Being that I have introduced myself in the "meet the community" forum, I would like to start with intial start up questions. I will be as specific as possible with my information, but, being new to this, I beg for your patience with my limited knowledge. I appreciate any future comments.
First, my ten year old daughter and I are starting a ten gallon freshwater tropical aquarium. We are both enthusiastic, and are "giddy" with the idea of sharing this hobby.
Approximately six days ago, we cleaned an old gold fish tank I had when I was a child "ten gallon". We added clean substrate, and artificial foliage.
Then I added water, as well as dechlorinating agent.
Attatched an aqua clear mini filter/pump assembly, with new foam insert only. I have researched the cycle, and want to establish benificial bacteria. I also have the carbon, and ammonia inserts, but have not installed them yet.
I then added stress zyme as we choose to cycle the tank fishless
. My water temp has stabilized at approximately 79F.
3 days later, a workmate of mine brought me some substrate from his "established" community. With many exuberant "thank you's" I gladly accepted, and added some of this substrate to the tank.
I purchased a master API testing kit. And have encouraged my daughter to assist me with the testing. She is finding the basic chemistry experiments to be intriguing. I just hope she continues this new found interest in science
. Back on topic.............
Our results 6 days into this project:
nitrite 0 ppm
nitrate 5.0 ppm.
note, the water is crystal clear.
I have explained to her that we have to wait for the ammonia to peak, and drop. As well as the nitrites. Please base this explanation on my interpretation of the "cycle". Comments here would be helpful.....
I would like to know when to add the other filter inserts if possible.
And when it would be appropriate to add the first fish.
We want to start with 2 male fancy tail guppies.
After the initial two fish, we plan on adding more male fancy tail guppies, one at the time at two week intervals. until we have five. Monitoring the water quality of course to help insure success.
is five an appropriate number? We choose all males to avoid the fry issue.
suggestions of other types of fish as an alternative are welcome as well.
I will be adding the second dose of stress zyme tomorrow.
I apologize for the huge wall of text, but my enthusiasm is only shadowed by my will to succeed in this new venture.
My daughter and I thank you in advance, all constructive comments, and criticisms are welcome. I look forward to your responses.