Is this good enough to put my betta in?

Discussion in 'Betta Fish' started by Deesk06, Jul 21, 2015.

  1. Deesk06Valued MemberMember

    So! I decided to get my Betta his own tank. I know I have only been cycling for a day. But I took over plants and substrate and water from my established tank. And the reading are in the picture. ImageUploadedByFish Lore Aquarium Fish Forum1437504790.109679.jpgImageUploadedByFish Lore Aquarium Fish Forum1437504801.831121.jpg

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  2. Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

    Yes looks like your tank is cycled.

  3. kidster9700Well Known MemberMember

    +1 on dom. cycled!

  4. ClearEyesWell Known MemberMember

    Lucky you! Congrats :D
  5. Deesk06Valued MemberMember

    Is it okay if I put my gravel from my established tank behind my filter insert? This way it is always there but incase with the good bacteria? I have it sitting in a stocking now, but I wanna take that out!

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  6. GvilleguyValued MemberMember

    If gravel, plants, and water were taken from the other tank, there is no way to tell how much cycled bacteria was transferred. The only way to tell if it is cycled is to put ammonia in there and see if it gets processed. You said you had been cycling for a day...just curious if ammonia was put in there and then processed to zero?
  7. CoradeeModeratorModerator Member

    If there are no fish in the tank & you haven't added ammonia or a bottled bacteria & you used water from your main tank then your readings will be the same as they would be if you'd tested your main tank.
    As Gvilleguy said, add some ammonia & see how quickly it gets processed.
  8. Deesk06Valued MemberMember

    Well, last night before bed I added food to spike it. And when I did the readings it was down to zero

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  9. Et tuValued MemberMember

    Gvilleguy, that's a brilliant idea! Why guess when you can know for sure.
  10. Dom90Fishlore VIPMember

    Fish food is unreliable way of measuring ammonia ppm.

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  11. GvilleguyValued MemberMember

    I think food would not have spiked ammonia that quickly. So I don't think you have a good reading yet on the cycling status.
  12. CoradeeModeratorModerator Member

    I doubt the food would have broken down enough overnight to produce much, if any ammonia.
    To speed up the cycle take some media from your main tank filter & put it in the new filter, for just one Betta there should be enough BB but monitor the water closely.

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