Hi everyone! I'm setting up what will be my first filtered and cycled tank, have started on the fishless cycling method, and will be adding my betta once it's complete. A few questions have popped into my head:
(1) The filter intake has large, open slats that I feel his fins could get caught in and be ripped by. I've read that pantyhose can be put over the intake and I wanted to confirm that nylons are safe to be put into an aquarium? And how should they be attached to the filter intake? (rubber band?) Any other suggestions for covering the intake?
(2) Once I've got the tank cycled a few weeks from now, I'll have reached the manufacturer recommended time to change my filter (Marineland Eclipse 5 corner tank with biowheel and filter). How much disruption in the cycle that I've established can I expect to see by changing the filter? And is there anything I can do to prevent a mini-cycle that the filter change might cause?
(3) Finally, in my reading about cycling tanks, a few articles cautioned against using water conditioners that neutralize ammonia, which Prime does. Can Prime disrupt an established tank's cycle, and should I be using a water conditioner that only treats chlorine and chloramine?
Thanks for taking the time to read this and any input is greatly appreciated!