I'm trying to cycle a 3.5 gallon with a small power filter. I set the tank up and added the fish on 10-4-12.
My first question is how much water do I change? I tested ammonia today and it looked between 0 and .25. So how do I know how much water to change? I haven't tested the other parameters yet, but again, based on the readings, how do I know how much to change?
I thought that I had extra foam in my 10 gallon tank, but I didn't. :( In my cycled 5 gallon, the filter cartridge is like a bag (whisper 2-10i), but I do have foam stuffed into the intake. I don't suppose that would work though...
I have cycled my 3.5 gallon, and I can pass you some tips. :)
I usually did water changes whenever I felt like it needed one, but remember 2 water changes at least per week. I always did 50% changes and remember not to mess with the gravel that much. IME you should add plants on the 2nd week as the water changes will usually take up the ammonia. But remember, that's suggested from me if you want to add plants. Just try to keep the tank dark, have the filter on high if the is Betta not disturbed, and add any media from cycled tanks to yours. Have any other questions? Oh, and I used a sponge filter for the needed surface area and it cycled in 20 days. I don't know why... But it did. I'm sure I told you that in your other thread..