I must say I love this site- I have been stalking it for a week now. It is so informative, and everybody seems super friendly. I do not have my betta yet, I want to make sure I have everything right before I bring him home :) I have other fish (goldfish) and a turtle, but I have been wanting a betta for a long time, and now I finally have the money/space/time to get one. Yay!
Oh, and thanks a million for posting the betta care sticky thread-it really helps!
This is the setup I am doing:
Tank- plexiglass, 5 gallon, bowfront, filled 4.5 gallon
Hood- I took the black top rim off the tank and attached soft mesh screening with Krazy Glue (glued edge is outside of tank) I want to make sure he can't jump, but can still breathe
Substrate- gravel, medium size, 1/2 from established tank
Filter- yes, was from an established tank
Tank temp- 78-79 degrees F (falls to 77 at night)
Plants- live- combination of lily-type plants, and shorter plants he can rest in/on
I don't have an ammonia/nitrate/nitrite test kit yet, it should be delivered tomorrow, then I can post the numbers
Cycled- yes, with fish (who seem to be quite happy, so I guess the numbers are ok? lol)
Hiding spots- yes- and I did a "pantyhose test"
Water- tap, mixed with Tetra AquaSafe conditioner
I also have a "fish bucket", gravel vac,sturdy, not-gonna-be-shaken kind of spot for the tank. It's out of the direct sun, it's on a wall opposite my bedroom windows. He'll get light, but it filters in from the sides. (should I get a light for the tank?) I'll get the pellets when I get my fish. (and I need to return the betta flakes, lol) I am also getting him freeze dried bloodworms and brine shrimp for treats.
Does everything sound about right?
Any comments/critiques/various pointers greatly appreciated :)