Boy, I haven't been in this site for about two whole years. But I'm glad to be back! Let's get to talking.
Sunday, 20th of December.
I bought a 5 gallon fish tank and supplies to set up the fish tank.
Currently it is in the middle of cycling. I know I am not nearly finished with the process yet. I bought a test kit for the water parameters, but unfortunately it doesn't have a test for Ammonia. BUT it does have tests for Nitrite and Nitrate. I have a heater, a filter some Fluorite, an amazon sword and some Java moss.
Obviously the water was cloudy from the fluorite when I set it up, but thankfully it has cleared up to near perfection. I thought I had cleaned the fluorite well enough but I was clearly mistaken. It's ok though, it still looks good. I added some ghost shrimp on Tuesday in hopes to help a little with the cycling. They're small, really cheap and I've actually had great success before in keeping them before. So far only one casualty, but the shrimp was already whiteish from inside the bag when I got it. Hope they survive.
I obtained the Java moss on Wednesday from my LFS. They didn't have any for sale, yet the store manager was kind enough to give me some from one of their show tanks. I was speechless. It was such a great gesture from him. I "paid" him nonetheless.
Having said that, I am hoping the Java moss already has some beneficial bacteria on it and will help with the cycling of the tank.
As of now, the Java moss seems to be doing fairly well, but the Amazon sword looks like it's turning transparent-y. I know I put the plants in a little too early in the cycling period but it was an impulse buy... which I know wasn't too smart of me. HOWEVER, I have yet to put fish in the tank. Which I'm happy about. Haha. I started with the cycling by putting some food in it, kicking in the ammonia levels.
Enough of the cycling. Now come the questions.
I want to make this tank a betta
compatible tank. I've been doing some research and would like to ask some questions to keep the betta
as comfortable as it can be.
So here are my questions/ concerns:
-What is the proper pH parameter for a Betta?
-How beneficial are Almond Leaves? (Should I even buy any?)
-I have a small piece of drift wood. I boiled it for about 6 hrs and got the tannins out. Will this piece lower the water's pH? (I do have a pH tester, it's just attached to the rest of the test strips.)
-Along with making this a Betta tank, I want to add some nice plants to it, hence the Amazon Swords, and the Java moss. I'm also going to buy some marsilea minuta in hopes to get a decent carpet. Are there any small lights good enough to satisfy the light needs for these plants? I know they're not high light needing lights, but I still want to get them nice and green.
-I'm also thinking of maybe getting some CO2 up and running in the tank. Something small and DIY.
If this tank is too much for a betta to handle, then I might just make it a shrimp tank of some sort.
Water temperature is currently sitting at a solid 79-81 degrees. It's an automatic heater, "made for bettas" so I can't really change the temperature it's on as it is "always on". It seems to keep a constant temperature though, just as long as the room temp doesn't drop or elevate too much.
So, thoughts? Tips? Concerns?