Originally Posted by mandi85710
No it's fine ask away. I would say on cycling set up your tank and use some of your water from your main tank in there as well as water from the tap. Add all the chemicals to remove chlorine and all of that stuff. I always take some rocks from my main tank and put them in panty hose and stick them in my filter behind the cartridge to help the bacteria you need in your tank build up faster. Also I use stress zyme which adds bacteria to your tank and filter to get the right bacteria in there for your fish. I would do that then put a little food in their once a day and let it run like you have fish in it. The food helps the bacteria as well. But the rocks and using some water from your main works on speeding things up as well. Not everyone recommends doing that so if you choose to normal cycle then that is a little different.
Put water in and add all of your chemicals for chlorine removal ect. Then everyday put a little food like you have fish in it. Then also everyday do about a 25% water change. You would need to do this one for about a month to 6 weeks to get it cycled. I did mine the other way and my fish are all fine.
As far as moving them to the 10G do it right away. As soon as you see them get them moved if you want to keep them. That way there are less eaten. When I first started I thought I would let mother nature take its course until I saw them and now I am a breeder...lol.
As far as the square it is really hard to tell on them unless they are in front of you. Sorry I thought maybe you would be able to see it a little bit. I will look and see if I have any pics of any of my fish in labor. I thought I had one of my silver molly and you can really tell but I have to look b/c it wasn't in my normal spot I save my pics too. You can do it however you want to as far as getting them out it really is up to you. I can't tell you what to do on that one. But yes on the water change and make sure you check your levels to watch for a spike in the ammonia levels. I have to run to the store really quick before they close so I will try and jump back on when I get home but if not I will check back in the morning. I finally got an answer on what to give my fish. First time any of them have ever been sick. I will talk to you soon.
Awesome! Thanks again soooooo much! I'll probably do it your way since it's easier and less time consuming. :3 I'm not quite sure when I might have some little ones. So basically...
Maybe the next time I do a water change on the big tank (usually about a 25%) put that in the 10 gallon along with some tap water. I've got some conditioner for the water. It's strange since it says "Use Monthly"...I don't know lol. I might get a different one that isn't so...fish. Hehe. I usually add some aquarium salt, just what it says for the freshwater guys. I don't do it every water change, but would you recommend adding it for these guys? I'll also take the gravel to get that bacteria like you said and plus the Stress Zyme. My filter seems a little strong, so I'm not sure if that will cause some trouble.
Also for the plants, would plastic ones along with the floating ones be alright? And would you recommend hideouts or like the air pump with the bubble stone?
I also have a master test kit so as it cycles, just keep an eye on that. Another thing I've been wondering. I know like for bettas, people are very very picky on the breeding. But these guys I got from a local petstore, not like Petco or Petsmart, but a small, family-owned and operated one. I hope they're alright to breed with.
Thanks again for everything!