3 years ago I joined a sorority, and our chapter is "beta" - so we give out betta fish upon initiation. That is when I got my first betta, and it lived about two years happily in my 1.5 gallon tank. I also had two tetras and an angel fish in a bigger 10 gallon tank. Those didn't live so long :(
A few weeks ago I decided to get another betta, but it died on sunday. I joined the forum looking for advice on how to help the sick betta, and have since become fascinated with the betta fish. (an addiction is definitely building). I had ordered a 5 gallon hex tank for my new betta, it is coming in sometime this week, but unfortunately Illyria will never get to inhabit it.
I want a new male betta to fill this tank with. As I have been doing research I have found many types of tails. I am assuming that Illyria was a VT. Looking at wal-mart they have VT and crowntails, but I want a halfmoon tail or a delta tail. Where can I go that is trustworthy and safe and treats the bettas well?
Also, what are suggestions for a five gallon tank? I was definitely planning on having live plants. What plants should I stock it with? And if I have plants, what kinds of chemicals should I add? I have AquaSafe for dechlorination/ammonia/nitrate, and SeaChem Stabilizer for adding good bacteria. Should I add those or no?
Thanks for all of your help!