Is it possible to change water too much when trying to get your tank to cycle?
Hi, I have a betta that’s been alone in a new 5 gallon tank for 7 days now and the ammonia remains .25 daily with 0 nitrites and 0 nitrates. The numbers are better than when he was living in a bowl for sure. But when should I expect to see changes in the numbers such that the cycle starts? I do a 20% partial water change every other day. Do the water changes disrupt the cycling? Or Am I being impatient.
Since I’m new to this I’m not sure if this is normal.
I have a 5 gallon tank that my betta just moved into 5 days ago after Being in a bowl for ~2years in our office area.
His coloring changed over time in the bowl but none of us were fish people. We thought nothing of it. However, I’ve read a lot about Bettas since I’ve brought him including illnesses that impact them. I think Blue may have fin rot. Take a look at the pics and let me know if my assertion is correct.
If it is some illness, what do I do?
As always, thank you for your assistance in helping Blue!
I completely emptied my 5 gallon tank and rinsed everything to remove the LA’s totally (NOT) Awesome ammonia. I rinsed the filter media, the gravel and live plants. Then I rinsed and scrubbed the tank itself. I put everything back together including fluval stratum and the rinsed gravel and filled it with clean dechlorinated water. I then placed my plants and completed the fill with more dechlorinated water. So, now I’m back to square one.
But my ammonia won’t arrive for 9 more days! Do I just wait or is there something I should do?
I’ve been cycling a tank for 12 days now. I couldn’t figure out why I’m not seeing any change in the water chemistry. Come to find out the ammonia I’m using is not just ammonia. Ugh! I bought LA’s totally awesome ammonia. It has surfactants and other things that I’m sure hinder cycling.
My question, do I need to change out my water completely or can I just start using real ammonia? My betta has already endured more than he should have. So I want to get back on track as soon as possible.
Feeling sad for my fish. Thanks for helping me help him.