[quote=paxt0n;300495]I'm still alive! (and so are my fish).
I waited for Nitrites and Ammonia to test at zero for a week, then I added an Oto and two dwarf frogs.
Now I am getting Ammonia readings around .25 (was higher, but did water change), Nitrite at 0 and Nitrate around 30.
Should I just continue with the usual "treatment" for ammonia levels?
Also, what is an acceptable Nitrate level?
I am still using Prime during water changes. I also bought a couple of Waterlily Bulbs and stuck them in the substrate. They are "guaranteed" to grow within 30 days.
I'm pretty sure I'm going to leave my tank stocked as it is, and not add any other fish. I'm already thinking about upgrading to a bigger tank (which I will cycle before I add any fish!)
I should also note that I brought home a couple of snails and now have a dozen or so, as expected. They are doing a VERY good job of cleaning up the brown algae, which is now about 50% gone. Do snails cause any problems with water quality? I know once I have a tankful, I'll need to get rid of some of them...
Thanks again for all of your help![/quote
Treatment for ammonia levels is water change with conditioner(prime). Sounds as though the bacteria which develops in porportion to bioload(fish),, is trying to catch up with recent addition of fish or frog.
Nitrates of 30ppm aren't anything to be concerned about but 20ppm would be better. Feeding fish smaller amounts or every other day will also help with ammonia and nitrates.
There is little room for error in five and ten gallon tanks with respect to overfeeding or over stocking both of which are easy to do. Were it me,,my next tank would be the largest tank I could afford. Trust me, you will kick yourself for not trying to get the larger tank. The larger the tank,, the more stable the enviornment due to the dilution capabilities of the larger volume of water. also provides more room for fish!