Sorry I lost track of this business here.Ulu and Thunder_o_b , should I do like an 80-90% water change now, and test again tm or later tonight? or just top it off and leave for a few more days?
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If there are no fish, just let that ammonia convert to nitrates, and when it goes to zero and the nitrites go to zero, then do your water change.
Say you show high nitrates: 0 0 20 and you want to be at 0 0 5, you must change about 3/4 of the water.
Check the parameters 24 hours later and if they appear stable you can add some fish.
The truth is that a betta and a snail will cycle the tank for you without any problems and all you have to do is change about half the water twice a week.
With that small stock most of your bacteria that you generated is going to die off right away. You've been adding way more ammonia than the betta and snail will produce and your tank is taking care of it.
Also I am constantly finding my bettas nipping at my snails and trying to bite their eyes and feelers off. At least one of the big mystery snail shells has turned up empty.
I don't think most bettas like snails very well at all, except for dinner.
The tank is cycled for a certain bioload.
If you add or subtract from that bioload, normally bacteria will grow or die.
I've never used stability but you can add fish or not.
If you add 1 fish most of your bacteria will die off, but it will stay Cycled enough to support the Bio load of that fish. The bacteria will balance the bioload of additional fish rather quickly if you don't add too many or too fast.
I would say you could add three or four fish easily at this point. Not bettas of course.
No, I'm planning a big community of bettas. The biggest strongest ones I will eventually keep and rebreed.Are you planning to sell them when they get big?
Whether that pH is too low depends on a lot on the fish. If you get a fish that was bred and raised in that pH that he's going to be fine.
No, I'm planning a big community of bettas. The biggest strongest ones I will eventually keep and rebreed.
There are lots of stupid laws here about selling things & I just don't need the money or want to get involved.
If I was in a hurry I could just order a hundred betta online and have them delivered but I thought it would be more interesting to try and breed them myself, plus I have lots of time
Depending on the betta he might be alone, but fatter, after a couple weeks
After using this method for a few days now my Ammonia is starting to drop its at 2ppm right now. I'm sure the Nitrites will drop as well but currently they are at 4ppm. Do need to keep adding little bits of Ammonia to the tank to feed the Bacteria while it gets through my Nitrites?
Oh okay, sure. Using this method if I keep adding ammonia won't that just convert to give me nitrites? ( Fast Fishless Cycle. ) it says to do a change when both ammonia and nitrites are at zero. But that can't be if there's ammonia in the tank.
Yeah, What I'm trying to say is if I keep adding ammonia to keep the Ammonia Bacteria alive how will I ever achieve 0 Ammonia and 0 Nitrites. I guess the key is to stop adding ammonia and just wait for the nitrites to come down.