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This is a discussion on Cycling Issues within the Beginner Freshwater Aquarium forums, part of the Freshwater Fish and Aquariums category; --> Originally Posted by Tadi (Mainly) good news, I checked the water a little while ago and ammonia was at 0ppm, nitrites 0ppm, nitrates between ...

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Old 02-24-2012, 06:46 AM   #11
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Originally Posted by Tadi View Post
(Mainly) good news, I checked the water a little while ago and ammonia was at 0ppm, nitrites 0ppm, nitrates between 5-10ppm, and unfortunately, pH was at 6.5 (I added a half dose of pH up to start with). I will recheck these values tomorrow to see how they are doing and to ensure that it wasnt just a fluke :).

Could you clarify this? Are you saying that I can add fish if I don't add plants once those params are in place, but if I do add plants it is alright nearly immediately? Sorry, I'm just a little lost.

I do like the idea of pennywort, thanks for the suggestion.
You got it right.
With live plant's you could add a few fish within reason straight away, according to volume of water and amount of plant mass.
Otherwise,,you must wait for parameter's such as they read now according to latest info assuming these parameter's remain as they now are for three to four consecutive day's.
Alway's best to add a couple fish,,then wait a week for biological filter to adjust to increase in number's of fish, and metabolic input from same.
This applies to planted or unplanted tank's in my opinion, but opinion's vary.
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