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Old 02-10-2013, 09:28 PM   #1 
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Question What should I know about cycling??

Hey, I'm new to raising bettas and I feel like I don't know enough. For one, I've heard a lot about cycling to keep nitrate levels down which makes sense. (Yay for being a bio major, although I don't think it's that helpful or useful/applicable at the moment.) Anyways, how do I set up this cycle?
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Old 02-10-2013, 09:36 PM   #2 
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Hey, I'm new to raising bettas and I feel like I don't know enough. For one, I've heard a lot about cycling to keep nitrate levels down which makes sense. (Yay for being a bio major, although I don't think it's that helpful or useful/applicable at the moment.) Anyways, how do I set up this cycle?
Hello and welcome to the community!

If you're looking for help and information about cycling a tank, reading the stickies in the Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories by OFL, Veganchick and Kim will give you a great head start and step-by-step.

Good luck and welcome!
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Cool, thanks!! :)

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If you're looking for help and information about cycling a tank, reading the stickies in the Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories by OFL, Veganchick and Kim will give you a great head start and step-by-step.

Good luck and welcome!
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Old 02-10-2013, 10:20 PM   #5 
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First, it is difficult to maintain a full biofilter in anything less than 5g. If it's less than 5g you have to monitor it forever more carefully and always do twice weekly changes of 50% with siphon.

For all cycles..

You should own a good drops kit for ammonia nitrite or nitrate.

You should test daily and do an additional 50% change any time you see traces of ammonia or nitrite.

In addition to this a weekly change of 50% with siphon is needed.

You will see ammonia spike first, followed by nitrite. At some point, ammonia should stick at 0, followed by nitrite, leaving only nitrates.

The nitrates should be kept <20ppm by your weekly change with siphon (or twice weekly if it's under 5g).

Using Prime as your conditioner will help.
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