I have a 10 gallon tank that has been set up for a week. I have 1 male betta and 3 cory cats in it. I used API Quick Start and a handful of gravel from the betta's 3 gallon tank when setting up the 10 gal
. I have been testing the water with the API Freshwater Master Test Kit. The ammonia is .25 ppm
, the nitrite is 0 ppm
and the nitrate is 5.0 ppm
. Since I used the Quick Start and some old gravel will it still take 5 more weeks to cycle completely or will I be able to add a small fish or two sooner?
Also, during the cycling process, do I go through the gravel when doing a water change? I don't have an undergravel filter, just one that hangs on the back of the tank with a bio-wheel.