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Betta Thriving In An Uncycled Tank - What Gives?

Betta Thriving In An Uncycled Tank - What Gives?

Postby Andre » Mon Oct 16, 2017 11:11 am

He's been in the tank [2.5 gal] for one month as of today, and I've been told by countless people that they can't live healthily/happily in uncycled tanks, and that 2.5 is the bare minimum. But he's still perfectly happy and healthy: he builds bubble nests all the time, he's very active and interactive, he follows my finger around the tank, eats very well, his fins are beautiful, not clamped/torn/discolored at all, and his color overall is extremely vibrant. The tank has a Tetra Whisper 3i filter, a properly sized heater, and I do a 20% water change twice a week.

I've been told that a 2.5 gallon is too small to cycle and that the betta will die, but...he's clearly very healthy. What's the deal? Has the tank cycled itself or something? If not, how long will he stay healthy?
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Betta Thriving In An Uncycled Tank - What Gives?

Postby Corky » Mon Oct 16, 2017 11:14 am

The only way to know if the tank has cycled is to test the water for ammonia, nitrite, and nitrate. If you have 0ppm of ammonia, 0ppm of nitrite, and a measurable amount of nitrate, then the tank maybe cycled.

Betta should live for 3 to 5 years. You may or may not have shortened its life. If it's only been a month, it is too early to know if you have harmed your fish.
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Betta Thriving In An Uncycled Tank - What Gives?

Postby Merv » Mon Oct 16, 2017 11:24 am

Betta lives for 3~5 years.

Only a month isn't the time to say it's not harmed.

If you added the betta before you cycled the tank, the chances is your betta is already harmed.
Ammonia burn can result in permanent damage which shortens the fish's life span.

The only way to find out is to check your water with a liquid test kit.
See if there is ammonia or nitrite.

2.5 gallon tank with a filter can be cycled.
The reason for recommending 5 gallon minimal is for more stable water.
If something goes wrong, more water will lessen the effect.
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Betta Thriving In An Uncycled Tank - What Gives?

Postby Cannan » Mon Oct 16, 2017 11:27 am

People survive in Kenya also for decades.
There are many reasons for this.
Each fish, just like each person, has a different immune system and some can survive in poor water quality better than other fish.
He's only been in there for a month.
Bettas can live up to 10 years.
Sometimes it takes fish awhile for their environment to take a toll on them.
Hamburgers cause health problems, but not after only one.
There's no definite time frame of how long he will live.
That's like trying to determine when or if a smoker will develop lung cancer.
Some will, some won't.
Some will get it in 5 years, others may live to be 90.
Life is not an exact science.

EDIT: Their lifespan is up to a decade, how is a month long enough to know? lol
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