Originally Posted by Oldfishlady
That is correct.....its not that smaller tanks can't cycle...its more due to limited surface area for the beneficial bacteria and this can limit stability and the tank will still need twice weekly water changes to keep the water safe.
In 2gal filtered tank-twice weekly 50%...1-50% water only and 1-50% with vacuum to maintain water quality....unless you have live active growing plants......
Filter media needs a swish/rinse in old tank water a couple of times a month with a water change to maintain good water flow and oxygen for the beneficial bacteria.
It is normal and expected to have some algae in a contain of water that has both light and nutrient and it can even be a sign of a healthy system-it can help make the tank look more natural by softening edges and provides food for the microorganism that the Betta will graze on, however, since this is a closed system we still need to manually remove some of the algae along with our weekly water changes to keep it in check.....
Hey thanks for the info! Yea I think my tank is healthy.....this is my favorite betta fish and his tail which was nibbled on a few months back is almost all back, he's a vibrant mustard blue/orange color, and he is always active and easy to feed. So I assume the algae is a sign the tank is in healthy standing so i think i am going to continue to "cycle" the tank, even though you said it isn't really cycling....but maybe its keeping the tank healthy how I am cleaning it.