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Old 10-14-2012, 08:20 PM   #2911 
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How should I add new gravel to a tank? I rinsed it in a bucket until it ran clear, and it is currently sitting in the bucket with warm water. Do I soak it in water for a few days?
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Old 10-15-2012, 01:46 AM   #2912 
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No problem, BB. As long as they're kept wet, nitrifying bacteria can actually go several days without any loss in effectiveness. And it takes them weeks, to slow down, months to starve.
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Old 10-15-2012, 01:49 AM   #2913 
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Once the gravel is clean to your satisfaction, just rinse it once in conditioned water and add it to your tank.
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Old 10-15-2012, 12:14 PM   #2914 
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I have a 3.3 gallon tank and have read on the forums that a tank this size cannot establish a healthy n-cycle? If I can't establish a safe cycle how can I ever be able to add a fish to it?
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Old 10-15-2012, 06:11 PM   #2916 
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I'm currently cycling my 3.5 gallon, and I know a few others who have successfully done it. I was advised to still do 2 50% water changes a week by some people, which I don't mind as long as I know the water is safe in between.
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Old 10-15-2012, 06:26 PM   #2917 
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I'm currently cycling my 3.5 gallon, and I know a few others who have successfully done it. I was advised to still do 2 50% water changes a week by some people, which I don't mind as long as I know the water is safe in between.
What method are you using? Pure ammonia? Or? I'm terrified I'm going to mess this up and somehow hurt my boy when I go to add him
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Old 10-15-2012, 06:27 PM   #2918 
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I have a betta in the tank, but the last tank I cycled was a 5 gallon, and I did that with fish food. It was gross, but so far everything worked out, and I have 2 males in it.
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Old 10-15-2012, 07:10 PM   #2919 
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Can anyone help me diagnose my betta?
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Old 10-16-2012, 07:21 AM   #2920 
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A 3.5 g will cycle as readily as a 5g and can be just as stable. Just be sure to have plenty of filter foam (or other media...floss, gravel) in the flow or in the actual filter to contain the bacteria colony.

Read the cycle threads at the top of the Bowls and Habitats section. If you have further questions, please ask them in a new thread. That's the best way to get fast answers.
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