Hey guys, I just started a new tank it's a 6 gallon tall hex. I want to eventually put 2 puffer fish and one oto in it. I have had it set up for two days and had the filter running and the air bubbles.
Their is 4 or 5 fake plants in there, a air hose attatched to a bubble circle type thing that you put under the substrate. Filter, light. and a huge fake rock/cave type thing. I am using white play sand, and i rinsed it out in a bucket for several minutes until it ran clean. Here is a few questions.
1) I bought an API freshwater master test kit. I tested it today and the Ammonia was between .25, and .50. PH was roughly 7.6. nitrite 0.... Should I do a 15-20% water change tomorrow? Also How often should I test the water?
2) the tank is still cloudy-ish like sand cloudy ish. Is this normal? even if i rinsed it. Should I disconnect the bubble circle since it lies under the sand?
3) I bought 3 zebra danios to help cycle the fish. and just so i didnt have an empty tank for a few weeks while it cycles. Is this ok?
Other things, I used water conditioner and a stress zyme free pack my LFS gave me for free (they gave me two, he said use one this week and one in about 7 days). My tank holds about 80 degrees when the light is on and when i turn it off at night it drops down to about 76. Is this ok temperature for dwarf puffers?
Also, I got some snails for free for my future DP but I think I might move them into a 10 gallon I have empty that my girlfriend is going to take in a few weeks. Can I just put the fish in the tank with water to fend for themselves or will they all die? (I don't want 10000 snails in my tank by the time I get my DP)