03-24-2008, 11:34 PM
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Okay guys, I'm back.
I bought everything. I was very pleased to see that the things I picked out were the same or very similar to what Jeaninel posted.
I just finished washing the gravel. Pouring in the water. Setting up the thermometer and heater, and installing the filter, and adding all the silk plants and hiding spots.
One thing I was curious about was Incandescent lightbulbs. It came with two of them. Incandescent bulbs won't heat up the tank like other bulbs, right?
Also, the Betta is still in bad shape sitting in his 1/2 gallon tank. Since I just finished setting it up, how long should I wait to put him in? I really don't want to wait a few days as I fear he will die in that time.
Also, about testing the water. I bought an expensive $45 liquid test kit. It has everything I need, and then some. I just tested the pH of my tap water (out of the faucet, not the tank) and it said that the pH was 7.8. Is this good, or bad? I need to know proper ammonia, nitrate and nitrite levels too, for a single betta, that way I can test the tank's water and watch it more fully.
Thanks for your continued help guys.