Thanks :) the acrylic and glass thing actually surprises me... When there is a fish in it I will still do two water changes a week because of its size, but right now I'm mostly concerned about cycling the filter for my ten gallon which is in the four gallon currently... I didn't cycle it in the ten gallon because I am floating three one gallon tanks in my ten gallon to QT and keep them heated. Argh.
I just was not sure if it was supposed to take so long to do SOMETHING. Do the cycles usually stay at 4ppm ammonia for awhile and then start Rapidly growing nitrites or is it usually gradual?
Well.. I've never tried to cycle something so small so I can't comment personally. I know cycling can take up to 2 months to complete and that it stands to reason smaller tanks will take longer so maybe it's just going to take more time.
OFL also thinks that twice weekly 50% changes are always going to be needed in something below 5g so that may also be part of it.
What's the temperature and ph of the tank?
I haven't done any tests to compare acrylic and glass, but from a straight scientific stand point, acrylic has better thermal properties than glass. It should hold heat better.
Do you think my four gallon might be too small to cycle? It hasn't done anything for a month. I have 10 nitrates and had .25 nitrites for awhile but the ammonia hasn't really gone anywhere. I have never added unconditioned water and I put extra sponges in the two filters that are cycling in it right now. I added decor for more surface area, increased the temp, added ammonia so its at 4ppm... Is it normal for it to take so long? I added some of the filter media today to seed it from my VTs tank (I didn't do this when I set it up because he had had internal parasites). I was just wondering if its normal? Does it take awhile to "take off" you think? Sorry I am so full of questions.
Alright... I'll probably do an extra 50% the next few weeks to manually remove any toxins just in case the new cartridge doesn't take care of them. I usually do test a couple times a week on both of my males tanks. His tank has been at 0 ammonia and nitrites, but the other ones are not cycled so I usually just test his along with the other two. Plus, I have a fishless cycle running in a tank so I test daily on that one.
Well I have removed the decoration, and both cartridges didn't fit so I cut off the outside of the old cartridge and stuffed it in there behind the new one, and got rid of the black stuff on the inside (I rinsed it in treated water). I'll do another water change after I get back from the cat shelter. He's looking better quickly, though. This is a good sign :)
He's got to be at least two years old. I got him in december 2011 from Walmart full grown, and two be honest, he's not always been in the best conditions. I joined here a little less than two months ago, and before that he was in an unheated one gallon with not near enough water changes and cruddy food. He was even eating FD bloodworms for awhile as a staple because the dog ate his pellets (TetraBetta) and walmart was out.
Because of this, idk how long he will live, but he's definitely a trooper. At least he's in adequate conditions now. He now has NLS pellets, and a heated, filtered 5 gallon tank with regular water changes, and he does seem much happier.