So, this weekend I'm going to my aunt's house to set up her tank. My dad has already cleaned it, rinsed the gravel, and put water into it, and started the filter. I think its either a 26 gallon or 33 gallon flatback hex, probably SeaClear. Unfortunately no dechlorinator yet, I'm going to PetSmart with him when I get there to buy a bucket, siphon, the water treatment, live plants, decor, and probably fish.
Here's my problem. The tank isn't cycled. And in order to cycle it fishless I'd have to rely on my aunt to cater to the tank. So, I was thinking about just adding 6 zebra danios to the tank and teaching my aunt how to do the water changes every couple days, and tell her to take water samples to PetSmart to have it tested once a week. I don't like fish-in cycling without seeding, its dangerous for the fish. :/
Well, I would have had to deal with it. I began researching zebra danios. They lay eggs and then they hatch and you got tons of babies. No good. I can't have fish breeding, my aunt would go insane. So, I was thinking mollies. Livebearers, evne worst. Platys? Ugh! The same! So I was thinking only betta females. That would be one farking huge sorority. My heart swells at the idea.
But the tank isn't cycled. Bettas don't do well in uncycled tanks. >< Do they? Could they handle a cycle if partial water changes are carried out every other day whilst cycling? I'm at a loss as to what to do. I was thinking about taking my bottle of Dr. Tim's and adding it to her tank along with betta females, reducing the fear of deadly ammonia and nitrites, or even adding colonize. I have no filter media that could go in her tank it seed it. I'm at a loss as to what to do.
Any suggestions anyone? Ways to keep fish from not breeding? Cycling fish-in with betta females?
Edit: Here is the tank.