what to do (I know the 5.5 is to small for 5 barbs). Well I upgraded to a 35 gallon so they were put back in there to see how they do. If they continue to be tards, they will be rehomed. So the 5.5 gallon is now free for the betta.
Should I move him now?
What are the levels in the 5.5? Since your boy isn't use to a cycled tank you may want to just let him rest for at least a day or two before slowly introducing the cycled water to him. I know currently my cycled tank's nitrate is too high for any fish not use to it so I have to do a 80% water change before I can add any beta from the shelf (I plan on getting one this weekend).
BUT if your betta starts showing signs of improvement to the point he's almost back to health than I would say plan to move him in two days, just make sure you test your water before that and that your ammonia level is 0, Nitrite is 0, and your Nitrate is about 10-20 (it should always be below 40 for betas, 20s is a LOT better).
And I also have to say my boys enjoyed their 5 gallons a LOT more than their 2.5 BUT I was clueless about cycling so now that I finally got what I needed I have cycled my 5 gallon and shall be adding someone soon :)