08-27-2007, 10:38 PM
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new 150 gal freshwater
hi everyone, i am VERY new at having a tank, nothing bigger than a 10 gallon with some goldfish(that died). i recieved a 150 gal tank in return for a large roofing project. making it work and look good is a project my daughter and i have jumped into. it came with under gravel filters, air pumps, little current making jets (one of them oscilates), a magnum 350 filter, two bio wheels and heaters.We have everything hooked up and water runs through the filter and everything. we have had the pumps running and water filtering through the substrate for 3 weeks, plants(live) and bogwood for a week now and we put gold fish in it for cycling.
my questions, kind forum, are, how long should we cycle for before we can put some less hardy fish in? is there another fish we should cycle with? and is it possible to maintain a healthy tank without having to use to many chemicals? b.t.w. my water comes from a well with no chemicals and a p.h. of 7 is this good water? those are my questions so far. at least i managed to make the magnum stop leaking.