Betta Fish Care  
Go Back   Betta Fish and Betta Fish Care > Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories
Check out the eBook Betta Fish Care Made Easy
betta fish
Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 01-01-2010, 08:58 AM   #11 
dramaqueen
Banned
 
Join Date: Jul 2008
Location: Central Texas
If you keep the filter media and gravel wet, you shouldn't lose your cycle. You can empty the tank until you have just enough water to cover the gravel and put the filter in tank water in a bucket to keep it wet.
dramaqueen is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-01-2010, 01:05 PM   #12 
1fish2fish
Member
 
1fish2fish's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Savannah, GA
Owlets... a spike is exactly how you describe it. For instance when I recently cycled my 3 gallon my ammonia went from 0.25ppm one day to 1.00ppm the next.. thats a pretty drastic change over twenty four hours. The same thing will happen for your Nitirites.

Eolith... just like Dramaqueen said as long as you keep enough water to just cover the gravel you should be safe. It's also a good idea to put the filter media in a tupperware container full of tank water. The bacteria from cycling is in your gravel, decorations, plants, filter, and on the walls of your tank.. so taking the water out shouldn't disrupt your cycle.

Now once you get your tank set back up you might go through a "mini-cycle" because you will lose a little bacteria.. just test for a few days and do any water changes if needed until your tank returns to "equilibrium' so to speak.
1fish2fish is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-01-2010, 09:13 PM   #13 
Owlets
Member
 
Owlets's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: South Australia
Ah, thankyou!
Owlets is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-01-2010, 09:47 PM   #14 
1fish2fish
Member
 
1fish2fish's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Savannah, GA
No prob... I'm here to help.
1fish2fish is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-05-2010, 07:42 AM   #15 
lavallin
New Member
 
lavallin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Toronto
If I change the filter cartridge in my tank, will it stay cycled?
lavallin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-05-2010, 11:25 AM   #16 
1fish2fish
Member
 
1fish2fish's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Savannah, GA
You need to take some old media from the old cartridge.. cut a hole in the new filter and add the old media. Your tank should stay at equilibrium this way but I would still test the ammonia, nitrites and nitrates for a few days and watch for changes just in case.

But the main chunk of your bacteria from cycle are in the gravel and plants and somewhat on the walls of your tank.. only a small portion is in your filter. Its still good to put old media in a new filter so the bacteria can recolonize the filter quickly.
1fish2fish is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-05-2010, 11:50 AM   #17 
lavallin
New Member
 
lavallin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Toronto
'Media'? Do you mean the carbon?
lavallin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-05-2010, 11:56 AM   #18 
1fish2fish
Member
 
1fish2fish's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Savannah, GA
yeah.. the stuff inside the cartridge. Take some of it out and cut a small hole in the new filter and add it in.
1fish2fish is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-05-2010, 12:21 PM   #19 
lavallin
New Member
 
lavallin's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Toronto
Do you think around a teaspoon would be enough?
lavallin is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-05-2010, 02:00 PM   #20 
1fish2fish
Member
 
1fish2fish's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Savannah, GA
you know I'm not really sure.. I haven't changed my cartridges yet as they still seem to be working good.

That sounds about right though. You still may experience a mini-cycle no matter how much you add so just test for a few days and make water changes if needed. It won't take very long for the bacteria to take over the new filter.
1fish2fish is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Forum Jump


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 01:29 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.7.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.