Originally Posted by SilverMagic
A couple people here have given me some great advice and I'm thankful for that but I'm terribly worried about my new betta. I have him in a 5 gallon tank, put him in there before I read all this stuff about cycling. I'm realizing now that this tank is going to go through a cycling process with him living in it and that it could be dangerous for him. I agree with the suggestions I received to do a 50% water change twice a week, every 3 days or so until the tank is cycled. I also read here that a 50% twice weekly water change is also what is recommended for a betta in a larger than 2.5 gallon tank. So am I treating this situation just like a betta in an unfiltered tank or could things get more dangerous than that in regards to ammonia or nitrite levels???
Will my fish be safe enough with twice weekly 50% water changes while the filter is running and the thank is cycling? My fish is too beautiful to be hurt or damaged so I am panicking. Thanks for your help.
Cycling isnt imperative to bettas, though its certainly a good thing to do. If you do not want to cycle, you dont have to. If youre really worried, you can do 100% changes during the week, which will put a damper on the cycle.
Dont stress, dont stress :P
50% x2 a week is okay. If you can, monitor your ammonia/nitrate and nitrtie levels with a liquid test kit.
If you would like, I have a fish-in cycling PM that I send to members after a member needed help cycling her 5 gallon. I can send it to you. Its in simple terms and is easy to understand.
If youre really nervous, try:
50% x2, 25%x1
Monday (assuming a clean slate, after a 100% change for simplicity)...tues.....Wed 50%...Thurs....Friday 25%...sat...sun 50%...Monday...Tues(maybe a 25%? up to you)...proceed like before, keeping it the same.
The filter in your tank means no 100% changes are needed. Be sure to siphon the bottom to get rid of unwanted poop, etc.