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How does one properly cycle a 3 gallon tank?

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How does one properly cycle a 3 gallon tank?
Old 01-20-2013, 07:24 PM   #11
 
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aha thank you! I used to have a ton, but it got super algae-fied so I had to throw it away because it wouldnt go away.. very sad :(

I may get wisteria because it is so pretty, but I probably dont have enough light
or maybe more moss balls!

Thank you all!
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Old 01-20-2013, 07:52 PM   #12
 
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So far anything I've seen at PetsMart or Petco are low light and easy plants. So you're likely going to be getting an easy pesy plant. Those moss balls are WAY over priced. I'll never get one because of that.
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Old 01-21-2013, 12:03 AM   #13
 
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Fast-growing floaters help attenuate any ammonia/nitrite spikes. But, in answering your original question: you cycle a 3g the same way you'd cycle any tank.
Keep the temp up around 82* if possible
Aeration (sponge filter, airstone or waterfall)
Large filter media
Plants
Attention to params
Water changes (even large ones) when necessary

Don't squeeze them mossballs for a couple of months...they don't look so smug. Hmmph!
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Old 01-21-2013, 11:14 AM   #14
 
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Thank you-- this is perfect. I wish I could put aeration in the tank, but even the smallest air pump makes the current too strong for my fish because his tail is so big, he can't really fight the current.
also my air pump broke!
It just doesn't make bubbles anymore, though it still turns on.
Do any of you have any suggestions on why it is not making bubbles?
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Old 01-21-2013, 11:16 AM   #15
 
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Thank you-- this is perfect. I wish I could put aeration in the tank, but even the smallest air pump makes the current too strong for my fish because his tail is so big, he can't really fight the current.
also my air pump broke!
It just doesn't make bubbles anymore, though it still turns on.
Do any of you have any suggestions on why it is not making bubbles?
Have you felt for air coming out of the pump?
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Old 01-21-2013, 09:55 PM   #16
 
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Your Betta doesn't need any aeration. It's the nitrifying bacteria that need O2. If you have enough plants growing fast enough, you don't need the nitrogen cycle at all.

Of course, growing those plants is the hardest part for many of us. That's why I cycle.
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Old 01-22-2013, 05:05 PM   #17
 
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ahhh, my air pump is with my guppies, but there is no air coming out.

ah yes, and I got my fish an anubias for the tank, because there isn't much light for anything else to grow

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