So, this is embarrassing but I'm still pretty clueless about cycling. I checked out the stickies and I try to read a lot of the posts about cycling. But I'm still so confused. I've somehow managed to cycle 3 tanks and had mostly successes. My first was a 2.5 gallon for my betta a few years ago and now that I know about cycling I feel so bad for him! My second was a 10 gallon with glofish and I think I had African dwarf frogs in there as well - this tank I at least let run for a few days and added Marineland bacteria. Third tank is my current 29 gallon - used API bacteria but immediately added fish and almost all of them died overnight. Let it run for a few days, tried again and no losses. So basically, the tanks somehow, someway eventually cycled but I have no idea how long it took since this was way before I found this forum so wasn't testing parameters. I've been wanting to replace my last betta who passed away and totally made an impulse buy at Walmart about a week ago. He's currently in my 1.5 gallon QT tank (obviously not ideal but I figured it as better than being in the cup). Saturday I will be getting a 10 gallon for him and I'd like to actually cycle the correct way this time. Right now I'm just changing water every day and he seems to be fine - blowing bubble nests even. The filter in the QT tank is new so hasn't had time to cycle and seed the media - I don't even know if a tank that small can cycle. Normally I would just take some extra media from my 29 gallon but with meds in the tank and probable columnaris I obviously don't want to use any of it. I know for a fish in cycle I can use Stability or TSS+. And if I'm remembering correctly with TSS you don't do a water change for 2 weeks and don't dose Prime since it locks up the ammonia, but with Stability I'd be dosing if and Prime every day. Right? Am I even close? Is one method better/easier/faster? Again, so lost about how to do this correctly. Sorry for the novel!