My husband just got 2 goldfish and 1 sucker fish for my birthday about 3 weeks ago. We don't know anything about fish keeping,so he got a 2 gallon tank for the three fish with a filter because the salesperson said "it should be enough for 3 fish". Well,I really liked them,so I did some research and found out everything we did, we did it wrong. So I bought them a bigger tank but it still didn't seem to help because the sucker fish died and the two goldfish got ammonia poisoning(they are all red and just sitting on the bottom). I really feel sorry for them because they are really nice fish,but at the same time I am angry that they did not say anything in the shop about cycling or water changes or tester kits.
So there was the question "what do we do with the small tank?" So my husband went back to the pet store,and without any questions(again) he bought Lekvar(my beautiful betta). I was really angry at him that without any thinking he bought an other fish(although we killed 1 and poisoned 2) and put it into that small poisonous tank.
So again I did some research on betta fish keeping and realized that this tank is still small for only one betta as well.(this time my tester kit was on the way)
So I decided that I am not going to lose an other such beautiful fish,so I bought a bigger tank(about 5 gallon, 20 liters) When I got my tester kit I chekced the water in the small tank and it had really high ammonia.I quickly did some water change on it to lower it.
So I set up the new tank and let it run for 1 day. Of course there is filter and water heater in it. I put some gravel,2 small ornaments and 1 moss ball as well and 1 plant but after 2 days I took that out because it didn't seem healthy. And of course I put water conditioner and some Pure Aquarium clear balls.
After one day I put Lekvar in the new tank. He really seem to like it,because he has so much space now to swim and few places to hide.
Right now is day 3 since I put him in the new tank. I did check the parameters every day since I put him in,there is no ammonia in the tank yet. My parameters right now: ammonia:0 mg/l nitrite:0.5 mg/l nitrate:25 mg/l.
The water temperature is usually between 25-26 degrees(78-80 F). Ph level is between 7.2-7.6 .
We feed him with Hikari Betta Bio-gold pellets and sometimes dried blood worms.
He seem to be happy and healty and it seems like he starts to like us:)
My questions are: how often should I change the water while cycling the tank? How much water should I change? Should I get a vacuum for the gravel? Do I do something wrong?
I already love this little guy so much, I really want him happy and healthy and provide him excellent water conditions,please if you have any advice how to do it,let me know!:)