Betta Fish Care  
Go Back   Betta Fish and Betta Fish Care > Betta Fish Care
Check out the eBook Betta Fish Care Made Easy
betta fish
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 03-15-2012, 06:30 PM   #11 
ZergyMonster
Member
 
ZergyMonster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Urbandale, IA
You need to make sure that you have a constant stream of ammonia so that the bacteria that feeds off ammonia can still thrive to make the nitrite. I believe that someone said that it is recommended to have 5 ppm of ammonia for the majority of the cycling process. Once you start getting nitrate readings you can start letting off on the ammonia so that the water becomes stable.
ZergyMonster is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-15-2012, 06:36 PM   #12 
LionCalie
Member
 
LionCalie's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2011
Location: California, USA
Quote:
Originally Posted by MadameDesu View Post
Even if I can't establish a cycle, I'll keep the filter in, since it at least keeps my water clear.
I'll remember all this when I upgrade to a 5 gallon.

So, you just de-chlorinate the water, add ammonia, turn on the filter and wait until your water chemistry is A-ok?
Are you going to cycle the tank? Obviously you do not want to add ammonia to the tank if you are keeping your Betta in it.
LionCalie is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-15-2012, 06:40 PM   #13 
MadameDesu
Member
 
MadameDesu's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Quote:
Originally Posted by LionCalie View Post
Are you going to cycle the tank? Obviously you do not want to add ammonia to the tank if you are keeping your Betta in it.
Certainly not! That would be disastrous, lol. I was asking about what to do for a 5gal tank.
Side-question: would a Whisper 3i be able to handle the water of a 5gal?
MadameDesu is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-15-2012, 06:45 PM   #14 
Olympia
TFK Moderator
 
Olympia's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Kingston, Ontario
Quote:
Originally Posted by ZergyMonster View Post
You need to make sure that you have a constant stream of ammonia so that the bacteria that feeds off ammonia can still thrive to make the nitrite. I believe that someone said that it is recommended to have 5 ppm of ammonia for the majority of the cycling process. Once you start getting nitrate readings you can start letting off on the ammonia so that the water becomes stable.
I thought it was 4ppm ammonia. I'd double check this though, as too much ammonia can ruin your whole cycle.
Olympia is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-15-2012, 06:54 PM   #15 
MadameDesu
Member
 
MadameDesu's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Oh, one more question! Does anyone think I could benefit from having a moss ball in my tank?
MadameDesu is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-15-2012, 06:58 PM   #16 
ZergyMonster
Member
 
ZergyMonster's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Urbandale, IA
I just read that is should be from 4-5 ppm, so I guess to be on the safe side you should probably stay around 4 but you can get up to 5.
ZergyMonster is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
a few (semi urgent) newbie questions hmckin20 Betta Fish Care 1 08-12-2011 08:12 PM


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:52 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.