Please forgive me in advance for any dumb questions I might ask. I'm a newbie when it comes to keeping fish properly and would really appreciate any tips and advice anyone can give me.
I have on order a Marineland Eclipse Hex 5 gallon
in addition to other things like a heater and so on. I have additive-free ammonia which I will be using to do a fish-less cycle before putting my future betta buddy in.
With this in mind, here comes my questions
1. To jump start the bacteria growing, I plan on using an air stone but removing it before putting a betta in. Would there be any problems with this approach?
2. All the substrate, plants, and decorations etc., should go in before I start cycling correct? Basically everything but the fish?
3. If I want to use real plants at some point down the road, how much of an impact would it be to the cycle?
4. I really like the look of sand but would I be asking for trouble using it in such a small tank?
I have many more questions but I'll hold off for now, hehe. I don't want to scare anyone away from answering