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Old 12-05-2012, 03:40 PM   #1 
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Question Cycling Tank With Betta?

Okay so i've been basically cycling my 21 gallon with my betta and i'm a bit confused. I have to do water changes weekly but ammonia level hasn't started to raise yet but if i do water changes wouldn't that prevent ammonia to raise and start the cycle?
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Old 12-05-2012, 05:10 PM   #2 
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Are you testing the water with strips or a liquid test kit? 21g is pretty big for just 1 Betta, is there anything else in there? Weekly water changes are not going to hurt the cycle. I would've been happy to only have to do weekly water changes with my fish IN cycles, I was doing them about every 3 days. If you are showing any levels of ammonia or nitrites a water change is needed. If the nitrates go above 40 a water change is needed.
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Old 12-05-2012, 05:15 PM   #3 
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If you only have one Betta in that large a tank then it will be a while before ammonia levels get up. I would suggest adding a few more (compatible) fish to increase the ammonia load and help the tank cycle quicker. As long as you stay diligent with water changes then no harm can be done.
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Old 12-05-2012, 05:41 PM   #4 
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Yes, I only have one betta in there. And do you guys have any idea which kind of fish i can add to the aquarium to cycle it that will not fight the betta?

Thank you Shellieca for the water change info :)
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Old 12-05-2012, 05:42 PM   #5 
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And im testing with a liquid test kit
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What was your end plan for the tank? We're you just going to have the Betta or had you planned on adding other fish? I personally have my males sharing their 10g tanks with 1 mystery snail each, my large tank is a sorority of 10 with a snail & 2 CAE's. I know that you don't want anything similar to the Betta, no long flowing fins or bright colors because there's usually issues.
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Old 12-05-2012, 06:34 PM   #7 
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I was planning to add other fishes with my betta. I love bettas but I don't like caring for just one fish that's why i bought something bigger than a 5 or 10 gallon!
and okay i think i might go to the petshop tomorrow or friday. Do you think black neon tetra could work?
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I think like anything with a Betta its possible but there could be problems. Is your tank planted well with hiding spots? Is your Betta mild mannered? You'll just have to keep on everyone & have a back up plan in case it doesn't work. Make sure you get the right number & gender mix of tetras.
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Old 12-05-2012, 07:26 PM   #9 
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I think if you click on aquariums near my picture you'll see a picture of it but i basically have 2 live plants, 2 fake plants, 2 small caves in which the betta never goes and a bigger ornament that looks like a log. My betta chills in the log and on the fake plant most of the time. If he is mild mannered? I don't know but he flares a lot.
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Old 12-07-2012, 02:01 PM   #10 
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Bettas get along well with a lot of tropical schooling fish like tetras, danios, rasboras, cherry barbs, Julii Cories, Otocinclus catfish...
Just nothing with colorful, flowy fins; or anything else territorial like angelfish or rainbow sharks.
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