Help?! I'm still so torn on which cycling method to use for my new tank (it hasn't arrived yet so I have a while to decide)...
Here's some details on my planned set up:
30L (or almost 8 gallons)
Hagen Elite Hush 10 Hang-On
Marina Submersible Compact 50W
Hollow barrel ornament, betta hammock
Male VT Betta
Betta pellets and bloodworms
Anubias, Cryptocoryne, Java Moss
Serenity betta water conditioner
I also have some bottled bacteria (can't remember the brand), API 5 in 1 test strips, an ammonia test kit, a PH test kit and will be getting some plant fertilizer tabs.
The tank is in a well lit room but not in direct sunlight. I would like to also add a single tank mate at a later stage, maybe a snail or something but I haven't decided.
Now, my problem is I cannot decide what is the best cycling method to use for this size tank? My betta is currently in a small 5L tank, but I've been doing two 100% water changes, and two 50% water changes per week so I don't think the tank has had a chance to cycle.
I'm interested in a 'silent' cycle using the plants and bottled bacteria, would this work? How soon before I could put my fish in the tank? Some people have suggested that I can put him in the tank right away as bettas can withstand the cycling period, but at the same time I don't want to weaken his immunity in any way... The whole process seems daunting and after all my reading I still have no clue what method to use, help?!