Hey guys. I just recently found out about this website.
Let me get to my problem though...
I recently bought a new Betta fish. I have little experience in owning my own fish. Back when I was a child, my parents had fish, but I had little to do with maintaining the tank. So I was mostly left in the dark concerning proper care.
Two days ago, I bought this little tank which I regret horribly.
It's a Marina Betta Kit. As you probably know, it's a 1/2 Gallon piece of crap... Being an idiot, I bought it AND the betta without giving it much thought. I really regret this now. I fear that the betta doesn't have long to survive.
After reading about this whole "cycle" thing, which is very confusing (hint hint)
About bettas needing at least 78 degrees of water temperature (I had NO idea :( ...)
And about changing the water (25%-50% depending on the tank size) every week... But the list goes on.
I feel like I just gave him his death sentence the day I bought him. Pets have died before, but it was never my fault (a dog, a cat, a guinea pig), since I went into this so stupidly and impulsively, thinking that this little tank from hell would be fitting for him, I feel like he's already dead...
So I ask, please help me out. I need to know what I need to go out and buy Monday morning from a petstore to save this little guy's life, and hopefully have more beautiful fish in the future. I list with brand names would be amazing.
Any links to helpful beginner's guides would be great. Preferably a step by step guide of some sort.
Thank you. Please forgive me for being so stupid and ignorant about fish life. I feel horrible.