01-19-2011, 01:49 PM
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Yes, if you are doing a fishin cycle (which you are), you need to be doing water changes. You can use tap water with de-chlorinater (make sure it removes chlorine). 10% is pretty small water change. I'd say a 20% WC is fine, maybe abit more. If the water is de-chlorinated, and the tempreture is about the same, you can add the water immeadiately. Some people use bottled, but I don't recommend going between bottled and tap, as the chemistry is probably very different between the two. I'd just use tap. You can take it out with a clean measureing cup, as long as it has no loose ink, marks, spots, rubs, etc. I don't recommend adding a platy now. The ones you have should take care of it. If you get a bacterial supplement, I recommend Stability (from Seachem labs), as I used this product for my first fishin cycle, and it worked wonders.
Sorry for the long text. Hope this helps!