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  1. Cycle in less than a week?

    Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories
    I set up a new 3.5 gallon tank on Sunday afternoon. Sand, filter, heater, plants (live and silk), primed water, etc. I put an old carbon cartridge and a few bags of cycled ceramic rings in the new filter from a current cycled tank, along with a new sponge and some new ceramic rings. Some of the...
  2. Best Plants for a Beginner

    Planted Betta Tanks
    Hello folks! I'm almost ready to get back into keeping bettas again, but I want to do it right this time and cycle my tank before getting a fish. I've never had success with the plants I chose (way back in college when I first kept bettas), so I'm wondering what plants are the best to start...
  3. Lightest tank 10+ gallons? Cycle question from re-locating?

    Other Fish
    Hi there, I've been through 10 betta deaths thus far, and three were from cancer which i'm assuming was mostly due to BHT and BHA that's put inside Omega One Pellets and Flakes. All of course were in 10 gallon, heated, filtered tanks. I'm trying to invest back into other fish instead. *What's...
  4. Time sensitive - Fish arriving EARLY but soil substrate not cycled!!

    Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories
    So I was planning on making a planted tank this time in a new longer rectangular 5.5 gal. I bought ADA Aqua Soil Amazonia and was waiting on my live plants to arrive so that I could do what I've seen all the aquascapers on youtube do: add the soil, wet it a little, add plants, fill tank...
  5. Fishless tank maintenance

    Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories
    Hello all, I plan on starting a planted tank with no fish or other animals. The goal is to have a tank ready to go and cycled if I see a betta I need to buy ("need"). I'm going to do a fishless cycle with fish food, and my question is: how often should I add fish food after the tank has cycled...
  6. Consistent pH crash while cycling

    Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories
    I set up my 29-gallon tank almost a month ago, and it's still cycling with consistent ammonia spikes and pH crashes. Last week, I got cloudy water that left a white film on everything in the tank—plants, rocks, on the substrate and even on one betta—the pH dropped overnight from a steady 6.8 to...
  7. New to cycling ; am I worrying too much?

    Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories
    Hello! So this is my first time cycling a tank. I do the fishless fish food method. I plan on getting a betta once the cycle is done! So my tank is around 4.5 and 5 gallons. I started last week. Everyday I tested the ammonia and it never went over 0.50 ppm. Even today, it is still at 0.50 ppm...
  8. Upgrading from 5 to 10 gallon

    Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories
    So I want to upgrade my tank from a 5 gallon to a 10 gallon tank. I've never had a 10 gallon tank but I need the space. I have 1 betta and 3 cory catfish in my Aqueon 5 gallon. I have two questions: 1. What type of 10 gallon tank is best? The Marina looks nice... 2. I'm dreading cycling the...
  9. Bad mix: Eco-complete and established filter media?

    Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories
    Hey there, In a few weeks I'll be setting up a new 29-gallon. I'll be using Eco-Complete Aquarium Substrate which apparently includes some water containing "purifying bacteria" that help jump start the nitrogen cycle. I also wanted to use some established filter media to help the cycle along...
  10. Starting fishless cycle after I already added a fish..

    Betta Fish Care
    Hello! I've been lurking for about a month now and have finally got myself with such a whale of a problem (hahaha) that I decided it was time to sign up and post! Okay.. So other than the fish I had growing up, I knew next to nothing when I bought my Betta. I read enough to put him in a 5...
  11. Cycling With Raw Shrimp

    Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories
    So I'm starting a new 20 gallon tank. I've got a 150 watt heater, an aquaclear 50 filter, an air pump, and decor substrate, etc. About a week ago I filled it up with water (conditioned with tetra aquasafe) and let it sit for 48 hours, then to start up the cycle I added a raw shrimp in a media...
  12. Nitrate Tests

    Betta Fish Care
    I ordered the API Master Test Kit and everything is fine, except the Nitrate test bottle #1 doesn't have the dropper. Because of this, I've been using a medicine dropper for it instead. Is this an okay thing to do? Will the results still be accurate?
  13. Uncycled 1 gallon plan

    Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories
    Ok I promise this will be one of my last threads. I'm planning to set up my one gallon tank and buy my betta fish. Then use my API test kits to test the levels every day. I will keep the ammonia levels down with water changes. My questions are: 1. Should I buy Ammolock? I can easily buy it. 2...
  14. API Safestart or Tetra Quickstart?

    Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories
    I was going to fishless cycle my tank, but then I got to thinking, why not just use bottle bacteria like Quickstart? After all people don't cycle bowls and they are still ok. Its a one gallon tank. I would keep the ammonia down with Ammolock and/or water changes. I have API test kits as well...
  15. Is cycling a 1 gallon tank necessary?

    Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories
    I just bought a one gallon aquarium. It has a undergravel filter. I already have everything required to do a fishless cycle with ammonia. I have API test kits for ammonia, nitrates and nitrites. My water conditioner has aloe, and its not Prime. All I want to know is, do I need to cycle this...
  16. Cycling with plants and seeds

    Betta Fish Care
    Hello, I've read lots on cycling and was amazed at how long a lot of them estimate it takes to complete the cycling process. I plan to start up a 20 gal soon. I was hoping to put my filter media in my friend's established 155 gal tank for a couple weeks to absorb bacteria, snag some plants from...
  17. So I think I accidentally cycled my 5.5 gal tank?

    Betta Fish Care
    Ammonia reads close to 0 (just slightly over? Not good at telling the color of the ammonia test), nitrites are definitely 0, and nitrates are between 0 and 5. The tank is divided, was formerly getting a partial change weekly and 100% change each month, and is filtered and heated. I was not...
  18. Tank Won't Cycle

    Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories
    I have a 5.5 gallon tank with a hydor theo 50 watt heater and an aqueon quietflow at10 internal filter. I've been trying to do a fishless cycle for about a week and a half now. 11 days ago I dosed the tank with 3ppm of Dr. Tim's bottled ammonia, and added a half cap of seachem stability. For the...
  19. Cycling 5g Question

    Betta Fish Bowls, Habitats, and Accessories
    I'm currently trying to cycle my 5g tank with a fish-in cycle. It currently only houses 1 betta. I seem to reach .5 ppm ammonia within 48 hours. I have to do a water change every other day. Is that normal? I'm just hoping I'm doing everything right. Parameters before water change today...
  20. Bloated maybe?

    Betta Fish Diseases and Emergencies
    Not really an emergency, since he's still acting and looking normal. Moby has been eating enthusiastically, though he rejected pellets for flakes, oddly enough. He pooped the first few days I had him, but then a couple days ago he had this really big one, like bigger than I thought a fish as...
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