I figured I'd give one of these a go, to keep a record for myself if nothing else!
My husband and I are currently living three hours apart from one another for job reasons, and he decided to set up a tank for a betta after he moved. He had a betta years ago, but we believed what a random Petsmart employee told us about care, and unfortunately didn't research it ourselves. He did regular water changes etc, but Chuck (the betta from years ago) was in one of those betta cubes, and he ended up getting what we're pretty sure was dropsy, and unfortunately passed away.
Cue to several years later, and he decided to try again with a betta, but did all the research on his own this time, which led him to this site. Now his new betta, Ronan, is set up in a heated, filtered 10g with some neon tetras as well. Well, his tank was so gorgeous I wanted to give it a try as well!
So I went and bought myself a 10g kit, which included a heater and a filter, gravel, silk plants, etc, and set myself up a tank!
I tried to do a fishless cycle on a 10g tank first, but due to some mishaps on my end the fishless cycling process kind of failed for me. I've been obsessively checking all the LFS while trying to cycle, and then I found this guy:
He had to come home with me!
So I bought him, named him Locke, came home and did a 100% water change on the tank, tested it to make sure there was no ammonia left, primed etc, and proceeded to float him:
I floated Locke for 20 minutes, and then added approx 1/4 a cup of tank water to his cup, floated him for another 10 minutes, added more, another round of 10 minutes, and into the tank he went!
He was really fiesty in the cup at the pet store, and started flaring at his reflection in the back of the tank as soon as I had him in there. I tried to feed him that same night, but he wasn't interested at all, so I turned the light off and left him be. Yesterday morning he did eat, though! So yesterday and today I've started to set up the routine of feeding him twice a day, 3-4 pellets each time. (I'm using Omega One betta pellets).
I added a new bottle of Tetra Safe Start to the tank today, since I messed up the fishless cycling process, and now I'll be doing a fish-in cycle. Hopefully this won't stress Locke too much!
I also left the light off for him all day yesterday so he could get more used to his big space, and today when I turned the light on he was like WHAT IS THIS MADNESS?! lol, but he calmed down after a minute and now he's swimming all around the tank :)
AND I know this is a long first post, but last thing - when I opened up the lid to feed him tonight, I was confused like WHAT is making these bubbles all over my tank... OH! HE BLEW A BUBBLE NEST!
I know a bubble nest is not actually an indicator of their happiness or anything, but it made ME really happy :)