Hello everyone! I'm looking for a little advice with my new betta endeavor. I'm a college student studying biology and decided to get a betta fish for my dorm room. Unfortunately I have very little space available; the largest aquarium I have room for is a minibow 2.5 gallon. I wish I could give it a 5 gallon, but given space and my need to transport it to/from home, that's not possible at this point.
The little floating dolphin will come out when I put the betta in. Does this look too crowded?
In my aquarium I have a filter (super quiet and almost no current), 2 plastic plants and a little cave (passed the panty-hose test), and a tetra submersible heater (50 watt) that when combined with the light keeps the aquarium at around 76 degrees. I'm wondering if I should take the shark cave out - it takes up a lot of room but I want to give the betta something to hide in. I was thinking I can leave it in and just take it out if the betta doesn't seem to like it? What do you think?
I've attempted doing a fishless cycle using betta pellets, but I can't seem to get the ammonia levels up. I'm going to an aquarium store friday to get my (hopefully healthy) betta. The aquarist told me that if I do a 50% water change (conditioned, of course) when my ammonia and nitrite levels go up (every 2-3 days) I can keep my betta alive during the cycling. Has anyone had success cycling with their betta if they closely monitor their water quality?
So that's my situation, can you guys give me any suggestions? Tell me what I'm doing terribly wrong? I've only ever had carnival goldfish before in bowls (no need to lecture, I know it's awful) and surprise surprise was very unsuccessful. I'm determined to do this right.