I'm a newbie so any help is appreciated ! I got a STEAL of a deal at PetSmart - a 16G bowed front aquarium kit worth $120 for $30. So, my delta Emerald is having the time of his life with all this space to himself right now while he's the fish-in-cycle. He's a happy boy - I just set it up and put him in yesterday and he's already made a bubble nest last night.
Can someone please walk me thru how to do a fish-in-cycle ? Right now the only live plants I have are one anubias, a water sprite, and 2 cabomba plants.
The filter is going, I had to baffle the intake because it was a bit too strong for him and sucked him to a plant yesterday (hence the white stuff on the intake pipe). Seems good now.
On a 16G how do I cycle the tank ? Should I do 50% changes once a week? Or do you just let it run for a few weeks and test the water to see if it is cycled ?
Here's a pic of my boy and his bubblenest.