I recently bought a betta fish from a friend that is moving to another state. It is a male and currently lives in a 2.5 gallon tank with a filter, plants and a hideout place. I am buying him a heater this weekend, but I JUST bought a 10 gallon tank for him. I am planning to clean it and set it up with conditioner.. But then I heard about cycling.
The problem is, I don't really understand it. I don't have ammonia to drop into the tank, and I can't buy a testing kit because my parents don't think it's worth that much for a fish (they're completely wrong, I know :P) and the only option I have is a method that is without fish, the "fishless" cycle. I heard you set up the filter, heater, gravel & decor and then pretend as if there is fish inside and add a pinch or two of food a day.
But the rest I didn't quite understand.. And is it even possible to do this without a testing kit? Please help!