I got my first fish couple weeks ago, after ogling my brother's g/f betta fish since she first introduced me to hers. We went to Petsmart to pick up some fish for their fish aquarium. There sitting on a self near the aquariums where the Betta fish in their gross cups. I went through each cup to see what kind of colors they had. Sitting in the behind the others was Kratos. I begged my dad to take him home with me. Minutes later I was in the car with the cup contain Kratos in my hands.
Long story short. He lived in his 1/2 gallon tank until I recently upgraded to a 1 gallon fish bowl for now. I know some might think 1 gallon is small for a betta, but Kratos seems happy the way its. I am sure he will be ever more sowith a bigger tank, but right now I think I am going to stick with it for a while until I get use to having a fish. (I hope I didn't offend anyone saying that)
-> I kept his 1/2 gallon tank in case I might need it.
-> I do 50% water change mid week, and one full water changed at the end of the week. Is that ok?
-> I clean everything with hot water with no soap. I also cleaned his old tank with white vinegar which I read couple times on the net to use. And rinsed well with hot water.
-> I use Nutrafin Aqua+ with Stress Reduction water treatment (also can someone tell me how much to use on a one gallon tank. All of them say use 1tsp per 5 gallon)
-> I read that Betta loves variety so they don't get bored. I alternate with pellets and flakes that I crush to bit size peaces for him. Ironically, he likes the flakes over the pallets. And I have freeze dried bloodworms for a treat.
-> I got a thermometer for his tank which he did not like it being in his tank. but he got use to it.
-> I only have 2 fake plants, but I love to add some real plants if possible for being a small bowl. Anyone can give me pointers on plants that will work for a 1 gallon bowl, that would be great. Another question is rocks. Is it safe to add to a tank if its natural and boiled for hour or two to remove any bacteria etc?
Is it better to get a master kit that contains Ph, Nitrate, and Ammonia test, or is it cheaper to buy them individually?
And I know I'm going to get yelled at for not having a heater for my bowl, but can anyone recommend a good heater for a 1 gallon fish bowl?
I seen couple at Petsmart, but the reviews got me weary on buying the product. I prefer to buy it at the store before waiting one to come in mail, and have some unexpected weather change. Right now during the day is warm for him, but the weather is changing and I hate to have no heater in the middle of snow or worse.
Oh and I covered the top with tulle and hold it in place with an elastic band and ribbon to prevent him jumping out of his bowl. I know it sounds tacky.
Other then buying Ph/Ammonia test and a heater, is there anything else I might need or tips/suggestions. I feel like I am doing something wrong :c
Thanks for putting up with my newbie questions.