So, My betta has finally recovered from his bout with fin rot and it has made me want to upgrade his tank to a 15.125 cube rimless tank. Filled to the brim it would be almost 15 gallons, so I'm guessing at average real fill depth it'll be 12.5 to 13 gallons. What sort of accessories do I need? What brands do you suggest? I want to make sure I have everything I need before I transfer so everything will go smoothly and I won't shock him, especially after he's just gotten better.
I agree with @J. J. Shark
, live plants, and lots of live plants. Anubias, apongeton bulbs, Jungle Val, Anacharis Elodea (it grows super fast) , water lettuce, water sprite. Anubias are very slow-growing whereas some of the others grow rather quickly. Anubias get recommended a lot because they're pretty hardy. They can float in your tank, or be tied to decor or suctioned cupped on the tank walls, and they don't need any special lighting. Maybe typing in planted tank ideas and then click on images so you get an idea of some really amazing tanks! Anubias on loop suction cups can be moved up and down the tank wall and can make for a great place to rest on top and at the bottom of the tank. I personally love really bushy tall stem plants, I don't know the names but @Sanam
has some, as well as @RussellTheShihTzu
. If you don't want any pest snails then the plants can be a little more expensive, but if you don't mind the whole snail thing you can get an Assassin snail, that actually EATS the other snails
Water quality is the best thing that can prevent any future illness and disease in your betta. So by staying on top of water changes, testing your water with the liquid API test kit, along with Seachem Stability to keep your beneficial bacteria going strong, and Seachem Prime to treat your tap water. Tap water is still the best for your betta since it has electrolytes and minerals that purified and distilled water DO NOT have. They say around here, if everyone in town drinks it, it is alright for your betta. Most betta fish and tanks already have disease, bacteria, etc and by keeping your betta fish healthy and in pristine water it helps him keep his immune system strong and able to keep those diseases dormant.
I like the hydor heaters because they're adjustable. Just make sure to let it run a couple of days before putting it in his new tank. If you're going to also still move everything over to the new tank you might come across some ammonia spikes and nitrite spikes. I would let it run a few days and follow the FISH IN CYCLE. tutorial (linked below) Once everything is cycled and your new gorgeous plants are growing he will absolutely LOVE it!
In my opinion, as far as brands go, I'm only a brand snob
regarding Seachem Prime for water conditioner. Sadly some other brands claim to conditioner the water and neutralize ammonia, nitrites, etc, but only very few brands actually do everything they claim. Other than that, I go for what's most affordable. Getting the most for your money would be the API liquid test kit. You get hundreds of tests compared to 50 strips that aren't always as accurate.
Change half the water when either ammonia or nitrite approach 0.50ppm, or weekly, whichever comes first. Add Prime at 2-drops per gallon of tank size every day until cycled. That’s all you have to do. You can stop reading now. But there’s a lot of information packed into those...