So I have a 5.5 gallon filtered and heated tank.Yesterday I got my first ammonia reading!!!! I immediately did a 50% change along with a vaccum. Dropped down to 0 again. How should I proceed so that my tank goes down the right path of cycling? There is only one male plakat in here.
My other 2 tanks are both 10 gallons. As long as I've had them which is for over 1.5 months I have had no ammonia reading. I still do the weekly 50% change with vaccum. They have filters and heaters. All the same brand etc. The substrate is different. The two 10 gallons have marbles and the 5.5 has gravel. Could that be the problem? Also my plakat in the 5.5 gallon sometimes becomes a spoiled brat and spits out his food. My other two eat everything and anything refusing to let anything go to waste. Could that also be the problem?
Any advice will help.