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thank you !! there's a really reputable pet store in my city that treats their bettas really well so i'm definitely getting one from thereDiscus-Tang said:Number one: Make sure you know how to recognise that your tank is cycled. A cycled tank would generally show 0-0.25 Ammonia, 0-0.25 Nitrite and 10-40 Nitrate.
Number two: Look for a healthy betta. Choose one that has good fins, is relatively active and doesn't have any tumours. Fin rot is so common in new bettas. Don't buy bettas with frayed or black-lined fins.
oo thank u! do you think it would be safe to have the filter uncovered since it's in a grate style?Gala said:Any plants and decor will help, some Indian Almond leaves could help them feel more at home as well. If you get plants I would advise either live or silk, plastic ones can tear up fins. Decor is the same way, make sure it won't tear his fins by using a pantyhose to rub against the object. I made decor for my betta to be on the safe side, used Sculpy polymer clay (I'll post a link at the end). I know people use the floating logs and betta hammocks, so those could be good. Also, make sure the temperature is around 78-82, the filter doesn't need to be too strong either. The intake could rip his fins so you may need to reduce the flow or cover it. Same with the output, make sure it's not too strong.
I think those are about the basics...