Originally Posted by Nemo the Clownfish
Thanks for putting a flame - you know. You are right, as you usually are. But it's hard to do things. I'm fully prepared to change water tonight - wanted to get some feedback. I'll make a call now to Debby's Pet Land and see if they have the plants - I know Petco doesn't have them. I'm also prepared to buy a bacteria-in-a-bottle, even though I know some don't work.
I was a little reticent about doing a water change because someone wrote not to, but I have got more information, like the nitrite at peak should be around 2.5 ppm not 5 ppm.
Anyways I really appreciate everyone's help and advice and I'll try to take some action - I will do what I said today and try and get those plants from Debby's
I appreciate its not easy to get the stuff you need if you don't have a great fish retailer nearby, that stock a beautiful array of CO2 fed lush green plants, and all the fish paraphernalia one might require... Dealing with these big chain pet stores must be tiresome.
Real plants are not for everyone, its not essential you put them in your tank. Its merely a suggestion, and it WILL help things if that is the ways you wanted to go in the future anyway.. but if you can't buy good plants nearby you might as well not bother, unless your gonna buy online. Many people have tanks with fake plants and that is up to them.. decision is yours at the end of the day. Real plants do require a degree of looking after, and possible feeding if need be. but thats another matter all together.
as for bacteria in a bottle, I used API quick start when I started my tank. I can't categorically say it helped me, one of my very first posts was about this subject as I seemed to have cycled my tank in about 2-3 weeks. And I was asking people if it was possible etc. but I also had 10 live plants in from halfway through week 1. Some say the bacteria could have helped, others swear its the live plants. I also added 7 glow light tetra to feed the bacteria with ammonia. So had fish in from end of week 1. I still have all 7 of those tetra, and they have doubled in size and are all healthy. (as far as I can tell)
I think Abbeysdad mentioned a few brands, I think maybe Seachem stability is one?? if you look back at his posts you'll see. He is an advocate of these bacteria in a bottle and I am inclined to agree with him, although some products are better than others. So theres 2 brands you could try.
My point earlier was just get on and do something about it, rather than waiting for other peoples opinions. As you have noticed already you will get a myriad of opinions and information on here, most times only confusing the matter as people battle out their points of view. At the end of the day, your not going to do anyone any harm by doing something wrong. There is no fish in there, so you got nothing to loose. and its seems as though the process has stalled anyway, so loosing a few weeks and taking a different approach to the cycle may not be such a bad thing......