06-08-2010, 08:14 PM
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Originally Posted by mike o
Hi my tank is a 29 gallon. I just am probably gonna put some tetras, maybe some neons, maybe a dwarf gourami and some cory's prob, and some shrimp. My ammonia is at about three ppm no other readings. I would like to add plants. Im doing some readning on them currently.
Willow what exactly are prawns? I have never heard of them. Thanks for the help guys! If I do want to add fish and cycle with them in, will have to drain my tank to get rid of the ammonia?
If you intend a planted tank, the easiest and faster "cycling" is with the plants and fish. Plant the tank with the plants you want, and once it has a reasonable number, add a few of the fish you want. Small and fairly hardy fish are safest; I say this because while this method does not stress the fish like plant-less cycling does, there are some fish that are sensitive to fluctuating water conditons with respect to pH, hardness and the nitrogen cycle and they should only be added to established tanks. Corys I would not use at first, neons would work. Once planted, add the group of neons and the cycling will take care of itself the first day. Then add the other fish slowly. Provided you have enough plants, not just one or tow but planted, this works fine.
With respect to the "ammonia" you've been adding, yes, I would do a major water change to clear that out, fill the tank, use conditioner, plant it; then add the first few fish.
I have always set up new tanks this way; lots of plants, fish the first day--never ammonia or nitrite above zero.