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I'm thinking of getting a nano tank set up in my cubicle. I'm just getting back into the hobby of owning bettas so I'm a bit rusty and I need help and advice on how to get this started.

We currently have one betta in a 2.5 gal at home for my 3 yr old and I've been doing weekly 50% water changes. Is that adequate or should I bump it up to do a full 100% weekly water change? It has a filter, but I doubt it's cycled, since we barely got this two weeks ago. There aren't any live plants in that one.

Going back to the tank for work, I was looking into the Fluval spec 2. If I go that route, is it best to get it cycled with only plants first before I add a betta? I don't even remember how to get a tank cycled. I feel like such a newbie again. I have more questions, but I'll start with these first.

Any advice or help is appreciated. Thanks!
 

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Once a week 50% changes is fine. Depends how often you feed it but 50 is good. Never 100%. Just add the new water in slowly and make sure it is the same temperature, or a little bit colder is better than warmer.


There are all kinds of ways to get a tank cycled. I cycle mine by just letting it run without fish for a month. It takes a bunch of patience but this whole hobby is all about that. Put the plants in anytime. I'm sure others will share alternative methods to cycling.


My advice: Do all the hw and research as you can before pulling any triggers. Also don't go buy cheap/temporary stuff. You'll end up upgrading it anyway and spend more money like I have haha.
 
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