So I for some reason decided to go crazy with plants -_- I have 3 female bettas and I wanted to make sure that I had enough hiding spaces and everything so that they could live peacefully.
ALSO My 10 gallon tank top has only one light bulb working. I just started using it to make sure that the plants would grow. I have no idea what watt it is but if anything I think I need another top for this.
I thought I had heard that plants are good for cycling a tank. Then after reading more and having all the plants I heard that it isn't good for some plants to be in a cycling tank.
So any advice? I've always gotten betta bulbs and just grew them and haven't added or changed anything to the water and now of course I have a wide range of plants and i'm not sure if I should be fertilizing the water or if I'm ok to just let everything be.
It has been about a week to a week and a half and I've been adding only pure ammonia. I added some yesterday and I just tested the water. Here are my readings
Ammonia: around 4.0 ppm
Nitrite: between 0.25-.50 ppm
I won't add any more ammonia for now. I just cannot remember how long it takes to get the nitrite up to the right level and when the Nitrate will take effect (so any advice would be awesome!)
What I have:
I have 2 cilihid caves (spelling)
One piece of driftwood
Another smaller piece of drift wood
Betta bulb plants I grew in my cycled 5 gallon
3 plants from petco
And a few others I'm not exactly sure of the names at the moment
Here are some pictures of the tank (not very good sorry! The 10 is behind my 5 and 2 2.5 gallon tanks):
Here you can see my drift wood and two big caves
I need some advice on what to do with these plants AND again on how to cycle :/ I forgot how the levels are suppose to go!