I've been considering getting a betta for a couple of years now. Knowing this, a couple of friends of mine gifted me with/let me adopt their betta, who had been rudely chomping on the too-long fins of their other fish. So, here I am, trying to catch up as quickly as I can!
Toliq is a very pretty dark blue male who seems pretty happy in his new surroundings. He's very active, swimming around in his too-small tank, awaiting the 2.5 gallon tank that is being left overnight to Nutrafin-treat the tap water and let it warm up to the ambient temperature of ~77' or so.
I think I have everything in order, but I did want to say hello and run a few "am I doing this right?" questions by you. I gather from other threads in the forums that I should pick up a bottle of Prime (since the 2oz bottle of Nutrafin given to me won't last too long with a 2.5 gallon tank and regular 75% cleaning); a variety of Hikari tubifex worms, bloodworms, brine shrimp, and Betta Bio-Gold; a cave (the ones at the store I'd been to seemed to have jagged edges, which I didn't want to risk Toliq's fins on); a mini Hydor heater to boost the 77' ambient temperature up to the low-to-mid-80's; a tank thermometer; and a pH test kit.
The tank so far: (Bear in mind that the water level is a bit low to accommodate the water I'll be pouring in from Toliq's current tank when I transfer him.)
Testing pH - what happens if the water is too basic or too acidic? How would I be able to correct it?
What's an ADF? I'd love to add a little more life to the tank, once I learn the care of snails and shrimp.
And lastly, how do you get such clear, beautiful pictures? I've had no luck getting anything but grainy and washed-out!
I welcome your advice and thoughts. Thank you very much in advance for your help!