Right now my Bettas are in kritter keepers (2.5 gal and 1.5 gal) I stumbled across a 5 gallon hex hawkeye tank online today! Link: http://www.walmart.com/ip/Hawkeye-5-...arium/14660258
Can I cycle this and split it between my two Bettas? My cycling method will be to:
1. Place raw shrimp in a mesh bag thing I have and put it in the tank
2. test ammonia until it reaches around 8 PPM
3. Remove shrimp.
4. when the nitrates reach 10-20 and ammonia and nitrites are 0 I'll do a 50% water change
can I use the filter it comes with and an undergravel filter and is there any undergravel filters built for this tank? Or can I use the current filter (problems might occur because it'll be divided)?
Also, any advice as to how exactly to divide the tank? I'll be making the dividers high so that no Bettas can jump them. One last question. If I cycle the tank and put in the filter, substrate, Live plants, divider, 2 Bettas, etc. I don't have to do 100%water changes, right? I have a fear of dropping fish with the net since I've done it before. If I did a 100% water change wouldn't it kind of ruin the cycle? What percentage should I change and how often?