ok, to make the long story short: I exchanged the 10 gal. tank kit and bought two 2.5 gal. aquarium kits with undergravel filter. Still waiting for the air flow control thing, the heaters and the water test kit to arrive. In the meantime I would like to ask a few more questions about the cycling:
- Why does the size of a tank matters in terms of cycling? I still don't understand that.
- To cycle the tank I put everything in: gravel, plants, hiding places, plugged in heater, thermometer, conditioned water with a temp. of 78, except for the fish, right? Oh, and I need something to produce ammonium. In a small tank like this, would the betta flakes that came with the kit be enough?
- I would like to use the plants and hiding places that I'm using now in the bowls, but I don't want to take it all away from the fish, while cycling. As far as I understood, the decoration also helps putting the ammonium, nitrites etc. to the level where they should be. So I thought, if I tried to cycle the aquarium just with some gravel and one new plant and then put the fish AND the decoration from the bowl in, it could mess the cycle up, is that correct? So, any suggestions, what would be the best thing to do?
- Should I bother at all trying to cycle or should I just put the fish in?
- If the tank is cycled and it took, let's say, 1.5 or 2 weeks, how long would the fish be in this water? Until the numbers are getting bad? Then I would do a ?% water change?
My last questions are not cycling related:
- In case one fish dies from a disease, how would I clean the aquarium properly so a new fish wouldn't get infected right away?
I assume that bacteria or viruses die after being exposed to the air for a while, so I would think, that cleaning the tank, decoration, filter etc. with water and a cloth and then let it sit there for a week or so should do the job?
- Can I use one of those brown/red terra cotta flower pots in the aquarium?
Thanks for your help.