06-14-2008, 06:33 PM
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Cycling Newbie - Advice?
I have never cycled a tank before (my fish must have been very lucky!), and I am starting a 45 gallon tank and want to do it right. Right now I have the tank, filled with water + dechlor + a tiiiny bit of aquarium salt, being moved by a little (made for a 25 gallon) ViaAqua filter that was moved from another tank, but does not have a filter sponge (I might be able to find it, but it would be dried out. I intend to buy another filter). I know there are tests I have to do (and I know not to use the strips), but I have no idea what to do first, what to look for, should I add a couple danios right off the bat? or wait? So any advice would be great!
When all is filtered and done, I want to add -
6 Kuhlii Loach
1 Spotted Rafael Catfish
1 Pictus Catfish
2 Pearl Gourami
5 Barbs (of a lesser nippy type - suggestions?)
1 Snail (of a species that won't eat all of my plants)