This is a question I need to get answered and have had no luck out on the net. So, a little about Rocky (my fish) I got him in September 2010 and he has been living in a small maybe 1/2 gallon bowl. Regular water changes and he is doing well. I recently bought him a 5 gallon lovely aquarium with plastic decorations and all! So happy to get to spoil him.
But, alas, I think I made a mistake the first day. I put him in the tank maybe 2 hours after I had set everything up. I know it was too early but I figured I had changed his water so many times and he was fine what was different with this? (Stupid I know) He was ok at first but then started to like take really big GULPS underwater. Like he was gasping. This did not look good. he then started to jerk around a little. I did not like the look of that and put him back into his original bowl. He is ok there and is still a little stressed I think from the ordeal but no gasping or jerking.
I have now waited 24hrs since setting up water in new aquarium and bought a "master test kit" to test everything. PH, Ammonia, Nitrates and Nitrites. Everything was normal. I am now apprehensive about putting my baby boy into this tank that caused him so much stress!
Please help as I do not want to lose him. I don't really know what cycling a tank is and still really don't get it. How do I cycle if I need to? (I have read the posts but it makes no sense really)
Any help or input would be greatly appreciated.