I recently purchased a 2 gallon Aquaview 360
, strangely enough to add to my apartment for Feng Shui purposes. :) I've owned a fish tank before, but it was much larger and several years ago, so i need some help. Obviously, i am considering a Betta to inhabit my new water feature.
When i owned a tank before i cycled it fishless for a week with a bacteria water additive (not anything fancy as BioSpira), then gradually added White Clouds and everything worked out fine.
I'm wondering though if running it for that week even did anything at all, and if the tank didn't cycle until i put the fish in it. If i do this one the same way, will my Betta suffer? I certainly dont want it to experience permanant gill damage.
I've read a lot of very conflicting things about cycling, but i'm wondering how much of that applies to such a small tank. And no, I dont have a test kit. the last one I had was impossible to read. I'm thinking i'll just wait a week and take a water sample to the pet store for testing.
Also, I like live plants, so are there any that are better or worse for Bettas? Should i put them in while the tank is cycling or after? Does it matter?
I realise i'm probably going to need a heater, but will it make a difference that the tank is acrylic? I can just imagine it melting onto the side, lol.
Thanks in advance for your advice!