I have started a fish in cycle with a male betta in a 3 gallon tank.
He has a heater, a sponge filter an anubias plant with 4 flower heads on it & a couple of semi-precious gem stone slices, all soft edges, nothing sharp for his delicate fins.
I'm not sure if he's fully grown as his body, not including fins, looks to be about 3-4cm long.
As i said, I have started a fish in cycle & am doing tests every day via the API master kit.
I have read many many different opinions on fish in cycle... so I'm here to get the best advise for what I've chosen to do.
I'm doing 25% water changes daily due to ammonia reading .25 ... my tap water also reads this for ammonia. I'm in Sydney, Australia. I'm treating the tap water with API betta water conditioner, stress coat & stress zyme.
He won't eat the pallets that I initially got for him but loves the nutrafin max flakes. Also a little freeze dried bloodworm once a week.
He has no physical signs of stress or deterioration & is happy cruising around his tank. He eats what I give him, there's not much uneaten food going to the substrate as he's pretty quick to get each little bit.
He does have this habit of eating the middle of the anubias flower, spitting it out then chasing the bits, eating them, spitting them out... I feed him twice a day but for a bit less than a minute as I'm cautious of overfeeding while doing the fish in cycle. I try to make sure he eats each bit before I give him more as I hear flake food can be a bit harder to remove.
I have 4 small live plants arriving this week, all researched for the betta & where I have the tank situated... On the kitchen island/bench. It's the hub of our apartment & he gets lots of attention, which he adores... I never knew bettas were such show ponies!!
The anubias looks healthy, is attached to driftwood & came from a clean established tank at one of the pet stores in my area. They deal mainly in fish so I'm happy that it came from there. It has since today started to get this white fuzz, almost like a cocoon on some parts. It is not affecting the betta as far as I can see & he's still happy cruising in & out of it.
Some say it's algae, some say it can't be algae as algae isn't white(?), others say it's a natural part of the cycle & bacterial bloom & it will go away on it's own...
I'm quite confused with some of the conflicting information so if anyone else has had an anubias with a similar thing going on or if you have done a fish in cycle in a 3 gallon tank with a sponge filter & have any advice I would appreciate it.
I know that the fish in cycle technique is not ideal but not impossible & as I've started it & am monitoring daily results...
pH is about 6.4
no nitrites yet
no nitrates yet
With 25% daily water changes so the ammonia doesn't get too high am I on the right track?
Does the ammonia have to go higher quicker to see a nitrite result? Or try to keep it as low as possible without too much drastic change to the little guys environment?