Hey everyone i am new in the fish world and bought a betta with no experience with fish the person sold it to me in a little container and sold me a 2.50 dollar aquarium that was as big as a little cup i really didn't know better but i did extensive research and bought him alot of stuff i had my last 100 dollars and did my best i bought him a 5.5 gallon tank with a heater gravel and plants. The aquarium came with a filter and a light. He seems very happy i can really see the improvement in his behavior from when he was in the little cup. I set up the aquarium put some water conditioner in it and some anti fungal medicine but he was already healed when i put him in basically. The problem is now i did not cycle the aquarium because i did not know better now i feel pretty bad and i am kind of scared for my male betta. He has been in the tank for about 3 weeks and seems fine and when i put him in the tank i put a little of the water i had in the previous bowl. is there any pre cautions i should be taking or anything. I have just purchased some api aquarium salt and stress coat and some silk plants because the plants i have currently are plastic. i also bought him a battery powered gravel vacuum off of ebay for 8 dollars with a sponge bob pineapple house aquarium ornament hopefully he will like it and sleep in it. And last but not least i bought him a seachem alert combo pack which has this ammonia and ph detectors so i don't have to do the common strip tests and all of that. and i do have one more question should i buy filters for my tank i heard its a good idea to leave it until it falls apart. Well anyways i have been doing a 25 percent water change once every week. The water is looking kind of cloudy in there so i am not sure what that is. There is 2 products im considering buying tomorrow at pet smart which is API quick start and API stress zyme there are some other api products that look pretty good to purchase also can i get your opinions on
Bio Chem Zorb And The Algaefix im not sure if i really need those though.
So to break it down for everyone ill put the questions in sections thanks so much for reading this far just want the best for my fish.
1.Is it a big deal i did not cycle my fish tank because betta are hardy fish and i have stress coat from API and aquarium salt from API
2. If it is a big deal should i go buy the API quickstart and stress zyme those claim to really speed up your cycle and you can even have the fish in while you put it.
3. Why is my water so cloudy after i did a 25percent water change?
4. Do seachem ammonia detector and ph detectors work because that is what i have currently in my fish tank
5. Will my betta like his spongebob aquarium its in my tank right now and hes only been in it for a little.
6. My betta has been in the tank for about 3 weeks now is that a good sign at least?
Thank you so much for reading all of this your feedback means so much!