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Old 06-26-2013, 06:02 PM   #1 
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Cycled tank: now without fish

I have a cycled 5 gallon that held one male betta. The betta passed away today, from unknown reasons. If I plan to get another betta for the tank, how long can the cycle last until I get another one?
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just keep feeding the bacteria. drop in some fish food and let it decay to provide the ammonia. bacteria gets fed, cycle continues. the tank is still full of water and everything right?
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Old 06-26-2013, 06:16 PM   #3 
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Yep, nothing has changed. It was due for a water change today, but can I leave it alone until the day I get a new fish as long as I keep feeding like there was a fish in it?
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don't feed it like there is a fish in it. what I did for an initial cycle was I put a piece of shrimp in a stocking so I could remove the source of the decay easier. keep up with the changes, maybe give the gravel a good vacuum, the heavy duty maintenance stuff. just don't over do the feeding thing.
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Old 06-26-2013, 06:30 PM   #5 
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If your betta passed away for unknown reasons don't put another betta in the tank. Tear it down, clean it, and then worry about cycling/getting another fish. You don't want to get another fish and expose it to something that could kill it.
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should have mentioned that lol my bad. it's midnight here
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Old 06-26-2013, 06:37 PM   #7 
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hook up the filter to a container and feed the bacteria manually while you do the tear down
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Old 06-26-2013, 06:41 PM   #8 
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I'm not sure I understand. I thought that everything would have to be changed including the filter cartridge. I also have a 10 gallon (cycled) with one betta. Would I have to clean the filter (how?), get a new cartridge, and run it with the filter in the 10 gallon?
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Old 06-26-2013, 06:46 PM   #9 
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oh. then its easy. strip the whole tank, boil/scrub/bleach where applicable. get a new cartridge if you're cool with that and seed a new cycle with the help of the other tank
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Old 06-26-2013, 06:49 PM   #10 
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Yep, that's what I was thinking. Because if something was living in the tank that harmed the betta, it would be in the old cartridge too.

Any idea on how long it takes to see a new cycle. I know it's not an over night process. :)
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