09-13-2009, 04:45 PM
| || |
you are right in your assumption about going through a cycle....any new tank you that gets set-up needs an ammonia source to build up the nitrites which help to convert the ammonia in the tank (fish waste, dead fish, excess food) into a less harmful version of it. Your fish will act as an ammonia source while your tank cycles. Like you said, guppies may not be the best fish to start with. Zebra Danios are most recommended, they are quite hardy fish.
The other and most important thing you will to do while your are cycling your new tank are water changes. You will need to test your water just about everyday, do a partial water change accordingly, about 20%, almost everyday in order to keep your ammonia levels under control while you are cycling.
Do you have test kit you can get us some samples off of? API makes a great kit...."API Master Liquid Test Kit", if you could get us a reading of your parameters, it would be very helpful. I hope this post helps you out a little bit.
Cycle is a very annoying, but very rewarding process. If completed successfully, it will cut down on your fish loss tremendously over the life of your tank. Be patient and tidious with your water checks and changes
And most importantly.....Welcome to the Fish Forum!!!