09-11-2010, 02:06 PM
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Newbie with 29 gallon tank needs advice!
Hello all! I'm just starting out and have lots of questions. I've had a 5 gallon tank for over a year now and realize I was doing everything wrong with it. I've been doing a lot of research and am hoping to have better luck with my new 29 gallon tank. I bought a test kit and got my 5 gallon under control then used media from it to start off my new tank. I've had the 29 gallon up and running for a week now and it seems to be doing pretty good. I have 6 zebra danios in it and they are all over the place and seem to be doing quite well. I've had the fish for 5 days now and my ammonia level is 0.25ppm, nitrite 0, nitrate 5ppm, and pH 7.6. Does that sound normal? The pH of my 5 gallon is only 7.2 which makes me think that the rock i put in the new tank is causing my pH to be higher. I removed the rock and tried the vinegar trick I read about on here, but it didn't bubble. What does that mean? Should I even be concerned about a pH of 7.6? I'm planning on adding 3 platies, 5 lemon tetras, 1 red eye tetra(in 5 gallon now), and 4 cory cats(1 in 5 gallon now). I also have about 7 or 8 extremely small snails that I have no idea where they came from??? I would like to add freshwater plants as well, but am not sure when I should do this. The guy at my fish store told me I needed to wait for plants. When is a good time? When is a good time to add the 2 fish that are in my 5 gallon? I'm trying to do everything right with this tank, but I feel like I'm at a standstill. Where do I go from here? Thanks in advance for any help!