12-10-2008, 08:36 PM
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I have been adding Amquel+ during water changes as per your recommendation. Thank you. I do try to wait exactly five minutes (but sometimes it creeps up on ten) to read the test results. I think I have found my problem though in your last suggestion. I have been using the vacuum every week and doing about 30% of the gravel at a time. I believe that was suggested to me in the last thread, or I read it in someone else's thread. Either way, I will stop cleaning the substrate until the tank has cycled.
I have heard that it is best not to use" bacteria in a can" so to speak, to speed up the cycle because it could just make the tank unstable once nitrates appear?
I might try to add 1 or 2 fish next week, but I don't think very many of the types of fish I like are hardy enough to withstand a cycle. I am new to fishkeeping and petco recommended the glofish and fancy guppies as starting fish since I told them that I wanted to keep extremely colorful fish. I now know that the glofish are very frowned upon even though they don't really appeal much to me because they are extremely mean/aggressive toward others of their kind. They do not bother the guppies though, so that is good.
And I am sure that the next question is going to be "what kind of fish are you looking at stocking?" to which I don't really have a good answer. It seems that all the fish I like will get way to big for my tank, or are too aggresive to keep with guppies(which I do want more of). Beside guppies, the only other fish that have caught my eye are ghostfish which I the people at petsmart say that you have to add 3-6 at a time since they are schooling fish. My tank is very neon with some roman ruins thrown in :), so what I am trying to stay away from is the dark grey/brown colored fish. I will quit rambling now and go change my water..... any other advice is always welcome!
Last edited by MBilyeu; 12-10-2008 at 08:41 PM..