Hi everyone! This is my first post on this site. I've read a ton of the posts here, which greatly helped me order all the stuff for my betta (which I plan to picking up soon after Christmas). I just wanted to share what I have put together so far and ask if there is anything else I should get (besides decorations and substrate).
Which reminds me of a question about the water. Is it ok to fill up a bucket (probably a 2-3 gallon) with the water and put the water conditioner in it, and then put it in the tank? The guide I read said to put the water in the tank and then put in the conditioner, so does it really matter?
Anyways, I just wanted to get everyone's feedback on my (soon to be) setup and see if there is anything else I should get. I was planning on picking up some bloodworms and tank decorations at petco when I go to buy my betta, and I believe I should look for a few plants (silk!) and a cave-like, smooth structure.
Thanks for the feedback and creating such a great community for starting fish-keepers like myself!
P.S. How exactly do you pronounce "betta?" Is it like "BEE - TAH" or "BAY - TAH?"
Last edited by AcrimoniousArbiter; 12-20-2011 at 12:03 PM.
Well hey there :) I got the other filter as my main filter (since it has the sponge for cycling), and will likely use the filter that comes with the tank for my 2.5 gal tank I've had empty in the basement forever. I'm going to use the 2.5 gal tank for when I'm home from college on breaks and such, but the 5 gallon should be the main tank at school.
I'm excited to see the tank, cool you got the same stuff :) I also read that it's a good idea to keep the heater's top above the water line to prevent an oil-like slick. Has that been your experience? I'll probably do that since I'm paranoid anyways lol.
I don't have any experience with test strips; the two bettas I have now are my first fish since I was in high school (more years ago than I care to admit ;) ), and I went with the liquid kit when I bough my initial supplies. I've heard mixed reviews about the strips. Hopefully someone more experienced will come along and have a better answer for you.
Strips aren't as accurate as the liquid kits. And it works out to be the same price, if you buy all the strips separately. Like, the ammonia, nitrites, nitrates etc end up working out to about the same as just buying the API master test kit (liquid). I bought the strips and realized that they really aren't as accurate. The liquid kits go to like the 0.1ppm, where the strips go to 1ppm.
You really only need the test kit if you plan on cycling your tank. Which I would do, if you are using a 5 gallon, otherwise you'll have to do 100% water changes, which can be bad on the back after a while lol.