Today is The Day - I hope!
I dumped the water Thurs, replaced the gravel (including the 'ammonia-absorbing stuff') with glass marbles, & put in fresh tap water at the right temp with just the conditioner - not the 'Cycle', as recommended by folks here.
The water temp has been stable for 36 hours, the nitrate, nitrite, ph, ammonia & hardness are in the right range. So wish me luck! I'm going betta-hunting this afternoon. It's freezing in this part of the country, so I've got an insulated lunchbag with a clean plastic insert plenty big enough to hold one of those little cups the bettas are sold in. I figure that should keep my new friend protected from the cold to & from the car.
I planned to dump 50% of the water in the cup & replace it with water from the tank, let him sit that way for an hour, repeat, then put him in the tank. Will that be enough time to acclimate him? Should I do it differently?
As you see, I really
want this to work!