Need advice on cycling a 5 gallon betta aquarium Feb 2, 2018 21:05:30 GMT -5
Post by jan on Feb 2, 2018 21:05:30 GMT -5
Hi ! I have a little red betta named Blaze who has currently been living in a 1 1/3 gallon glass aquarium for three months. Once I get his 5 gallon tank cycled, he will move into it! The problem is that it is not doing anything. Ammonia and nitrites are still at 0 on Day 9. I would appreciate your advice because I am not sure why. This is my first time!
Here are the specifics:
I have a 5 gallon glass Aqueon aquarium filled with spring water (did not add Prime), a #1 ATI sponge filter with air stone connected inside (it is bubbling well), about 1 inch of gravel covers the bottom, a number of small Matrix stones spread around on the gravel (maybe 25-30), thermometer, a 15 watt under gravel mini heater and a 7.5 watt under gravel mini heater, no plants or other fixtures yet. I don’t have a lid yet, so I cut a rectangle of plastic from an old plastic tablecloth cover for the top. (Thank you AAP for the filter and heaters and the great advice in helping me get set up as well as maintain his little aquarium!) Also, I added 1 spoonful of gravel from my betta's current small aquarium that I hope has some good bacteria on it.
Day 1 started adding fish food twice a day (I did miss a few times). I soak about 4 pellets (Aqueon Betta Food) in a tiny cup of aquarium water. Once they are soft, I crush them finely and pour into tank.
Day 3 turned on 15 watt heater. Water temperature varies between 74 degrees F to 76 degrees F with 15 watt heater only.
Friday (today) is Day 9. I still have 0 Ammonia and 0 Nitrites. I did turn the 7.5 watt heater on and the temp is now 80 degrees F tonight.
I am not sure why it won’t start cycling, so I appreciate the help. I have read about mold forming from decaying food and I don’t want to have a problem with that either since we are 9 days into this with no action. Thanks!