Hi betta lovers! I have been reading this forum for a long time and have decided to join. I need some tips on betta fish care and how to choose the best betta. I have a 5 gallon hex tank with a filter, a heater, and some silk plants. I also have a ceramic cave ornament in the shape of an old vase for him to hide him because I heard they love hiding spaces. Is there anyting else i should get? Oh and i also have betta pellets, freeze dried blood worms, and frozen brine shrimp cubes. i have aquasafe and bettafix, also i have aquarium salt. Am I missing anything? any suggestions where I should go to get my betta?
I'm guessing your either planning to get water dechlorinator/conditioner? If not that is a must. I would also reccomend getting something to cover the bottom of the tank, like rocks or gravel, a net, a small betta bowl (1-2 gallons)for water changes or as an emergency tank (never know what may happen), test stripes to keep an eye on the water levels (though not needed, but are handy when trying to diagnose causes of illness), and live plants are also a good thing to have as they add oxygen to the water, but not needed.
Like was said before i wouldnt use bettafix unless it is a must. Most things like fin rot can be cured fairly simply with a little aquarium salt (i've been astonished by its wonders).
When choosing a good betta, just look for a healthy one, no ragged fins or dark edges, not lethargic, or sickly looking.
Sounds like you're pretty prepared though, if theres anything else i think of thats handy to have i'll post back. :)
Ha, i didnt read the aquasafe part, but thanks for noticing :)
I may have to try a liquid kit for the future.
As for bettafiz and melafix, both of them have had to many bad reviews in my book and so i wont touch them, but glad to know they dont work anyways. I have maracyn, but never used it as aquarium salt works wonders for fin rot.