Hello everyone! I've been checking out the forum for a while, and I finally joined. I've got some questions, and I'm hoping for some advice on what to do.
I have a lovely little blue Betta that I got around Christmas last year. He's been living in a small 1-gallon and was doing fine until I got sick and was unable to change his water often enough. He got fin rot, but I've gotten it taken care of now. I've been saving my money, and in a few weeks he'll be getting a new 5-gallon tank with a filter and the works.
I'm getting a Hawkeye 5 gallon acrylic tank
and I was wondering what to put in it for my Betta. My main questions are about gravel/substrate. I have in his tank now those small glass round pebbles, would those be good to use in his big tank too, or should I go with something bigger? I switched to those glass beads from regular aquarium gravel because it was difficult to get all the poop out of the small gravel when I cleaned his tank. Would that still be a problem with a filter?
I'm looking to go all-out on this tank, but I'm a little confused about what would be best for my Betta. I'd considered sand, because I love the look of it in one of my aquatic turtle's tanks, and its really easy to care for with him, but then I realized that the sand would be hard to care for with all the decorations in a betta tank (turning the sand is easy with my turtle, he digs up all his plants within a day or so).
Any advice on what kinds of plants? I've thought about getting a few live plants, mainly water wisteria, but I'm going to have to do more research before I get one.
I want to get a cave as well. I'm worried that most I've seen online/in catalogs are too rough and could hurt my Betta if he rubs against them. I saw some sort of glow-in-the-dark fossil cave recently that looked really smooth. Has anyone seen/used these before and are they any good, or would I be better off with something else?
Also, I used to keep a small bubble stone with a tiny air pump in Betta's tank, and I would only turn it on for a few minutes at a time. My Betta loved it, he would dart in the bubbles and get really active. I took it out after his fin-rot and have since not put it back in. I read somewhere that bubble stones are bad for Betta's. Would it be okay to put one back in the new tank, and only run it like I used to for a few minutes every now and then?
Thanks in advance for any help!