So, finally got a new tank for His Majesty! It's the Tetra 5g Starter Kit. Decked it out with some plants and a new structure. He seems to like swimming in between the little gaps the plants create. Nice fabric ones, no plastic.
So this raises some questions that I need answered. He seems to be adjusting well, but there's a couple hitches.
1) I had to baffle the !@#$ out of the filter. I bought a sponge/scrubbie thing for acrylic tanks (figured I could get something heavier later if need be- didn't want to damage the machinery). I cut it to size and wrapped it around the bottom of the filter. But he was being blown around like a kite in the wind, so I stuffed some more in the out-flow to weaken that. And he was still being stirred up, so I stuffed the remainder in the intake pipe thingie, the one that leads to the impeller. The flow has slowed to a trickle, but he prefers it that way, and at least its still running. But I wonder what kind of effect that will have on maintenance?
Additionally, he's coming to college with me. The city where my college is located has HORRIBLE water. Like, if you run the sink or shower at their hottest, it smells like a pool the chlorine is so bad. I wonder if there's a conditioner that can handle that, or if I should just use bottled water? Bottled water is easy to come by- my meal plan is such that I have X-amount of money a day, plus some overage, so I won't have to choose between feeding myself and caring for my fishie. I can also bring water from home once a week.
So the questions are...
1- Is my filter okay and is it still effective enough?
2- In this new 5gal, how many water changes should I do and what percentages per week? Please note that I will be away on weekends. My roommate can feed him, but I don't want her to have to be responsible for his water, too. She's going to have a betta of her own =)
3- Should I use the city water and pray that the conditioner is strong enough, or would bottled water be the safer way to go?