Hello everyone! I'm new here, and looking for a bit of advice. I recently got my own place, but sadly I had to leave my dog and my cats behind at home. I was kinda bummed and not used to being without some sort of pet, but after speaking to my landlord, I found out that I *can* keep fish, so I went off to Petsmart, planning to get a 10 gallon tank or so for some mollies or guppies.
Needless to say, I came home with a 3 gallon Marineland tank that was on sale, and a male CT betta. My only problem is that I didn't realize that I had to start a nitrogen cycle and all of that...So I sort of just acclimated him to the water for about an hour and a half, and then set him free inside. Also, before adding him, I put a tiny bit of each of these products into the tank water:
He seems alright as of three hours in the tank. He hid for a while but has now come out to explore. Do you think he will be okay as is? The only thing I forgot to buy for him is a heater, but he should be okay until my next pet store run since it's been in the high 80's here for a few weeks now.
Here's a photo of his tank! It's a little bare, I know..I just LOVE how it looks in the dark! I'm thinking of investing in some live plants for him, but I believe I need a better substrate.
You don't have to cycle your tank, the filter would create a heavy flow. Unless you are able to get a sponge filter, and then that would work really well. :D
It's a pretty nice tank. I would get some hide outs though, or maybe a few live plants. He's a pretty CT.
I hope you added enough water conditioner? He can't live in water with chlorine and heavy metals..
Thank you, and thank you for your advice! Do you think I should remove the current filter that's in there right now until I can get something better? He does seem to have a bit of trouble swimming with it, so I shut it off (at least for now.)
As for the water conditioner, I sort of just guesstimated with the API Stress coat, as it only has directions for 10 gallons..I put less than half a capful. The Jungle suggested 10 drops per gallon, so I did that. :)
If you look, the cap on the stress coat has lines for 1ml, 5ml, and 10ml. :) Since it's 5ml for ten gallons, then for 5 gallons it would be 2.5ml and for 2 gallons it would be 1ml. You have a three gallon tank, you said, so I would go ahead and add in 2ml of Stress Coat. It's alright to overdose a bit, it won't hurt you fish at all. Underdosing could, though, so be careful about that. :)
Welcome to the forum and the world of bettas! Careful... you're going to want more! Lovely little guy... have you named him yet? :)
ETA: I have that filter... I have that exact tank, actually. If you fill the water up closer to the top, it helps soften the flow from the filter a bit. I also have a crowntail in that tank and the filter doesn't bother him in the least. He's a bubblenesting machine, so it doesn't even deter his nest-making instincts! The current is very gentle if you have the water level up high enough. :)
-First, I suggest you only use one of those products. I suggest the StressCoat instead of the Jungle product as StressCoat is more widely used and it works.
-Your heater: He needs one, just make sure to acclimate him. I failed to do so for my first and he died. :(
-More plants and hiding places! Your tank is empty! LOL jk jk jk, I know you want to add more things.
-About the filter current, you could also add a tall plant right in front of the output in order to scatter the water.
-Also I agree with Seki. Adding more water would also help. The intake doesn't bother him though, right?
Thank you -so- much everyone! I really need to turn in since I have work tomorrow, but I appreciate all of this advice. So helpful. :)
Also thank you Seki! I didn't even realize the ml marking on the Stress Coat cap. I'm pretty sure I gave him more than enough so he should be good to go! Thank you for the tips about the tank and the filter. I will add some more water tomorrow and see how he does.
After I get a few more things for his tank, I will post an update. One last question...What kind of live plant is good for starting out with? Can it grow with that overhead LED light or does it need to be near sunlight?
Hello and welcome! Wow, your guy is pretty! The blue really pops. I love the big stones you have, they match really well. I didn't notice the markings on the Stress Coat cap at first either, it sure does help though!
For a live plant that's easy, I've got a few sprigs of water wisteria in my tank. All I've done is put the roots in the gravel, and I think they're growing, or at least they're not dying.
I'm very new to this also, having just brought Odysseus home last week, but I think you're starting out well and your little guy is going to love his new home!