I'm new to the forums and had a few questions. I've been out of the aqua hobby scene for awhile and got back into after i rescued 3 Bettas from the local pet store. (I probably would have rescued more but 3 was all I could carry.)
So as of now I have a red CT named Diablo (he has ray curl =/ ), a marble CT named Peacock, and a Royal Blue CT named Mr. Sparkles. They all have their seperate 1/2 gal aquariums. (I know!! I feel bad already! It's all I could afford at the time.) Anyways, today I bought a 10gal starter kit and ordered some dividers. (Figured 3.3gal would be enough for now until I can afford something bigger.) The dividers will be here in a week and that's when I'll get started on their new home. Since I've been out of the hobby for awhile, I had a few questions to make sure I'm doing this right. So here goes.
1. Bottom of the aquarium. As of now I have river rocks and pea gravel. I was thinking of getting some aquarium gravel from the store (since I would like to eventually have live plants) and mixing some of the river rocks in with it. Would this be ok? Or is there something better I can use?
2. Live plants. I'm looking for some live plants that are a) not too big since the aquarium will be divided. b) fairly cheap since I don't have a lot of money. and c) easy to take care of. Any suggestions?
3. Making the filter "slow flow". I have a cartridge filter and I know that having a high flow filter isn't good for Bettas. So I was thinking of taking some pieces of sponge and wedging it into the intake and maybe the exit of the filter to slow down the flow a little bit. Is this a good idea or can reducing the flow to the pump burn it out?
4. Feeding. Right now I have them on a mixed diet of pellets and freeze dried blood worms. I plan to get some frozen blood worms when I move them into their new home. I have access to live (wild) blood worms/ mosquito larva. Would feeding them that hurt them?
I think that's about it for now. Thanks for any and all advice.