Originally Posted by BettaMan
Actually, changed my mind. I'm going to do it fish-in.
My tank has a filter.
Also, could you please answer some of my questions?
1. Should I take everything out of my tank and rinse it off?
2. Should I buy a new filter cartridge?
Okay, so from my understanding this is what I should do:
Change 50% of the water 2 times a week.
Test the water daily until I have only Nitra
Is it really that simple?
Thanks so much!
Yes you should take everything out and clean it again before you start cycling.
Remember when you clean anything in your fish tank NEVER use soap!!!!!!! Or a regular sponge!!!!!!! Use your hands and Hot water!
If you really need to use a cleaning product use straight up bleach or vinegar. And then rinse it out REALLY well with REALLY hot water and let it sit in the sun a few days.
You don't really need to. In fact you don't really need those cartridges at all. All the carbon cartridges do is polish your water. all you really need is the sponge/biological filter media.
You could if you want to though. Or you could just cut a slit in the one you already have, empty it, rinse it really well with hot water and refill it with new carbon filter media. =] It's cheaper that way.
Never use the carbon filter media/carbon cartridge when you're treating your betta fish with medication. It renders the medication useless.
your tank is cycled all you'll have to do are 2 50% changes every week.
While you're fish in cycling you do a 25-50% change anytime the water gets too close to .4ppm. This could be as often as twice in one day.
You'll see a boom in ammonia then a fall in it, then a boom in nitrites and a fall, and a boom and fall in nitrates. when ammonia and nitrites are zero and nitrates are low, you change the water then add an ammonia source and check again the next day or in a few days and it's still 0,0, and low then you're cycled. =]
In all truth doing daily or every other day 100% changes in a temporary home while you fishless cycle is MUCH less of a headache and much easier on both you and your fish. If you can fishless cycle you should. =]
The easiest way to fishless cycle is the shrimp method because you don't do any water changes unless the ammonia gets too high:
Take 1/2 a cocktail shrimp (as you have a 2.5 gallon) put it in pantyhose, tie the pantyhose off, throw it in the tank, wait 2 or three days, test the water (preferably with a liquid test kit) and if there's .25-.35 ammonia then add your Tom's One and Only or your Tetra SafeStart. Once you do that you just wait 4 days to a week and a maybe a few days and you're cycled.
If the ammonia reaches .4 change the water! The bacteria can't survive in ammonia that high in the early stages!
Also tips to sped up fishless cycling: Turn your heater up to 85, add an air stone or an air stone strip or pad. Heat and more oxygen speeds things up in the cycling process. =]
Also no matter what kind of cycling you choose to do you should test your water daily and record the numbers. This helps you keep track of things and know if something goes wrong. =]