08-02-2013, 11:18 AM
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Originally Posted by jpbotha
I agree that for beginners to rather go through the normal cycling process otherwise you will never understand it.
Planted tanks takes more knowledge and money, but you cant argue that nothing really compares to a fully high tech planted tank with fish.
The reason I started mentioning planted tanks is most properbly because I have added another aquarium to my collection and started a fully planted tank. Just puts another perspective on an aquarium.
Funny, I setup my little cycle experiment so I could see exactly how a plantless tank might cycle. I found the plants to be so easy... when it comes right down to it both are simple, just different. I am now considering a tank with rocks and hardscape rather than plants as a result of seeing how this works... also to add another perspective for me.
With fish in you should change the water every day or two while using a conditioner like Prime that renders the ammonia and nitrites non-toxic to the fish if there are any measurable levels of either. What the actual level is of less concern but preferably under 1ppm is best. With only a few fish and regular changes it will not likely get any higher anyway.
Don't mess with the pH, it's better to be stable than bang on... within the range needed for the fish is still more ideal but there are ways to adjust it naturally rather than with adjustment chemicals. See where it settles once the tank is established and then you can research what might be best at that point. There are lots here that have good ideas for that.