03-14-2008, 11:25 AM
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"the reading that you are getting from your test kit are telling
you that your tank is not ready for fish"
Are you sure you meant to say that? He's reading 0-0-0. Water changes are pointless at this point. Water changes should be done to cleanse out the water when you get ammonia or nitrite spikes. If you don't have high levels of ammonia or nitrite, then what are you removing with the water change? You're just stressing the fish.
Gouramis are labyrinth fish, meaning they can take a gulp of air from the surface into their labyrinth organ and use the oxygen from it, effectively breathing air like people do. It's normal for them to grab a gulp of air at the surface from time to time. I've had a pair of Pearl Gouramis for 5 months, they are happy and healthy, and they gulp air all the time.
Do not add chemicals to your tank to change your water parameters or assist in the cycle. It will probably just stress your fish more or kill them. Start doing 30% daily water changes when your ammonia test reads more that 0 ammonia. Continue until ammonia is 0 before your daily water change. Then do the same with Nitrite. Once Ammonia and Nitrite are both 0 again, and you have detectable amounts of nitrate, your cycle is finished and you can relax.