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post #1 of 22 Old 01-19-2014, 12:07 PM Thread Starter
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Hello everyone im new to here so I apologize if this is the wrong section im posting this thread. So I have started a 10 gallon fresh water aquarium everything was good so far I used 2 platy fish to start the cycle in my the tank. I was told by petco that it takes 2 weeks for the tank to fully cycle and I could start adding new fish, I did research on this and in most cases it says 5-6 weeks when it fully cycles. Anyway my tank is going into 4 weeks a couple days back I did an ammonia test stripe test and the lvl was harmful 3.0, so I did more research about doing a daily 25% water changes to bring it down which I did and today I tested it twice and the ammonia lvl was at 0. So do I have to worry about my tank not cycling or fish dying, I have 15 fish in the tank.
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post #2 of 22 Old 01-19-2014, 12:46 PM
15 fish in a newly set up 10 gallon? That can be a problem as it may be overstocked. What is your stock comprised of?
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post #3 of 22 Old 01-19-2014, 12:48 PM
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you've made it 4 weeks out of a 5-6 week period to complete the cycleing process of a new tank

15 fish in a 10 gallon tank
you've made it this far

i would like to say your good to go
i'd suggest plants, ... but while it won't help with your ammonia (if your ph is high) it will help with nitrates (waiting for you at the end of the nitrogen cycle)

in your shoes i'd stick with what your doing, things seem fine enough and the extra worry about elevated ammonia you seem to be ontop of with water changes

i'm no expert (one tank i've had for about a year & half) but in my limited experience i'd say "good for you, you seem to be doing really well :)
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I wanted to do live plants in the tank but I did some research on them first and it was on a totally different level of learning and by then I already set up my tank but if its ok to still do plants what would be good for beginners and where do you get the live plants from because petco doesn't really have a wide variety.
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post #6 of 22 Old 01-19-2014, 03:19 PM
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where to get, ... not sure

personally i try to stay away from stem plants. yet my tank is full of them

for most tanks though, ... and a tank that size, ... my usual go-to for recommending plants is anubias & java fern.

they're hardy and most fish won't touch them (i mean won't eat them), doing well in low-light. over time may grow dense, but don't require pruning unless you just want to thin things out.
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post #7 of 22 Old 01-19-2014, 06:34 PM Thread Starter
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Alright thank you ill do some research on it to find out =]
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I wanted to do live plants in the tank but I did some research on them first and it was on a totally different level of learning and by then I already set up my tank but if its ok to still do plants what would be good for beginners and where do you get the live plants from because petco doesn't really have a wide variety.
Add the plants. It will get ammonia down to 0.

I like anacharis and vals.

also stop doint water changes and stop adding any chemicals.

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maintain Fw and marine system with a strong emphasis on balanced, stabilized system that as much as possible are self substaning.

have maintained FW systems for up to 9 years with descendants from original fish and marine aquariums for up to 8 years.

With no water changes, untreated tap water, inexpensive lighting by first starting the tank with live plants (FW) or macro algae( marine)

see: http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/a...-build-295530/
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post #9 of 22 Old 01-20-2014, 11:45 AM
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imo in an overstocked tank that had ammonia at 3.0 a few days ago,i would not stop water changes.any time you test and see ammo above .25, do a water change. i would feed lightly until the tank is cycled. even with the addition of plants,you will still need to watch levels.the tank would have to be heavily planted with fast growing plants to not do water changes.. anubias and java fern are not going to cut it. hygro,wisteria,water sprite, anacharis would be better choices.have you tested for nitrites or nitrates?do not change the cartridges or media in your filter. if your cartridge seems clogged,give it a light rinse in used/conditioned tank water.do not go overboard cleaning your tank.you do not want to stall your cycle.
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With that many fish in a 10 gallon, I would do water change twice a week, even after its fully cycled and stable. That's just my opinion, other approaches might work as well or better.
I agree that plants will help your tank and I would reccommend anacharis, hornwort, and of course anubias.
Ammonia is very poisonous to fish so if your reading high levels, it is essential to correct the situation quickly. Plants will help longterm, but for right now, fresh water is your best medicine. If it was my tank I would change 2-3gallons ... 2-3 times per week.
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