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Cycling 2 years 6 months ago #63680

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I have set up my tank and this weekend I am planning to get a betta. I have 2 questions.

I am using a top fin 10 power filter, and I took out the carbon catridge. I watched a video and I replaced it with 1 inch of polyfiber and 1 inch of ceramic rings. Will this support a betta and a snail in a 10 gallon tank?

Also, I used api tap water conditioner when putting my water in. I plan to buy prime and do a fish in cycle. I currently will add the bottle of Dr tims nitrifying bacteria in my tank, then wait an hour or so to add my fish. I have a tester kit, so I will test for an ammonia spike. what do I if it spikes? And am I cycling right?

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Cycling 2 years 6 months ago #63681

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:welcome: you will get ammonia spikes, I suggest changing the water every other day, 90% or fin level, wich ever is greater until you start registering nitrate and 0 ammonia and 0 nitrite.
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Id probably just use a sponge filter.
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Cycling 2 years 6 months ago #63686

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Any suggestion for which sponge filter?
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Cycling 2 years 6 months ago #63696

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Hydro or Hikari. Get the type of sponge filter with a weighted base instead of the suction cup stick on the side.

I prefer the HIkari because of sponge density.

www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_disp...QlLZwLdABRoC1pHw_wcB

www.drsfostersmith.com/product/prod_display.cfm?pcatid=23702

Thanks for reminding me. I've been meaning to replace then large sponges in my sump. I'll go get those ordered from Amazon now.
www.amazon.com/Bacto-surge-Foam-Filter-Large/dp/B00GOFPX9I
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