Originally Posted by ratty_ratkins
well, i dont know about cycleing really.
what size tank do you think i should get. i want something nice that i can put a few plants in and have a happy swimming around pretty fishey!
i might end up with a 2 gallon...
i'll just have to see!
well if i do get a small one that is too small to cycle.. how do i get my betta in there without him getting sick, etc.
sorry, i really know nothing. i think i am making this harder than it is. help please!!!
2 gallons is fine
. Just don't go any smaller then that. I like the 2.5 and 3 gallon tanks best. Not too small, not too big
Keep in mind that you can't cycle tanks less then five gallons. Even a five-gallon will be tricky. Personally, I wouldn't bother cycling a small tank if it only has a betta. Just be sure to do water changes and if possible test the water for high levels of ammonia, etc.
General rule of thumb for water changes in small tanks (like 3 gallons and less) is doing a water change every week for a 1 gallon, every other week for a 2 gallon, every three weeks for a 3 gallon, etc. Of course, you need to test water to make sure ammonia levels don't get too high.
If you still want to cycle I'd do a search on Google for 'fishless cycling'. In other words, cycling without using fish as sacrifices.
But like I said, I wouldn't cycle as long as you can do water changes.
By the way, a filter serves no real purpose in an un-cycled tank less then five gallons. And since it creates a current it might stress out your betta because they like still water. It also prevents them from building bubblenests which frusterates them, hehe. Whisper Filters are especially bad since they can rip apart a betta's long fins.
Here's a list of what I'd get:
+Aquarium holding between 2 and 5 gallons of water
+Aquarium hood with lighting (if you want live plants)
+2-5 live or fake plants, depending on size of tank (no plastic plants)
+Place to hide, such as a rock with holes in it
+Gravel or stones to line the bottom (you don't need this but you will if you want plants)
+High-quality betta food such as Hikari or HBH Betta Bites
+Frozen bloodworms or brine shrimp (not nessasary, but a good supplement)
+Water decholrinator such as Betta Safe
+Water Testing Kit
I think that's everything
. If you want live plants a good, hardy, betta-safe plant is Java Fern. If you decide to use fake plants, get the silk kind---not plastic. Also, I recommend using stones instead of gravel to line the bottom of the tank. A bit more expensive, but sooo much easier to clean
Sorry for any spelling errors, I'm really tired