ok so i went to petsmart to buy the aquarium and stuff so i could cycle, but them once i got there i completely forgot about that and bought everything, now its the second day, of it running, the water is fairly cloudy, and the ammonia level is at about 0.25 - 0.50 in that range it was closer to 0.25 last i checked but idk im kinda having a breakdown of guilt and sadness. So my worries are that now i hav to cycle fish in, (my tank is 3.5gal will it even cycle?) my betta is still swimming around happy but im really worried that it might spike overnight and it might die while im sleeping! also would tetra safestart help? i only have an ammonia test kit right now, but i will get one for nitrite and nitrate soon, how often and how big water changes should i do to ensure that she stays alive? im really worried and now i feel bad because i could kill my fish, im really bent out of shape about this, i checked the ammonia levels 3 times in the coarse of 3 hours because i was so affrain, pleas help!
i bought "TopFin Betta Water Conditioner" it takes out chlorine, and it says it works to neutralize ammonia, does it? and im going to do daily water changes of about 25-30%, and test daily for the first week or so, if it gets to 0.50 or over a 50% maybe? sound good?, oh and the last time i did was this morning (or i guess yesterday morning now that its 12:30) and I set it up monday morning, let it run and then put the fish in at night, now is the cloudyness a bacteria bloom? or could it be from my white gravel, i cleaned it really well so it probably isnt, any ideas on how to get rid of it?
Probably a bacterial bloom. I can't see why you would have so much ammonia if you do a water change every day. When I set up my Biorb tank, I got the bacterial bloom within the first few days, but I just kept up the partial water changes and eventually the filter established itself. It didn't take that long, for it to be completely gone.
What is your ammonia out of the tap? Also, a good conditioner is Prime. Also, API makes a good water conditioner.