so my betta was living in a vase but I recently purchased him a 2.5 gallon aquarium. Normally when I cleaned the vase every few days, I would just clean the rocks, the vase and change the water (with added aquarium salt and conditioner and of course the temp is at about 80)
but now that i have a tank with a filter, i'm wondering if cycling it is important? on the box and directions of the tank, it said to let the water sit for day or whatever.
normally I just set it up with the conditioner and salt, make sure the temp is right and plop him in, i never really waited or anything (other than getting the water to temperature). the ph and everything is fine, I'm not used to using a filter so i'm not exactly sure if cycling is necessary in a new clean tank. right now, i have a built in filter but i think the current is a little strong so i ordered a sponge filter to use.
I basically just want to know about cycling, how its done, and if it is necessary.