Originally Posted by Oldfishlady
I am going to assume it has a single Betta...correct.....
Right now I would be making at least 50% weekly with vacuum in all areas that can be reached without moving anything-this is the water change you need to make for the life of the system to maintain water quality.
Then a 50% water only based on test results of ammonia, nitrite 0.25ppm or greater.
If you don't have a test kit-make that second 50% weekly water only as the safety net for the next 4 weeks.
Filter media-needs a swish/rinse in the bucket of old tank water a couple of times a month.
Remember-some additives can cause skewed or false test results.
Its a good idea to have base lines on-source water with and without additives you normally use.
When you have a lot of active growing stem and/or floating plants that are also big eaters- You may not see the nitrate reading we look for that tells us cycling stages/completeness-since these type of plants can use ammonia before conversion, however, the nitrogen cycle is still happening-its silent-plus our hobby grade testing product only test at a ppm level so you will always have some level of ammonia and nitrate.
Since the plants you list are generally slow growing and not big eaters-you should see nitrate in about 4-6 weeks more or less.
I would test your water daily while cycling-once you have nitrate of at least 5ppm without any ammonia, nitrite spikes for several days-you are most likely cycled and you can decrease testing to about 1-2 times a week-before and 24h after a water change and as needed based on fish behavior.
yes a single betta and thanks I have been using an API test and have gotten my baseline which is all 0's 7.6 Ph
I tested my tank today(after a 25% water change) it is ammonia .5ppm nitrite 0ppm nitrate 5ppm ph 7.6
so basically i should do 2 50% water changes a week until my ammonia etc steady out to 0?