"Chicklet" I have never heard of the cycle process. I am new to fish period. I know if the water looks clean & healthy it doesn't mean it truely is. I was going to clean it every week the 25% or whatever. But really empty it out and clean it once a month. Would that be a good schedule?
What do you mean by a "dangerous cycle"? I have a whisper filter like "JingleAllTheWay" and honestly the darn fish was playing in the currect flow. If you think it is better with no filter/pump thingy, and it will prolong his life?, then I think I might take it out.
What is an Air Stone? Earlier you said get a "butterfly with a suction cup", you mean just a deco piece for fun? Is there a small, inexpensive heater that I should use in a 1 1/2 gallon tank that you would recommend?
Thanks for all the help. I want this fish to be healthy and live long and happy.
I am not to good at wording things all that correctly, Thus harder for me to get my point across..
your first stage of cycling it is produced through fish respiration, waste and uneaten food and is highly toxic to fish, if not removed will eventually cause death.
is your second stage of cycling and consumes ammonia, and is the next most toxic after ammonia.
Lastly is Nitrate
your third stage of cycling, Nitrate is produced in the filter. & consumes harmful nitrite which in turn consumed the harmful ammonia. These are the Good guys so long as they stay below 40 ppm.
During a cycle you have to monitor the Ammonia & Nitrites levels every day as they can become lethal in a very short period, If you have fish in the tank then you have to do frequent water changes in order to keep the levels low, ( remember that even at low levels you are still poisoning your fish just at a slower rate) When the Ammonia levels drop off you will then get Nitrite readings, (these I found worse then the Ammonia has they oft times came fast and furious, Sometimes requiring several water changes every day, (This is the stage I have lost more fish in,)
once the nitrites drop off you get Nitrates, The good guys and now you get to breath easy, unless you do something to mess up the cycle, and little tanks are very unstable due to their size and volume.
All it takes is one simple water change to screw with the cycle and then the fish gets to go thru it again,
It's a unneeded risk and worry if you care about your fish..
Some may say I don't do frequent water changes, so not a problem for me, Wrong again.
But anyways for the hell of it lets say Ok, Tell me how long you intend on putting off a water change and expect to have a healthy fish let along a live vibrant one?
The easiest, Healthiest and simpliest solution for small tanks is to stick with frequent water changes at least twice a week, (every other day if possible), Then you never have to worry about Ammonia getting way outta hand or the terrible nitrites,
This is how I run all my small tanks and I can honestly say I have never had one single fish get sick or die from any disease!
I have probably around a hundred betta's by now and that's saying something in my book!
The only real problems I have had thus far was from fish I bought that came with troubles,
Good clean water changes every day fixed them all up... You will be surprised what fresh clean water alone can do for the health of your Betta.
Anyways I probably didn't word any of this so it makes sense, But I tried ,
I just ain't got the knack like *Nataku * does, She rocks when she types :)