I have just been bitten by the 'Betta' bug and I'm having a wonderful time! I have a new Betta named Fin and would like to know if I am 'loving him' correctly. I just want this little character to have a good, healthy life.
Here are the stats.
~ 20 litre, filtered, heated tank, I believe that = 5 gallon?
~ 55 watt heater. H20 Professional is the brand. Temp sits around the 25 - 26 degree Celsius mark. 77 - 78 degree Fahrenheit.
~ I'm feeding him flakes. Nutrafin max.
~ PH levels are sitting at 6.8
~ Ammonia levels are 0.00
~ I'm on tank water/rain water at home. No city water. PH readings straight from tap are 7.0
~ I don't have the kits to test for nitrates and nitrites
~ I have 3 live plants, one plastic
~ Fin shares his tank with a smaller fish, which I 'think' might be a tetra?
Now to my questions.
The lady at the petstore told me not to feed any live foods as they are too high in fat. Is this correct?
Should I be trying to bring the PH levels back to 7.0 or just leave it as is?
Do I trim the top of the plants off that are sticking out of the tank?
Do I need to add a water ager to my rain water? I have been, but not sure if it is necessary.
Can you confirm if the other fish is a Tetra? Fin and the little guy (Pip) actually seem to live in harmony in the tank. Fin will chase him off from time to time, but most of the time they are found swimming together and resting side by side! Should I get another 'Pip' as I believe these kind of fish are schooling fish.
Is Fin a 'veil tail'?
These 2 fish are bringing me so much joy. I can't believe how much personality Fin has!