My betta just died :( He had a fungal infection. I treated it the day I noticed it but when I woke up this morning to give him his medicine he was dead. Sooo lame.
Anyway, I'm about to start over. I want to do everything perfectly, cycling the tank beforehand etc etc. So I have a few questions: would it be best to throw away the gravel in his tank or is there a way to sanitize it really well? Also, any ideas on how to sanitize a marimo moss ball? There are two in the tank and I really like them, I'd rather not throw them out but I want to make sure all of the fungus is gone so I don't infect the new guy. Also, I'm thinking of putting salt in the tank to prevent fungal infections in the future. Is salt detrimental to moss balls? I know it's bad for live plants but what about marimo? They are actually colonies of green algae, if that helps...Also, should I keep the moss ball and the silk plants in the tank while I'm cycling it or should I take them out?