I hope I am posting in the right place.
My daughter brought home 2 Betta fish, (I know you all have heard it a thousand times, fish is in little plastic cup, dirty cold water.) Of course the sales person at the store told her it would be fine in a large glass of water...
Okay, so I put each fish in its own 10 gallon tank.
Put in a filtration system (rigged it so the water flow is very gentle)
Set the heaters to 77-78 degrees.
Of course dechlored the water. Bought a 10 gal
garbage pail, dechlored and let the water set for my water changes.
I could only get one bag of gravel, rinsed it throughly.
I feed them 2 little betta pellets twice each day.
I remove about 2 gallons of water every other day, and replace it with water from my pail.
Two weeks later and the poor fish act like I am torturing them, they rub up against the tanks back and forth all day long.
One of them has rubbed his scales off of his chin from rubbing.
I don't know much about keeping fish but if I had to guess it appears as if they are being burned.
I live 70 miles from the nearest pet store so it is important that I do all my "pet shopping" at once.
I want to change the filter but I dont want to lose what ever bacteria may be colonizing so far.
I can't just ignore these little creatures that seem to be in such distress.
Oh, they can not see each other from where they are so the constant glass rubbing is not them flaring at each other.
Thank you for reading my long post.