I'm hoping to find help here. My family knew I'd wanted a betta for years. Last weekend they surprised me with an aquarium kit from fish.com & a gift certificate to a local pet store for a betta. (Thank goodness they didn't actually get the fish!) I've never had a fish before & know I've a lot to learn.
I know the tank should be bigger, but until I get things stabilized this is what I have for now. (I got some extra things to prep the tank, Nutrafin stuff recommended by pet store staffperson):
*1 gallon tank with lid & light, plastic grate (filter?) under gravel
*Blue gravel is supposed to absorb ammonia, says to change it every 30 days
*submergible Heater; "electronic thermostat automatically adjusts to 78ºF"
*Nutrafin Cycle ("reduces fish loss, more nitrifiers, keeps aquariums healthy, rapidly matures new aquariums, for fresh or salt water, cannot overdose")
*Nutrafin Aqua-plus tap water conditioner for fresh or saltwater use
*Hikari Betta Bio-Gold baby pellets (mfg Kyorin)
*2 thermometers - one on either side of the tank until I see what the heater does
*2 fake plants. 1 silk, the other soft plastic, both tested on pantyhose
Will this setup work for a small betta for now? Should I be using anything different, or something else? I'd love to go looking for my new friend this weekend so I'll have time to slowly acclimate him to the water. Set up tank last night so water would have time to condition & temperature to settle.
Any advice would be welcome.