02-09-2014, 07:38 AM
| || |
Originally Posted by Kevin Beard
Greetings, I just set up a 29 Gallon. I left it run for 24hrs with the filter and heater on. I added Special Blend bacteria starter. My question is, how long should I wait till I begin to add some plants and a few starter fish? Also, what starter fish would you suggest?
I've never used that brand, nor have I ever heard of it, but tanks need an ammonia source in order to cycle, whether it be fish or pure ammonia. If it has been in more than 4 hours without fish, your bacteria has likely died off and I suggest you plant what you want, go get your fish, and get a large bottle of Tetra SafeStart if you want to go that route. You need to dump the entire bottle in the tank, rinse it out with tank water, and dump it again a few more times.
If you want to go the more preferred route for hobbyists, plant the tank and start dosing 4ppm of ammonia every time it drops. You can cycle the tank without fish this way and it is much easier on the stock when you do add them, to come into a cycled tank. It's a long process but worth it in the long run.