Thank you for the link, it's good to know what bleach I can use. I'd also heard vinegar can be good, because if something doesn't get rinsed correctly it is less harmful potentially than the bleach. Also, I would probably transfer the ornaments from the old tank to the new tank while they are wet so it would help set the cycle off, since my fish isn't sick and they don't need to be disinfected currently. Thank you for the advice!
I know I can't cycle in a small tank, which is why I was thinking of a 5 gallon. I currently do 100% every 3 days in my 1.5 gallon, but at school I'm not sure I'll be able to do the whole process that regularly. And since I'll have to have him on a higher shelf, doing a 2 or 3 gallon is going to be difficult, because I would do 100% water changes but that would be heavier and more difficult to lift and maneuver. If I had a 5 gallon, after the tank is cycled I could start doing 25% water changes or 50% water changes along with siphoning, and live plants will help. Though I still haven't made up my mind on size because I haven't seen the dorm I'll have this year.
And btw talking about convenience , when you do full water changes you will need to take out the tank. When you do cycle you will need to still do weekly water changes, siphon the gravel. swish/rinse filter (very important to do it) ,monitor water parameters. I think it such a headache. And if you in school and if you need to leave home you can't live cycled tank without monitoring. So i think you really better to do what you already doing.
Also no 25% water changes for small tank not enough you need to do weekly 50% with vacuuming and filer media cleaning.
And i am going to pm you a link.
Hey i am going to give you the link as i promised but i will have to pm you the link because somehow it not letting me to post it in the visitor messages.
As for the tank water changes. I personally do not recommend to cycle small tanks, i think the cycle in small tanks very easy to crashed and harm the betta. I just prefer to do full water changes. And i also do not like to change anything. If you betta doing well i would not do any change in his care. But its me , i just like to do full water changes.
I think I'll buy them from a petsmart where they have the plants outside of the water. I would be interested in your link though! The only problem with a three gallon is that I might have to have him on a higher desk shelf in my dorm, and it'll be really difficult to take the tank on and off of that shelf. Won't the plants help the cycle? I thought you just needed to do 25% water changes once a week on a 5 gallon. Hmm...
one advice get him 3 gall . It easier to take care of and you don't have to cycle it. He already used to the water changes that you doing and you can continue to do the same, just may be about every 6 days for the 3 gall. tank.
And when you buy live plants make sure you don't buy them from the tank where they have fish. Sometimes live plants can carry ich , not sure what else...But when you get live plants put the in the water without water conditioner for 2 wks for quarantining. I have very good link how to disinfect live plants , let me know if you want to see that link, unless you trust the store you buying the plants from:)
Sorry I never replied! My fish is doing really well, so I haven't been on the forum much. I've been using the same water conditioner since I got this fish, and he seems to be doing well with it. He's in a 1.5 gallon tank, and I do 100% water changes every 3 to 4 days. I'm planning on getting him either a 3 or a 5 gallon tank (depends on what fits in my dorm room), and some live plants.
Hey how is your betta doing?
I also have a question about water conditioner. I saw that you using BttaSafe API? Is that water conditioner good to use by itself or you need to add something else? Are you using that water conditioner for long time?
My first betta probably got sick around the third day I had him? I'm watching this one carefully but he still seems happy and active. The first one would never ever try to eat, whereas this one is very picky, but will eat what he likes.
I hope you not going to have any problem with him. I am kind of confused with water conditioners. I just post my thread about water conditioners. I just never had any problem with my water. How long you had first one before he got all those symptoms? And just be alert if he will stop acting like he is now (active, happy, swimming around, want to eat) then something is wrong. So hopefully everything is fine and first fish just was sick. It just i read that some people have ammonia in the top water . And i am not sure if every water conditioner removing it. I just made a thread about it. I also ask about the water conditioner that you using, so if you wait i will give you answer. Or you can check my thread. Also if you can do those weekly changes that i recommended and many other people will recommend to do the same. Make sure you acclimate him Good luck :)