So I was stupid, and didn't wait till I had saved up some more money to buy a 5 gal tank, but instead blew half a bonus check I got at work on a 5 gal. *bad bad bad!* But anyway... since I now have a 5 gal tank.... : )
I happened to get a 5.5 gal reptile terranium, but it said it was water tight and the petsmart lady *said* it's double-sealed... Plus it was the ONLY 5 gal tank I could find w/o having to order online that was just a 5 gal glass rectangle tank and a screen cover w/ cutouts for cords that I could find. I've already rinsed it out well, and left it filled with water for a bit to make sure it wasn't leaking or anything. I also bought a API liquid PH test kit, though after reading for a bit on here, I think I bought the wrong kit. So I won't use it till I know if it's the right one i'll need to cycle a tank. (It was the only API liquid test kit walmart had.)
ANYWAY, I have tried to understand the cycling sticky that I kept stumbling across, but it was all gibberish to me, and I am getting so many conflicting ways to cycle a tank for the first time that I need help.
I have a 2.5 gal tank right now with one betta in it, (filtered and heated,) that gets a 50% water change once a week. Silk plant, gravel, a couple of caves. The filter has good bacteria established in it, and the gravel should also. I rinse off the plant and decor, but only vaccume the gravel, not rinse it. How do I seed my 5 gal to speed the process up? Seuss will have to stay in the 2.5 gal till the 5 gal is cycled and ready for him, so I hate to take all his gravel out to seed the new tank, but will if I have to.
I also bought Aponogeton bulbs, but am not sure when to plant them in the 5 gal, (while the tank is cycling? After it's done?) I also don't know anything about this plant, but will be googling it after I finish typing this post. (The package said it was for Bettas...) It has 4 bulbs in it, and I have no hood or light, but Seuss's tank does/ will get ALOT of indirect sunlight all day. But any plant advice as well as cycling advice is more than welcome!