Hello. I need advice and have 2 questions:
Long story short, I bought a new tank for my betta. The current tank is a failure for a lot of reasons, one of them being that it has bad gravel that raises the pH by a lot.
1. How do I safely transport him into his new tank that will have a way better (lower) pH? Do I put him in a little container and over the course of 15-20 minutes put some of the new water in? Or is there another way?
2. How long should I have the new tank running before I put him in? It will have a filter and I'm not sure how to cycle a betta tank where he will be the only occupant...Or I'm not sure if I should cycle it with him in it.
This will be his third home in 2 months (fourth if you consider the cup he came in)! This will hopefully be his final home. It is a beautiful 5 gallon tank that has a bio wheel and filter that I found on sale at amazon. It hasn't come in the mail yet so I'm pre-planning. His current tank is a 3 gallon with a bad filter and dirty gravel. I have to do 50% water changes EVERYDAY to keep the ammonia down. It's a pain in the butt to clean and my cats like to jump on top of it for some reason (which scares him). They will not be able to jump onto this new tank and it will be a much better tank for a million reasons!
I thank you in advance for any advice you have!