Originally Posted by fishyinpa
Oh hmm...good idea....do i need ammonia to do it or can i do it some other way. I read bout using fish flakes? I did get a jar of that in the package deal i got with the 5.5 tank but obviously not gonna use it lol. If not,thas okay Ill do it the ammonia way lol. So what you are telling me is,that I cycle the filter and then stick it back in his tank,and then his tank will be cycled? Is that right lol. Or i pour the cycle water in his? Eh so confused. Sorry. Heh. Also what other food can i give Fishy? Like other than betta bits....some kinda worms i think? I read they like a variety,so just wondering what i can try. Can i get another brand of betta bites or is that just the same thing lol. ummm...Well im going to petsmart to look for a gravel vac and silk plants for Mr Fishy,yay! :)
If you cycle the 2.5 you only need to move the filter over when it is done. The "benificial bacteria" that colonize in a tank mostly grow on surfaces like the filter and gravel, not in the water column. The amount of bacteria that will grow in the filter should be enough to support one betta, just be careful to keep everything wet during the move. You can use fish food, I just like ammonia better because it takes less time because you don't have to wait for the ammonia to build up.
As for food, a good betta pellet or flake should be his staple diet. You can then supplement with frozen or freeze-dried (I like frozen better because it is more nutritious and you don't have to soak them) bloodworms, brine shrimp, and daphnia.
Hope that helps.