So I have moved dorm rooms and will be in my summer housing for about 2.5-3 months. I had been cycling a 10 and a 5 gallon tank in the hopes that I could transfer the cycle to my 20 long tank. Unfortunately I messed that one up and now have my 10 girls in a 10 gallon uncycled tank...
I thought this would be ok because I figured I'd cycle the twenty and hopefully it wouldn't take 4 weeks since I had two established filters...well I've been adding in ammonia for the past two days like its an uncycled tank and the ammonia reads are getting up there but then I tested my 10 gallon to see how the ammonia levels in that were going...they were at .25 and that was only from 24 hours of being in the 10 gallon...
So my question is,
1.) Should I stop trying to cycle my 20 long since I'll be moving AGAIN in 2.5-3 months and just put the girls in there and make sure to do large water changes to keep the ammonia levels down?
2.) Should I leave the girls in there and give my 20 long a week or so before I call it quits?
P.S. I will be leaving for a wedding from May 24-28. My roommate should be able to feed them (if not they should be fine) but NO ONE WILL BE HERE TO DO REGULAR WATER CHANGES! Meaning, if the ammonia goes from 0 to .25 ppm in 24 hours...I hate to think what would happen after 4-5 days! I of course don't know if maybe the water all my girls were in (5 had cups with cycled water and 5 had uncycled water).
MY PERSONAL FEELINGS: Being that I now am sharing a dorm room (and have a boy who was suppose to be a girl meaning I have one extra 2.5 tank that I didn't plan for!) I have limited space...my 20 long is obviously taking up most of it, which I don't mind, but really I've noticed that the girls are nippy even with all my cover (I know that happens when you first introduce them but I like the idea of them having all the space they need) and I want them to have more space to move around (or get away).
So all in all, is it a good idea to have them in a 20 long that isn't cycled and me doing regular testings to make sure the ammonia isn't too high? I feel horrible not having a cycled tank for them BUT I will have my two sponge filters in there for oxygen and they'll have SO much room to move around it!
I'll post pictures of it all soon!