I had posted these in the Meet the Betta Keepers forum after an introduction, but I figured I'd post them here as well as I think this is the appropriate location? If it's not, just point me in the right direction and I'll be on my way :P
Also, if the answers to these questions are somewhere on this forum and I missed them, by all means, also point in the right direction. Thanks!
Two male Bettas (one CT, one HM)
Both in their own 10 gal tanks with heater, filter, small gravel substrate, thermometer, soft decorations, hides with holes larger than my thumb, and kept at 79-80 degrees Fahrenheit.
Both have light sources for daytime/nighttime cycles
1) I am very interested in cycling my tank. Unfortunately, I had to buy the fish and the setup the same day, so I'd like to know about natural cycling. I only have the one betta in each tank; are there compatible tankmates that would speed the process? Any bacteria I should add to the tank that won't harm the fish? Etc
3) I am quite concerned about tank maintenance. I read that if you have a 10g filtered tank, you only need to do 25-30% water changes once a week. I purchased a self start vacuum for this process--would you recommend anything different? Also, when doing this process, am I supposed to take some of the current water, place the betta in it, and set him aside to re-acclimate later? Also, when adding the new water (tap water) do I add the recommended amount of water conditioner for the entire 10 gal?
4) Last question, I promise! One of my tanks has a Tetra Whisper filter for 10gals. It's really strong and I think the current is a bit much for my betta. What can I do to soften the current without ruining the filter?
Thanks guys, any help is appreciated.