I recently installed a new tank (14gal) for my wonderful pet betta... and its only been a week of cycling. I am going the with-fish-cycling routine, and I read in the aquariumfishforum that if going this route, we should change its water at least 20% everyday... now... I just called earlier today about algae problem... it hasn't occured yet, but I'm learning of what to do... and he told me that I should add a otto or pleco (sorry, this conversation was overphone so I don't know spelling) catfishes... either or to help w/ the algae... now.... here are three things I'm curious about
1.) are otto/ pleco catfishes compatiable w/ a betta (AND) are they hardy? The petco guy says that they are... but I'm a lil skeptical as they dunno what they're talking half the time.
2.) He said that I'm changing his water too much and that i should cycle it (WITHOUT WATER CHANGES) for the next 2 weeks...
3.) He also said that I CAN add an otto or pleco catfish WHILE CYCLING b/c he will contribute to the ammonia level/ cycling of the water. Is this right?
What should I do? From my research in the fish forum... I SHOULD be changing his water for the next couple of weeks everyday in order to keep the ammonia down (or something along that line), and that I CAN'T introduce a new fish until the water is fully cycled.
I haven't checked the water parameters yet b/c I haven't gotten that in yet, and I am waiting for it. My betta is EXTEMELY happy ( i think ) and he likes to explore is tank up and down, side-to-side, front to back even through the filter area throughout the day, and likes to rest in the area where it is his "hiding" place where I added a lil cave and plants so that he can be away from the filtered water ( hang-on-back Aqueon 10 Filter). He loves to eat betta pellets, flakes, and peas... not much of a bloodworm fan though.
So what should I do?