Oh ok, can you help with step by step ways of doing this? sadly cleo did not make it either she got sick last nigth and I tried to help her as best I could but she didn't make it til morning...I really want to take a new apraoch to my fishes and try to prepare the fish tanks before they come even into the house so any help would be great on the matter.
The problem with a 2-gallon is that it's such a small amount of space that small changes can cause the cycle to crash...over-feeding, adding a new animal, a plant dying, changing too little or too much water, etc.
So instead of cycling it I would recommend changing the water every week or so. Take the betta out and keep it in a small container while cleaning the tank. Then just dump out the old water, wash the gravel, and fill it back up with fresh dechlorinated water of the same temperature.
Oh, and it's usually recommended that you unplug the heater and wait a few minutes before taking it out of the water.
You CAN cycle a tank, especially if you have live plants and a decent filter. But I think it might be easier for you to do 100% water changes if you just want a simple set-up with a single betta
It might sound strange but larger tanks are actually more stable and easier to maintain. So maybe in the future you could look into getting a bigger one. 10-gallons are often given away for cheap or free and they aren't much more then a 2-gallon, surprisingly.
Here is a thread I posted about cycling, by the way: http://www.paw-talk.net/forums/f77/c...ium-43789.html