Okay so I recently bought a 20 gallon high aquarium. I got it Sunday and managed to finally make it visible because my black was awfully dirty and I was told to not clean it... Big mistake.. After like 20 water changes it cleared up ALOT, it's now in the beginning of the cycle after a few days. I read a lot of things online to help cycle. I raised my the temp,I have a bunch of floating hornwort, a small container full of sand and gravel from other tanks, and I put my other filter media from my ten gallon in my tank for about a day... And it made a big mess so I took it out... I was reading to do all these things online to help cycle.. Is there anything else I should do to help cycle quickly? I did an ammonia test today and I have about .25 ppm so it's not ready yet.
I was wondering I plants are okay to be planted during this stage? I have soe rotala rotunifolia, baby tears and dwarf hair grass waiting to go in it, is it to toxic and a bad idea to put in?
Also I bought a 2 bulb 24 inch coralife light fixture, that came with two bulbs, both 6700 k 65watt... Does anyone know what light rating these would be? High? Low?
I also tested my ph and it came out around 7.6.. Is this to high? I was wanting tetras would these paremeters be bad? Should I get some buffer?
I'm not sure what I actually want to stock in this tank yet... I would kinda want like some bottom dwellers like cories, some nice school of something little and I like thick schools and where they stick really close together.. Any idea for some good species? And also perhaps some kinda centrepiece fish like a keyhole cichlid, ram or angelfish maybe... Any help on stocking?
Thanks for all help bubbles