So I have decided to upgrade my betta to a ten gallon and I want to properly cycle the tank.
-At least 30% of the water in the ten gallon is from water changes on my three gallon.
-The ten gallon is also heavily planted (with some of the plants from my three) in a gravel substrate that is from my old tank. (The gravel is about a half inch and under it is another half inch of clean sand)
-I used correct pH and Ammonia-safe treatments tabs in the ten gallon water at the start. I have also done a 20% water change and I condition the water with a tetra treatment to make my hard tap water safe and it adds the stress coat formula.
-I run the aqueon filter once a day for about half an hour in the evening and have an air stone running all the time.
I am coming up on my second week with the 10g (having to do a fish in cycle because of a water changing disaster in my three). My pH is a steady 7.0 but I have yet to see in ammonia readings in the tank. Should I continue to do 10%-20% water changes a week or wait until I begin to see the 'ammonia spike' so many cycling guides talk about.
On another note I also have several root tablets in my gravel for my amazon swords and have allowed some brown algae to build on the decor because I figure it is natural to have some in the tank. Should I remove the tablets or algae for the cycling?