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Adding fish during a planted cycle?

Discussion in 'New to the Hobby Questions and Answers' started by SweetTart, Sep 15, 2018.

  1. SweetTart

    SweetTart New Member

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    I'm currently re-cycling my tank after a worm population boom. I already have my eye on a particular betta, but the issue is it's only up for bid until Friday. Assuming I got him, my tank will only have been cycling for at least a week (at most two depending on when he's shipped).

    Would it be possible to add a betta halfway through a cycle, or would it be too risky?
     
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    If you have ammonia or nitrite in the water and you add a fish, you will probably kill the fish.

    If you have ammonia or nitrite in the water and want to add a fish, replace all the water so there is no ammonia or nitrite and then add the fish. Make sure the new water is free of chlorine/ chloramine before it is added to the tank.
    Keep the feeding down to once every second day and do a 75% water change each day. Monitor the ammonia, nitrite & nitrate levels, and when the ammonia & nitrite stay on 0 and the nitrates start to go up, the tank is cycled and you can feed more often.
     
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    Another thing...you mention plants, so if the plants are growing, they should easily deal with ammonia from one Betta.
     
  4. SweetTart

    SweetTart New Member

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    @Colin_T and @Byron
    Thank you for the help! Luckily they weren't bought so they're up again for another month. I should have enough of time to complete my cycle given no one buys them first.
     

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