Originally Posted by Lunchbox148
Hello everyone! My mom's betta is in a 1 Gallon MiniBow 1 filtered aquarium... I was always told never to do full water changes period... I want to try to cycle her tank as it is new (and we just bought her betta It's my old tank)
Is it possible to cycle this small tank? I really don't want to stress my mom's fish out netting the poor thing weekly... Thanks much!
I agree, small filtered tank will establish the nitrogen cycle, however, it may not be stable due to limited surface area-with that said, by adding more surface area by using extra foam in the filter, bio-balls and/or live plants...etc...you could maintain a stable cycle.
I recommend twice weekly water change on 1gal filtered tanks-1-50% water only and 1-50% that includes the substrate by vacuum or stir and dip method. IMO-the less times you have to remove the Betta from the tank the better-Less chance for an accident from improper acclimation, being dropped....etc....By adding live plants you can usually safely reduce water changes to 50% weekly, however, it depends on the number, species and growth state of the plants-a few may not help that much or if they are not thriving-the plants could become part of the water quality problem.
IMO/E-filters are optional for this species-especially in the smaller tanks with the Long fin males-Sometimes the water movement can be the cause of tattered fins and stress. Without a filter it would only change one of the twice weekly water changes- unless you had active growing live plants.