07-31-2008, 12:53 PM
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Well, my 15 gallon tank finally cycled. My problem...going on vacation. I was planning on putting a small school of about six small community fish as tank mates for my betta. I was going to add them first, wait a week to make sure none are sick, and then add my betta. Now, if I do that, I will only have about one day to watch them and make sure they get along before I leave. Do you think that even if they get along at first, there would be any aggressions later on? Is a week long enough to quarantine them? So then I thought I would just put my betta in there, keep the 5.5 gallon running, and use that as a quarantine tank when I get back. Correct me if I am wrong, but I think that most of the extra bacteria would have died off by that time, possibly causing a mini cycle when I add the new fish. I thought maybe I could do it the other way around and get the new fish before vacation, put them in the 15 gallon, keep my betta in the 5.5 gallon, and introduce them later. But, if they don't get along I don't think that I can return them after 2 weeks. What do you think? Thank you.