So I went to my local fish store after getting my filter running right and letting the tank settle for a few days (30 gallon) and the man there (who seemed knowledgeable) told me that I should be getting 6 new fish a week...even if the tank is cycling. My first time going I got 3 serpae tetra and 3 zebra danio.
Now tomorrow will be my second week and I was looking forward to getting more fish yet I am hesitant. I don't want my fish to die.
I have been keeping on top of my readings and the amonia has been staying at about .5-1 without my doing any water changes. Nitrites read in at 0.
My tap water (we have a well) is really hard and clocks in at about 8.2 without any conditioner. So the guy at our local fish store recommended Wardley 3 in 1 water conditioner, which I bought and used in the tank. I was wondering if this ammonia level is normal? The bottle says that it neutralizes ammonia, would this have any affect on the reading or does that mean that it neutralizes the harm that high ammonia levels would have on a fish?
Also...I have an odd white residue in the tank, mainly where the filter is blowing out the filtered water, all around it is white and part of the side of the glass wall on the tank is white. Is this as a result of the conditioner? Or is it because this is a new tank?
Thanks so much. I'm new to this.