Hi all. On Wednesday. I set up my tank and got my first betta, Merle. It's currently cycling with him in it. He's apparently a half moon tail. Attached is a picture.
He's in a 5.5 gallon heated, filtered tank. I did a 50% water change the second and third day and a 15% change today. I'm using TopFin betta water conditioner. Today's tests showed:
temp - 75-80
pH - 6.5
nitrite - 0.5
nitrate - 0
general hardness - 0
carbonate hardness - 20 ppm
the ammonia test I forget what the exact number was, but it was a small trace and that's before I did the 15% water change.
My questions are:
-How old does he appear to be? He's under 2 inches long.
-Will his fins ever grow out, and evenly?
-What might he look like in time?
-Am I doing everything right?
I should note he came from bad conditions at the store. His cup had lots of algae and he was very pale. He acts healthy though, he is very active and curious and eats like a pig.
I've been referencing this forum since I got him, it's been very helpful. :)