My betta is about three weeks into her 5 gallon tank and I have yet to see any signs of cycling yet.
Now the filter for the tank is a tetra whisper filter that looks like a cup and uses the the bio bag filter media. It looks like a bag with charcoal in it with a clip on top.
As far as changing the filter bag. When do you normally consider changing it? I know from previous experience with tanks that charcoal needs to be changed about once a month because it eventually stops working.
I don't have any instructions with this thing so I'm unsure of when to change the filter bag. I would imagine that changing it too soon would mess up the tank cycling?
I have a feeling that the cycling is going to take months because she's one little fish and there's never any leftover food. I would have thought by now that I'd at least be starting to see ammonia unless my vacuuming the tank every 5 days or so is holding it back.
*edit* I just found the answer. Once a month for the filter media.