Hello, I'm new here and wanted to talk
to you about my betta fish's home. His name is Yin and I
just moved him to his 10 gallon permanant home.
A month ago, I got him from Petsmart in a tiny cup that stunk and had hardly any air
I brought him home and put him in a 1.9 gallon tank, after acclimating him for 20 mins.
He was very happy & active after the first few days but he had velvet and something wrong with his gill. (the tissue under his gill stuck out when he wasn't flairing. For weeks I used 2 teaspoons of non-iodised table salt in the little tank
but those two problems didn't go away. For a few days, he was a fin-biter but then he stopped, leaving his finns a little nipped up. The salt healed that up quickly but he started losing colors.
After about a month of the little 2 gallon, I decided
to upgrade him to a ten-gallon aquarium.
It has a screen top, thermometer, ten pounds gravel, plus 2 ceramic hidey-pots, and I went to the petstore and got a live plant. I ordered a heater (Hydor mini heater for 5-10 gallons) that I read had good reviews.
He is now in the new tank only filled up halfway to start, (I need to get the money for several more plants before filling it up all the way) and the thermometer reads 77.4-6 F in day and 75.0 F at night. I just got the filter I ordered & installed it. He's still swimming fine so the current must not be too strong. He still has velvet. but his color is stronger now, meaning he must be happy in his new tank. But what should I do about the diseases he still has?
And what about the nitrogen cycle? I just remembered about cycling his
bigger tank!, is it OK to cycle it with him?