I just made this account a few hours ago and have been reading as much as I can to have a better understanding of betta fish care. I'm assuming 'QT' means quarantine tank, and from what I understand, people use them for sick fish or when they get a new plant/fish to make sure nothing is wrong with them and/or kill unwanted parasites, bacteria, etc. So I'm curious as to how I would go about setting up a QT.
When quarantining a plant, should I do the same steps as when I quarantine a fish? What should I add to the water exactly for a fish I just bought in order to make sure its healthy and doesn't have any unwanted bacteria? Or is that even something I should worry about with a fish, save for when he/she is sick? Do I need any special kind of additives for plants to make sure the plant is healthy like root tabs and/or additives that help the plant grow? Or should I wait to move it to the actual tank and then use those products for the plant? For plants, is tap water okay for them to sit in? I read that the chlorine would help kill any unwanted critters and such, but again, I wasn't sure..
Just a bit of info to get an idea on the situation, I have a 1.5 gallon tank, but I've decided to upgrade to a 2.5 so I figured the 1.5 would be a decent tank to quarantine in. I have a few decorations and fake plants, but it seems like actual living plants are better for looks AND the fish/tank environment. I'm new to plants, too, so after reading a bit about certain ones I was thinking of getting an anacharis plant, as well as a marimo ball for the tank.