I recently started up my 35 gallon freshwater aquarium. It was started on October 11th, and has just recently finished cycling.
Here it was as of Day 4:
I started cycling the tank with 6 Danios (3 zebra and 3 Blue). Every day for the first month I tested PH, Ammonia, Nitrite, KH and GH. I then aquried kits to test for Nitrate and Phosphates by day 6, then continued to test for all of these untill the beginning of November.
I was a little too eager while adding my frist few fish, which lead to the death of my Dwarf Gouramie. I added the gourami and a blackfin cory only 7 days after I added the 6 danios, thinking that I had seen the tank cycle (ammonia and nitrate levels rose then fell to 0.0) by the 15th. Then nitrite levels continually rose over the next month. So my gourami succumbed to Nitrite poisoning, after a spike from 0.3 to 0.8 over night. In the mean time I added a Bamboo shrimp and a beautiful Bristlenose Pleco to help me deal with some algea growth.
The tank has fully cycled (now), and is home to a fair variety of fish. Including all my 6 original danios, my blackfin cory, a bamboo shrimp, a bristlenose plecostomous, 4 tiger barbs and one Bolivian Ram.
Here is the most recent picture of the tank, taken on November 13th.
Everyone is doing well, and eating like crazy. The only one I have a bit of concern over is my Bolivian Ram, which seems to be a little shy, being scared away by the very quick tiger barbs and danios. He has managed to get to some food today, and considering it's been only 24 hours since he's been introduced, I'm glad he's eating! Altho, he does seem to be spending most of his time trying to swim against the glass. If anyone can comment on what this behaviour means I'd greatly appreciate it!
As far as the aquarium setup goes here it is:
Aquarium: Hagen 35gal with black silicone edges
Filtration: Marineland Penguin 330 Bio-Wheel Filter
Heating: Jager 155w Aquarium Heater
Lighting: Marina 30" Compact Flourecent
Test Results (as of November 23rd):
PH: 7.8 (slowly being lowered by introducing RO water with changes)
Nitrite: 0.1 (showed slight pink hue, would consider below 0.1)
General Hardness: 100 (or slightly hard)
Carbonate Hardness: 95mg/l
Phosphate Level: 0.25
Any comments or suggestions I'd greatly appreciate!
Thanks for looking!