I have a lot of questions that I am sure have come up before in the past. Rather then start a bunch of new threads with them, I have been trying to search and I haven't found pretty much anything I have searched for.
It looks like I did a LOT wrong when I got my Betta. I got a three gallon tank kit with a whisper filter. Marineland crescent 3 system. It had a lot of good reviews. I was and am cycling it still (now with a danio in it to hopefully speed it up a little because I didn't listen to the "after you add this to your tank you can put fish in right away!..)
The pet store sold me substrait made out of lava rock? The bag didn't say what it was. (It looks like lava rock, and when I was rinsing it in a bucket it took me about 6 hours to get most of the filth. (Cloudy dust/dirt/small particles that would make the water horrible if you bumped the gravel.) I need to know if it is safe for Bettas?
I need to replace my plastic plants with something that won't hurt my fish. (20 dollars worth of plastic cool looking garbage now) I have seen silk plants in some posts but no specific information on what kind other then no glitter etc. Some come with wires which I am guessing is bad for heavy metal leech into the water. How can I tell if the dye on them is safe? I really want to go to the dollar store and pick out something since they have silk plants there but I don't want to hurt my fish.
(no one kill me on this one please)
Why is the IBC so secretive and unhelpful with information? When I got my Betta their website was the FIRST place I went, after reading my Betta book which is ok but left me with a lot of questions. Basically all I got from them was "Give us money, and we will give you information. All the rest of you who don't give us money need to go elsewhere because we do not want to help Ye of little cash." (During my search for information I picked up a rather nasty computer virus, mind you only clicking on sites that my anti-virus software said were safe to go to, but the stupid hackers got around that) Then I found this site and pretty much stopped here.
I really don't want to sound like a troll, (and I KNOW I probably do.) but I am frusterated (not understanding the search function on forums and the need to wipe my operating system off my computer soon), and very sad for all my moms fish, scared to death i'm going to kill mine. (either by cross contamination or some stupid mistake I could have avoided if I knew what I was looking for)
My first 5 days with my new little guy have pretty much been filled with horror. (Not Storm's fault though!!) But I would like to thank OldFishLady for her help, and to those of you who did welcome me to the site. My post kind of turned into a novel and a rant and I am sorry to those who only read short posts. Once I can use the forum I am sure I can answer some of the above myself.