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I have a new aquarium set up for my Betta. I have had the filter running for 72 hours now. Today I added the garvel and some plants. How long should I wait until introducing him to his new home?
Forgot to add, it is a 20L tank. I have a ph colour testing kit, thinking I should invest in something easier to use or something digital for more accurate readings. The kit I have says the water ph is at 7.4. I am trying my best here for my little guy, he deserves a nice big tank with friends, am going to be adding some neon tetras whenever the tank is ready. I am just not sure how to tell if it is safe for Phoenix.
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Sorry to ruin your plans but a 5 gallon cannot support a Betta and at least 5 neon tetras, there is no way. Bettas are aggressive fish and need space, he will feel cramped and could end up killing the tetras. Also a bioload of that much will make you do water changes like 2-3 times a week instead of 1 a week. Also neons if not properly schooled or in big schools, can nip all of the bettas fins off. Overstocking when you are new is definitely not recommended.

pH shouldn't be worried about with bettas, worry about ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate more. pH should stay the same as long ad you aren't buffering it.
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