Hello. I purchases Sparky from LPS a few weeks ago. It's been years since I owned a fish, and this is my first betta. I already bought a tank, a 1.1 gal with a filter and light. I quickly got attached and am now have a 9 gal tank (still setting up). I've made mistakes, such as not buying a thermometer and heater and buying freeze dried blood worms. I now have pellets as well as freeze-dried bloodworms, so no worries. My current tank (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0036S4Z5O
But now I have a much larger tank (http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...ductId=2753110
). I haven't moved Sparky yet because I haven't decorated the tank yet.
How often do I need to change the water? And 50 percent okay or should I do less? Like 25% because of the filter? My 1gal tank I change 50 percent 3 times a week and it has a filter and is very clean. But I'm not sure on a 9 gal how often I'll need to change it.
I need a net but at my local store they only have these not-really small nets that I think could damage my betta's fins. So I'm thinking of buying one if I go to Petco or just purchasing online. Any brands or anything specific I should look for when buying a net? (I live in the middle of nowhere, so petco/petsmart are like 2 hours away from me)
I currently have a heater (7.5 watts for a 2.5gal-5gal) and it's this one (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0006JLPFE
) will that work for my new tank? If not, what watt should I purchase? And any recommendations on brands?
I also bought some silk biorb plants from LPS and have ordered off amazon these two items: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0027ITKBS
but they haven't arrived yet. Any opinions or cute anecdotes on these toys?
Amazon has this item: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...=ATVPDKIKX0DER
and seeing as it has no product reviews, if anyone owns this can you tell me if it passes the nylon test?
Long post, so now to the final questions! I would like to put in some ghost shrimp before I put in the betta, as I read that's recommended. I'm planning on purchasing at least 5 of the largest ghost shrimp they have. Sound good? I read that prawns can be dangerous and sometimes get mistaken for ghost shrimp so buying the largest they have will cut down the chance they'll grow up to be large prawns? Or there's no way to prevent that chance?
Zebra snails lay eggs? Do loaches eat the eggs? If I ever purchase a bigger tank, then I might get some loaches and a snail for my betta but currently I'm not interested in that. Are Black Kuhli loaches (4 inches) the same as yo-yo / Pakistani loach (6 inches) when it comes to being betta-compatible tankmates?
Sparky is red, blue, purple-ish crowntail. I notice that two weeks since I bought him his tail is clear at the end now and he's quite a bit bigger than when I first bought him. Is he loosing color or is he growing and the color hasn't checked in yet? Or something else completely?
Thanks for reading the long post. It's thanks to this forum I've learned a lot about the PROPER care for a betta fish and hopefully I will no longer be a cruel owner!