hi. I have 5 gal hawkeye hex. planted (anubias, ludwigia broad, wisteria I believe and 2 marimos, I also have some frogbit and a crypt in QT and will be adding in 2 weeks. im using eco complete sub and a 50/50 daylight bulb. my filter is a mingon 60 rated for up to 3.5 gals. i am using a sponge in the filter and this in the filter
50w adj heater 78 deg. today is the first day it is up an running. The betta is in it and is doing alright hes spunky. he is a Walmart rescue, faded with stress stripes but slowly coming around. im attempting a fish in cycle and just want to ensure i do this well for his sake...
i have .25 ammonia in my well water, so i am a bit confused.
i am using prime.
From my limited understanding ...
50% water change on day 3
50% water change day with vaccum day 6
continue this til cycled
add prime every day or every other day until cycle is complete?
how many drops? (5g)
should i be checking my readings daily with the api test kit or just every few days, or on water change days?
what should my readings say?
or perhaps im not supposed to follow the 50% change schedule and i should be doing changes based on tests?
i know this sticky is awesomely simplified but im really no joke dumb about this stuff and need it even more simplifies lol!