Hi guys! My Mom's drama studio has other people working for her, and there was this science class and they had an aquarium that they hadn't used for a while, it was used to hold snails before for an experiment but they took them all out and they hadn't used the aquarium for a while so when I saw it as an opportunity for my Betta Fish to finally spread it's fins, I asked them for it and they let me have it. So I lugged it home and began cleaning it by taking handfuls of the gravel that came in the aquarium (not with my hands, a jar) and I managed to clean some of it. Then I cleaned the tank with a paper towel, there was a lot of dirt (not actual dirt, a few tiny twigs and little pieces of grime or something) so it looked pretty clean to me. Then, I poured all of the gravel back into the aquarium and filled it up with water. Then I noticed there was STILL "dirt" floating around, so I took a cup (that my family never uses) and started to fish out the dirt (no pun intended), for now it looks pretty clean in the aquarium. There are still very few TEENSY pieces of "dirt" floating around, but my Betta is too occupied exploring her new home. After I read a few posts in the Freshwater Aquarium section, I realized that a lot of people recommended boiling lots of stuff. Then I remembered that this whole process took me 3 hours while it could've really taken half an hour, boiling all the gravel. I don't know how to tell if my Betta likes her new home, I've been having second thoughts about keeping her in the aquarium. Should I move her back to her 1 gallon tank? Should I boil everything the next time I clean the aquarium? Please help, I want my Betta to be happy and live a happy life. Below is the picture of the new aquarium and the old one.
(On the right of the new aquarium is my Betta's old one, a 1 gallon.)
It didn't say how many gallons it was on the tank so I used an Allens Apple Juice container, it was 1.2 L, and my brother told me that a gallon is 3.6 L and 1.2 x 3 = 3.6 so I kept on pouring until I reached the amount I wanted which was 4 containers worth. Then I multiplied 7 (the amount of drops of conditioner per gallon) and multiplied it by 4, which got me 28. So I had used 28 drops of conditioner.