10-05-2009, 01:34 PM
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... and make sure you don't get any more fish until you're fully cycled!!
In case you don't kow how to tell that, when you have a test kit (ASAP), you should test daily. You'll see ammonia go up. As the bacteria build, they start to convert the ammonia to nitrites, the ammonia will start to drop and the nitrites will go up. When the nitrite eating bacteria start to build, the nitrite goes down and nitrate goes up.
Ammonia and Nitrite are highly toxic. If either starts to go too high(above .25ppm), do a water change right away. When both have gone up and fall back to 0, you're cycled. I'm betting someone will see this and get you a link to a proper description of cycling, but this one won't hurt you until then!
Cichlids are also sensitive to nitrates, but it's not nearly as bad as ammonia or nitrate. Someone on the cichlid forum will be able to tell you how low you need to keep that. Nitrate is controlled just by changing the water.