Originally Posted by chrisbdaemon
I just purchased a new Betta yesterday and now that I'm reading more, like finding out that I need to completely clean the fish bowl every day to keep him healthy and that I need to spend more money to buy a heater and bigger fish tank (tbh, i'm not sure what size my tank is, i bought it from walmart for around $7 and it didn't say anywhere but i think its 1-2g?) and possibly buy a filter and a bunch of stuff to start the cycling... its all beginning to be a bit overwhelming to be honest!
Once I get things sorted out and get a pattern down does everything get easier and smoother? If I use a 2-5g tank how much would it cost on average to get a filter and setup the cycle (I'm trying to decide if I want a filter or not).
Has anyone been in my situation recently that could give some advice?
Alright as for the number of gallons your current tank actually is you can either fill a gallon milk jug all of the way and see how many it take to fill your tank (with the decorations and everything else removed from the tank), you can also use what I use when I am cleaning my tanks which is a gallon pitcher.
Yes as you figure out a pattern and the easiest way to to things it does get easier, at least I have found it easier.
As for how much a filter costs, that really depends on what kind of filter you want to get and how much your willing to spend. once the filter is purchased its fairly low maintenance, after I bought my first filter, the replacement carbon pouches averaged about $3 a month. Over all with a 10 gallon and two 2 gallon tanks I spent an average of maybe $6 a month between food, conditioner, and carbon replacements for the filter.
The size of your tank will determine how often you need to do water changes, the smaller the tank, the more frequent the water changes.
Yes it can be overwhelming I recently upgraded to a 29 gallon tank and found it slightly overwhelming simply because of the size.