Hello everyone, I signed up today because I am considering getting some fish! I had two betta fish in the past but I am sad to admit that I didn't know too much about them, and they weren't kept in the biggest tank.. nothing too small but defiantly could have been bigger, and warmer!
I am currently looking at a 30 gallon tank for sale on craigs list right up the road from me, im hoping for an email back as it was listed a month ago but there are others around here, just a bit further away.
and i'd also like to get a 5 gal or so tank for a betta.
I am nervous about the cycling in the beginning, i dont want to add the fish too soon, and i dont want to add too many at one time, or too fast.
also, when adding a betta fish to its new tank, if it comes in the plastic containers, how do you acclimate it to your water? I saw pictures of the bags people just put them in the tank, but what about the containers?
when cleaning a tank (the partial cleaning) how do you get rid of a certain percent of the water, and how do you add the water back in? do you just pour new water into the tank? and also what about in between cleanings I plan on getting bottom feeders a few months after i get the tank set up and fish in there, but before (and after) i get them, is there an easy way to keep the bottom clean.
I know tanks need cleaned and i know there are people who do it often and people who do it every once in awhile. I am hoping to get my tank to where i dont need to be cleaning it every week, i think thats what im afraid of when getting into fish. I dont want to be cleaning their tanks every week, or even every other week really... id like to get it to the point where i can let it go for a little while and it will still be clean. any suggestions on how i can make that happen?
id appreciate any advice too since i am such a noob its always great to have advice!