I was all gungho to do a fishless cycle but now that I have my tank set up, I'm really wanting to get a fishy. Everytime I go into a LFS I see bettas in tiny cups. Some even swim up to the sides and look at me with big puppy betta eyes as if to say "take meeee hoooome!"
I'm hoping y'all can help me decide which way to go. OFL has already given me some advice which leads me to believe a fish-in cycle can be done with care and without harm.
Here's my setup:
- Marineland Eclipse Hex 5 gallon
- Three stage filter with biowheel
- Adjustable Heater
- Fake plants
- API Master Test Kit
I can commit to the requisite water changes until the tank is cycled - OFL said two 50% changes per week. One just water, one to include substrate.
So, if it was you, what would you do? Have patience and do fishless cycle? Or go with fish-in with the commitment to do all water changes consistently and as needed?