New 40g and having some uncertainties.
So, my daughter and I started a ten gallons tank a while back. We used gravel, a heater, a filter, LED light, and all the trapping for a lowly little beta. Jump forward 6 months, 1and we were hungry for more!
So we uparaded to a 55 gallon. We've upgraded all the components, and used the old filter media and substrate to try and help jump start the cycle. I've got about 6 swords planted with root tabs, and 4 marimo algae balls as well.
The tank has been running for seven days, with one 20 percent water change completed about 4 days in. The ammonia spike is in full effect, was at 8 ppm today. Yes the beta is in there, I feel awful but he seems no worse than normal.
Anyhow, I guess I am just feeling impatient. My 5 year old wants to add fish so badly and so I am just trying to make sure I don't screw anything up and/or do whatever I can to facilitate this process. Should I do more water changes? Any advice is appreciated.