Apologies for the wall of text, first off. I just want to be sure to explain my situation a bit and address any potential questions and whathaveyou that there may be.
I had been planning on setting up (and cycling, of course) a 10-gallon NPT with a divider (just in case, by and large) with some ghost shrimp and a couple ADFs along with the betta -- the betta was going to be added last. Eventually I planned to start up a second 10-gallon for a second betta using a seeded filter from the first tank and (hopefully) some plants produced in that first tank as well. Big plans, haha.
Big plans for which I've been doing sourcing and pricing, and planning to get a couple of other things squared away first before I pursued.
Anyways, a co-worker and I were talking about bettas yesterday when another co-worker came in, heard what we were discussing, and said that her sister had a betta she did not really want anymore if either of us wanted him. She said she basically takes care of him, cleaning his water and such, whenever she's at her mother's. After a bit of thinking, I approached her after clocking out and offered to take the little guy home the next time we both worked (which happens to be tomorrow).
This changes things a little bit -- still the same basic plans, just amended a touch.
My questions, however, relate to the next couple of days. Tomorrow is, no doubt, going to be stressful for him. I've been thinking about it and am planning to pick up a few things before heading home with him. The trip I am going to make as secure and dark as I can (which I've read here are basically synonymous).
I was thinking of picking up some Stress Coat and adding it to his tank before the trip home and holding off on water changes and feeding him until Thursday. Saturday I'll probably get everything for and start setting up the 10-gallon and then transfer him to that once it's ready (so long as all goes well).
This, at least, is the game plan for how I'm figuring on things going -- though I may be surprised. I imagine, since they haven't been treating his water, that he doesn't have a heater either, so I'll be buying him one of those. Should I set that up when I do the first water change? Just run my heater in the room in the meantime?
I figure that way I can be sure all is well with the heater.
Well, that's my plan for the time being...any critiques? Comments? Suggestions?