So I've had my betta for about a week or so. Lovely red halfmoon with a blue sheen on his scales.
I started him in just one of those little Marina tanks with the rocks. Even though he's a pretty small fish, I realized just how annoying these things are. He's really pretty happy with it, especially since I added a leaf hammock. But, I finally got too frustrated with the iffiness and inability to really develop a nice bacterial colony without a filter and with keeping the water clear. Having only now read into many sites (coming back to this one again and again) I have registered here in hopes of you guys helping me to get my little guy into a happy and healthy environment. I'm really enjoying messing with the tanks, it's just I want to get this one just right before I change it. I feel so bad because he's had to deal with me messing with his temporary Marina tank while he's been in there. (So much so he's even more fine with my presence then before)
Long story short: I'm just trying to get this thing cycled and I want to do it as fast as possible so that he can start living life up.
I got a 5gal hexagon Topfin from Petsmart. (Didn't have any rectangular 5gals with a hood and the nearest pet store with one was too far when I got it) Used gravel for the bottom and planted the stupid little Beta Plant Bulbs also from Topfin (Aponogetons.) There's three of them, and one already seems to be doing what I'd say as a clueless person is budding lol. White clumps appearing on them. I also have some small duckweed, though I might decide to dump that before it gets out of hand. I just like the look of it on the top of the water.
I don't have any nylons just lying around. Since the shrimp method is said to be the easiest and I'm unsure about the food method and how much to put in there, I'm wondering if I can use a plastic bag and just poke holes in it? Rather then a nylon since I don't really have any lying around and I've already spent tons on this whole set up.
As far as test kits go, I got an ammonia one by itself as I couldn't find any all-in-one kits at Petco and I figured that it would be easiest to start with the ammonia test anyways. It's by API. I hope this is a reputable brand. The readings so far seem to be ok. Now I just have to find a nitrate test.
My second biggest concern is this bubbler I got. I really love the look but I know bettas can sometimes shy away from these. I figured if I could find a small air pump it would be ok, but all I could find was a 10gal. And ugh it really disturbs the surface. I'm nervous because when I put a little too much duckweed in his little tank it really bothered him. When I took a lot out for the new tank he has calmed down about it but I don't know how that behavior will pan over with the bubbler.
Are bubblers not even recommended with betta? I'm okay without. I just think it looks cool.
Thanks if you read this. If you skim it that's fine. I just thought I'd include a lot of info so that you can get a good idea of what I'm doing and may be doing wrong.