Hi everyone.. This is my first post and I am new to this hobby.
We setup a 29G aquarium 3 1/2 weeks back with 3 platies in it. I've been checking the water for ammonia, nitrites and nitrates. The ammonia always stayed at .25ppm, no nitrites(no spikes in ammonia or nitrites) and now,nitrates at 10ppm .
I've done 2 PWC (30%) in the first 2 weeks. Then 2 days back, my DH and DD got tired of waiting for the cycle to finish (they don't think it is a big deal !!!! ) and decided to get 6 corycats. So now I have 3 platies and 6 corycats in the tank which is not fully cycled yet, I think.
The ammonia still reads at .25 ppm and I am doing PWC (20%) everyday for the last 2 days.Will the water show nitrates even if the tank is not fully cycled yet?
I am not sure if 20 % PWC would be enough for the fishes to be healthy and get through the cycling period. Also, could adding so many fishes have slowed down the cycling ?
I know it is a long query, but I just want to be sure that the fishes are safe and not under any stress.