Originally Posted by StacyPaige
Just to clarify for myself - so before getting this new betta, I am going to clean the tank out (just rinse it with warm water and rinse everything inside) and fill it with water. I live in Chicago and the tap water has heavy chlorine in it (I think) which is why I used the Ammonia Clear. So could someone list what they would do if they were getting a brand new fish? I already have the epsum salt, I have Ammonia clear (but don't need to use it) ... should I just leave the water as is? I know the temp needs to be warmer so I have a water heater and a filter. It's a 6.6 gallon tank. I just want to make sure I do everything right. I swear when I was little I don't ever remember my dad putting water conditioners in the tanks when the water was changed but I could be wrong. Also could someone suggest a very good brand of food to give so I do not cause any bladder issues.
Oh and one more question. Is it possible to get a buddy for this betta? A different fish species perhaps? My brother has a HUGE tank with a bunch of fish and one betta that lives there among the fish and loves it in there. I know my tank is small but maybe just leaving him alone is best?
Sorry about your boy :(
Ammonia Clear is NOT a dechlorinator. It will not remove chlorine. You need a dechlorinator like Prime, Stress Coat, Aquasafe or a hundred other brands. Just perform water changes and use a dechlorinator. Two 50% water changes per week would keep his water clean.
Good food brands are Omega One Betta Flakes, Atison's Betta pellets, and New Life Spectrum. In the future, feed FROZEN foods as treats or as part of his diet. Do not feed freeze-dried foods.
A 6.6 gal tank could have either 1 snail or 6 shrimp. No other fish.