01-08-2011, 10:48 AM
| || | fishless vs fish in cycle?
Ok, hello again. If anyone saw my post below you saw that I've lost about 6 fish in 48 hours. I have only my pleco left and I've taken him out of my 10 gallon since I'm pretty sure there is some sort of disease in there. I'm going to start over but I'm not sure how. I don't want to lose my pleco but the "tank" I have him in now is not really ideal. I have the filter on it, and I can get some algae tablets for him I suppose but I wasn't sure if the fish-in cycle wouldn't be better/less stressful on him. I read that white clouds & zebra danios are good fish to cycle with. I have a liquid test kit also.
Help me please! I don't want to murder any more fish!! Should I hope my pleco is ok for the time it takes to cycle my 10 gallon or should I buy some starters and put them in to cycle together. I appreciate ANY advice.
Oh, and what is a healthy pH to aim for? My old tank pH (the killer tank) was 8.2; the one I put the pleco in yesterday was at 7.5.