Is My Tank Ready For A Betta?


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Hey guys,

I posted this on another thread about a week ago but need some more advice. I am doing a fish in cycle in a flex 15 gallon. It has been 3 weeks and there is no ammonia, nitrite, or nitrates. The tank is planted so I don't know if that has any effect as to whether there is Nitrate just at a smaller level? There are 4 zebra danio in the tank as well.

Is it normal for the cycle to take this long? It's been 3 weeks and nothing seems to be changing. I have done no water changes and test the water using the API fresh water kit.

Eventually I want to get a betta and a some sort of algae eater (not a snail). Is it okay to buy a betta now or will there be a spike and kill my betta?

Let me know what you think.
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Should I add another Zebra fish? Am I doing something wrong? 3 weeks seems like a long time to go with no changes.
 

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It should have some form of nitrates in order to be considered "cycled". Nitrates are natural in an environment. You want them, usually at a lower amount.

Zero ammonia and niTRITES are good, but you'll want to get some nitrates in the water before you can consider it cycled.
 

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Should I add another Zebra fish? Am I doing something wrong? 3 weeks seems like a long time to go with no changes.
Why would you want to add more?

Watch this if you want to know other ways to cycle an aquarium:
 
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It should have some form of nitrates in order to be considered "cycled". Nitrates are natural in an environment. You want them, usually at a lower amount.

Zero ammonia and niTRITES are good, but you'll want to get some nitrates in the water before you can consider it cycled.
Hey, so just continue to wait it out? I'm thinking that there should be a spike soon. I just wanted to make sure I didn't miss it
 

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Hey, so just continue to wait it out? I'm thinking that there should be a spike soon. I just wanted to make sure I didn't miss it
In order to cycle an aquarium, you need to have an ammonia source. Watching the video that I provided would greatly benefit you.

This video is helpful in explaining what the nitrogen cycle is:
 
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In order to cycle an aquarium, you need to have an ammonia source. Watching the video that I provided would greatly benefit you.
The 4 zebra fish should be producing ammonia. Which is why I haven't done any water changes as to not mess up the cycle.
 

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The 4 zebra fish should be producing ammonia. Which is why I haven't done any water changes as to not mess up the cycle.
They don't produce a whole lot of bioload. Besides, I don't recommend beginners using fish to cycle their aquarium.
 




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