Originally Posted by Smokey65662
First, what plans/decorations are in the tank? Also what was the reaction exactly? Was he just lethargic, and sulking? If so being down there would make it dark...bettas need light as well. In nature during the day they get light, so im sure your little buddy probably appreciates it just as much as any other fish. The biggest thing though is a heater...if its dark, the water temp can get low, which would make your fish pretty lethargic. As for the filtering you can get a filter OR do 100% water changes once a week. It all depends on what you prefer I suppose. If I said/asked anything dumb I appologise.
I have some fabric plants, a little house he can go in, a few figurines, that's about it. They covered the entire tank bottom, but he didn't go near them. He stayed at the top hovering behind the heater. He was breathing very heavy and fast, and he looked quite a bit paler.
I could have actually provided him with more light, but I kept it dark to try and reduce his stress. I turned on the light in the tank for just a second, and he totally freaked out! He does not do well with aquarium lights. He has a 25W heater that was keeping the water close to 80.
Originally Posted by HatsuneMiku
my first worrie would be the china cabinet .. as most of those shelves aren't made to hold a lot of weight .. a 5g tank can easily weigh of 50-60 lbs ..
taking off the hood and putting it back on won't disturb or stress him out .. he will just be conditioned to the movement and sounds .. exactly like pavlovs bell and dog experiments .. he will just learn that whenever you move the hood .. he will get food .. =) as long as you don't make sudden movement with the hood or loud noises with the hood or accidentally drop the hood back onto the tank when your moving it .. it'll be ok =D
you don't have to cycle your tank when u get a filter .. you could if you wanted to .. for the most part 5g cycle is unstable but do-able if monitored constantly .. if your doing weekly 100% changes .. you don't really need to get a filter
putting a filter in won't be harmful unless it starts cycling on it's own .. (which it probably will start cycling after prolong use as good bacteria keeps forming on the filter media even with the frequent water changes this good bacteria will still colonize over time) .. when it does .. then you will have to test the waters and monitor it so that ammonia and nitrite and nitrate levels do not get too high and do extra water changes if that happens ..
He's actually not on the shelf of the cabinet, he's below the shelves on the desk part. The cabinet is made out of very sturdy wood, so I'm not worried about the shelves falling or anything.
It would be actually a little loud when I move the hood because it's a pretty tight fit under there. Plus he's really not used to anything being over his head. I was thinking maybe I would leave it open until he got used to the tank. I would just keep the water lower in case he jumps, although he has never attempted to but it's better to be safe than sorry. And because the shelves are above him, and everything is kind of closed around him since I'll push the tank to the back and against the side of the cabinet, I think it'll work out.
Thanks for the info about the filter. I don't think I'll get one, because I really don't know what I'd be doing. I don't know how to read those test things, and I think even a small current would upset my fish. He's extremely finicky. I guess I'll just have to do those 100% water changes, even though both he and I hate them. Right now I do one 100%, one 50%, and one 25% per week in a 2.5 gallon. Would I be able to cut out the partial changes and just do the 100% every week? Or maybe just one 25% in between?