I'm in the process of doing several water tests to see if my tank is cycled. I'm comparing a tank water test to about 3 separate tests on treated and untreated tank water. That's in a different thread if you want to take a look at it. My final test will be tonight, and then I think I'll have enough data to make the call. At this point, I think there may be Some bacteria, but not enough to hold a cycle. I don't think that it ever will cycle, and I'm fine by that.
To tell the truth, it was my mom that bought the filter. She thought the water looked cloudy, so she picked one up before I could ask for advice here, hahaha.
I think I'll keep it in, though. It does keep the water circulating nicely for the heater, and Rosie likes to play with the bubbles that come out of it.
Given my tank size and the fact that it is filtered (whatever good that does), what should my cleaning schedule look like? I know I should be doing a 100% change every 5 days, but how often should I do a 50% change?
One other thing: I'm considering a tank upgrade this summer to a 5gal. I know the whisper3i is for 1-3gal tanks, but would it work for a cycle in a 5gal?
I'm just being stingy here. If it works in a 5gal, I'm not going to go out and buy another filter, hahaha.