He's got a pretty big tank though, I don't think anything would spike super suddenly if he tests the water everyday... And Drax's eye will just get worse in that cold dirty vase... 2.5 gallons are notoriously hard to cycle, anything 3 gallons or less is actually very difficult to maintain. The bigger the tank, the easier to cycle!
Agree with TaylorW, 10 gallons of water ensures stability during the critical cycling phase. As long as Drax's owner does not overfeed as the tank is cycling it will be just fine.
Last edited by scootshoot; 12-04-2010 at 04:55 PM.
Yep, what TaylorW said. As long as you're willing to moniter the water levels and do frequent, small water changes to keep the ammonia at a non-lethal level, you should be fine. Drax may be a little more vunerable since he is under the weather, so just be sure to keep an eye on the water quality.
I didn't cycle my 10 gal before putting my 3 bettas in. What you were saying earlier though about dividing and making one side a sorority and the other side community...that won't really work. A sorority won't really work in any less than 10 gallons and neither will a community tank with bettas. You could divide it in 2 or 3 and get more male bettas or one female and you could also get some African Dwarf Frogs, snails or shrimp but if you want a community tank you'll have to stick with one betta.
Also did you buy a liquid test kit? You'll need one for testing your water during cycling. They're not cheap ($32) but they last FOREVER and they're the only truly accurate test kits out there. I really advise getting one. =]
Personally, I don't recommend the water bottle baffle since one of our members here lost her curious betta when he swam inside the bottle, got stuck & drowned. :( I recommend using an aquarium sponge/foam (AquaClear & Imagine are two available brands and should be available at your pet shop) and rubber banding it to the out flow on the filter. Lower it for less water flow, raise it for more & it's one more place for the "good" bacteria to grow.