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Hello everyone from Glasgow Scotland in the United Kingdom! 😉

Brand new to this forum, brand new to Fish keeping, got a brand new tank that's not set up yet and looking forward to my first brand new (first ever) Betta.

As you can see from my profile picture I have a brand new un-boxed Fluval Spec V 19 litre (5 US gallon) tank.

Also just purchased Substrate and fine Gravel along with some rock's and a piece of Azalea wood.

Will be buying live plants and aquascaping early next week in preparation to buy a male Betta and get him settled in his home in around 3 weeks or so from now.

Please help me get this tank set up and cycled for a Betta to settle in comfortably in his new home bye July the 19th and I'll be your friend to the end!!!

Kind regards,

I ♥ Fish Dic#s

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It sounds like you do have a plan.

Welcome to the forum. I know we here will do everything we can to help.

First make sure the wood and rocks have no sharp edges. You wouldn't want your first new boy to tear fins on rough edges. When planting a tank always plan ahead in placement. I always plant higher plants (or larger bunch, plants along the back length of the tank.) Now most people will float the bunch plants Which I find keeping them in place to be a pain. I always choose my bunch plants with thicker stems and having already grown a good root bunch. I plant them and add Plant tabs when I do. It gives good hides and resting places for my betta. It also defuses the filter discharge. This allows the filter to do it's job but the tank current is dispersed across the higher plants. and keeps the tank calm. I then start planting a few medium and smaller plants to mid ground adding my decor to sides and center of the tank. I finish the tank with smaller plants to the front and sides of the front. (Keep in mind this saying. When planting a tank for betta when you are done planting, IF YOU CAN SEE YOUR BETTA WHEN YOU GLANCE AT THE TANK YOU DON'T HAVE ENOUGH PLANTS. ) Betta love hides and resting places They love to feel safe, and cover overhead from tall plants and lots of hides gives them that safe feeling and no stress.

I also add Flourish once a week to my tanks and the plants thrive. I find myself trimming them every 2-3 weeks (do not use Flourish excel unless you have advanced plants that need that supplement.)

Keep checking your water parameters and when the tank cycles they should be reading Ammonia 0 ppm, Nitrite 0 ppm, and nitrate between 5 and 10 ppm. When your reading are daily in this range for a week the tank has cycled.
When you add your new betta there will be higher readings in these ranges because you have now increased the bio load. First couple of weeks I do 25% water changes every two days, and a 50% water change once every two weeks. As the parameters go back to normal you can cut back the water changes to 25% each week. (Remember that each time you do water changes to add prime or another water treatment to detoxify the water going in to the tank.

I recommend Prime because not only does it detoxify the water but also helps the growth of your beneficial bacteria. (which you need to build up in the filter to deal with breaking down the toxic ammonia, and complete the nitrogen cycle.)

Hope some of this helps. couple of pictures of a few of my tanks.

https://www.bettafish.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=963498&stc=1&d=1561202029

https://www.bettafish.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=963500&stc=1&d=1561202132

https://www.bettafish.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=963502&stc=1&d=1561202149
 

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welcome to the forum! can't wait to see your tank set up in the future and your new little friend!
 

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Welcome to the forum!

Depending on what type of wood you have, and how big it is, you may need to soak it in water so that it sinks.
- it is v difficult to aquascape a tank if the wood keeps floating off! lol.

Just put it in a bowl or a bucket of tap water and set it to one side. It will float to start with. Just wait til it sinks before you add it to the tank.

Really looking forward to seeing your tank as you develop it.

Why not start a Journal thread in the Journals section of the forum to record it in pics and words, step by step?
 
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