Oh man, I'm so frustrated. The tanks were still doing weird things and I have to admit, that I didn't do the testing often enough and now we are going on vacation. Although it's my fault, I still need to whine a bit for 2 months of cycling for nothing
I can't believe that the tanks were almost there, but time was running out I thought, even if they were ready right before we left, the water would still have to be tested frequently for a while to see, what happens, when the fish are in the tank instead of adding ammonia. Right?
So the girls have to stay in their bowls (about 1.5 gal each) until we are back. And then I will start the whole process all over again.
Now, fortunately I have somebody who will feed the fish twice a week and who will do about 50% water changes twice a week as well. How many pellets should he feed them to keep the ammonia as low as possible but also not to starve them? Usually I feed 2 pellets in the morning, two in the evening with about 2 fasten days per week. Would 4 pellets at each feeding be ok or will that make them too full, because they will eat them all at once? We will be gone for 3 weeks.
BTW, the tanks are still running (I just couldn't turn them off) and I still add ammonia, when I think about it. Should I keep them running until we are back and ask the fish sitter to add ammonia, when he is feeding the fish? Or do I have to start all over anyways?