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Thread: Small tank cycling
12-23-2013, 04:23 PM #1
Small tank cycling
So, this doesn't make any sense to me......I've read in various places that you can't have a cycle in a very small tank, like 1g. This can't be true, right? Because all you need is a food source for the bacteria, and the fish provides that....granted, there won't be TONS of bacteria, but over time...some, right? Enough to keep up with a betta's waste.
And yes, I know a 1g is very small, but he was in a 5g before and wasn't doing well. He's making bubble nests now and very active.20 gallon with a male betta, neons, glowlights, and red cherry shrimp. (work in progess) Recently added a few LIVE plants and driftwood, Woooohoooo!
12-23-2013, 04:39 PM #2
why can't there? I do not see a reason why a 1 gallon cannot be cycled.
it's just water with fish waste needed to sustain the bacteria, isn't it?
12-23-2013, 05:35 PM #3
Of course, the main question would be why on earth you'd want to keep a betta in a 1 gal. They should have ten times that space in my opinion."Somewhere, something incredible is waiting to be known." Carl Sagan
~ My 350 Litre Tank Journal ~
12-23-2013, 05:57 PM #4
146 gal fw tank with black skirt tetras, neon tetras, spotted corys, green corys, 1 guppy, cherry barbs, otoclinus, snails & 4 amano shrimp - plastic & live plants
5 gal QT with green corys & 2 guppies
12-23-2013, 09:41 PM #5
That's what I thought..size of tank shouldn't matter to get a cycle.
I respect your opinion on tank size, but he wouldn't stop chasing his reflection before, no matter what I tried, and seemed very stressed...he barely ate.
Like before, he has heated water, and regular water changes. Behavior is much improved...still active, but not non-stop frantic.20 gallon with a male betta, neons, glowlights, and red cherry shrimp. (work in progess) Recently added a few LIVE plants and driftwood, Woooohoooo!