Hi everyone! This is my first post (though I have looked around the forum quite a bit).
Anyway, I'm looking into setting up a 5gal (possibly a hex from Walmart?) for a male betta. I've read a lot about filtration, cycling, heating, and the like. I keep coming across very different points of view, however.
I'm thinking about possibly setting up my 5gal with a 50W heater, some sort of gentle filter (or a regular filter with panty hose to keep the current low), and some nice plants. Probably a "betta bulb" or the like.
I was thinking about starting my tank out with bottled water so I could start on cycling sooner, hopefully with some bio material from Petco or something (ask for some maybe?) so that I can get a betta in there as soon as I can.
Could I gradually switch from bottled to tap after a few tank changes? Like, say I siphon out 20% per week, can I add that 20% in treated tap water to acclimate him? That would probably be cheaper in the long run.
Any tips for a new comer? I find it hard to get any concrete advice.