Hi, I have two Male Betta fish. One is from Walmart, "Rescue" currently being treated for fin rot. Doing well.
But, my newest betta, Sammy, does something that confuses me? When I put him in the little cup when I clean his tank, he gets horizontal lines on his body. I don't know what this means? Is it a sign of stress or something?
Yes horizontal lines is a sign of stress, you shouldnt have to put him in a cup when you clean his tank if its a 10 gallon. You only need to change 20%-50% water changes which you can do with him in there.
I have a five gallon and was too cheap to buy a tiny gravel vaccuum so I just went to the dollar store and got a turkey baster. It works fine as a mini-vac and, well, it was only a dollar. If you're young and/or live with your parents, you could always try stealing one from them. haha.
You'd still probably want to scoop out and rinse the gravel once in a while, but probably something like once every two or three months. Maybe even longer... and probably not at all or maybe once a year or something if your tank is cycled.
Just use some hose for now, or a cup from the kitchen a MAN'S cup one of them big ones, then change it like that, you shouldnt need to vaccum the gravel after 5 months and 1 fish. You can use the hose, fan the gravel and the poops will come up and float and then you can use the hose or baster or whatever you can come up with and get it done.
If you have just 1 fish, what filtration system do you have?