Cycling a 2.5 gal - maybe I'm just lucky?
I got my first betta fish in December when I got the aqueon 2.5 gal tank (plus filter and heater) for Christmas. I'm a bio/pre-vet college student and really wanted a pet for my dorm. I know 2.5 gal is kind of small, but it's easy for me to transport between college and home several times a year. ANYWAY after doing a lot of research before actually buying the fish itself I learned that cycling a 2.5 gal is extremely difficult, so I decided just to keep up with the water changes (1 50% and 1 100% a week) and put my betta in an uncycled tank. I constantly checked my ammonia and nitrates. Because it was uncycled I figured my nitrates would always be 0, but then about 2 weeks later I got a nitrate spike and 0 ammonia! Then after that, I always got 0 readings for both (as well as a lovely little bit of algae :/ ) Entire cycle took 2.5 weeks.
Unfortunately my petco betta that I had been fighting to keep alive died after 2 months - water params were all normal. So I got another betta from a GREAT lfs and again my tank cycled in 2.5 weeks with me doing nothing! This betta has been alive for 4 months and is going strong with not a single health problem!
Has anyone else had "accidental" cyclings? I mean, of course I'm thrilled my tank cycled, but I guess I thought it was "near impossible" to cycle such a small tank? Am I just incredibly lucky?