08-03-2009, 10:48 PM
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Starting a tetra/betta tank..
I am getting ready to start an new tank with a betta and about 3 black neon tetras. It will contain live java fern, plastic plants, and decorations to offer hiding places.
I already own the betta. His small tank has been cycling for a few weeks and should be done soon. When the cycling is complete, I want to prepare the new tank. The reason for this is because I would like to place the black neons in the new tank before the betta so that they can get used to it and the betta won't feel like intruders have come into his territory because it will all be new to him. However, the new tank needs to be cycled and black neons, like true neons, don't stand up to cycling well. So I want to try to do this as safely as possible for the black neons.
I have thought about purchasing Freshwater Biozyme from Petco to add bacteria to the tank. I also think that I could add the water, java fern, and a few rocks from the old already cycled tank to aid in cycling. I could use the old tank's filter media as well. Doing all this, with some time and patience, could I safely cycle the tank and add the black neons?
Thoughts/Ideas/Suggestions are welcomed.