Originally Posted by Glassfish
Yeah, I'm going with a betta. Anything special for them I will need to buy? What should I look for in a test kit? I'm going to cycle my tank with raw shrimp. Any past experience with this style of cycling? Should I add my live plants before or after cycling?
Thank again, you have been a great help.
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Dont forget to get a water conditioner, Prime is highly recommended.
Some bettas are picky and will either prefer the pellet food or the flakes...all but one of the bettas I ever owned preferred the flakes.
Freeze-dried Bloodworms are a fave treat for bettas.
It's about $30, but the API Freshwater Master Test Kit is the top recommended kit (it will last you a long time). You want to be able to check your pH (can have pet store do it, as it doesnt often change much), ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate are top things to check. Liquid tests are better than strips (unless in a financial strain, strips are better than nothing!
Using the shrimp method, either use a biobag or a cut off nylon/stocking/panty hose, so as it breaks down it doesnt make a mess in your tank.
Live plants are fine in before the cycle, and should help the cycle be less dramatic, and usually can allow you to get your fish faster, at least that is with my experiance on smaller tanks.
You are more than welcome, glad I could be of assistance!!!