Originally Posted by Mean Harri
Most of ya may not by now from the journal I started. If not, my 55g is planted since Sat. night.
The week prior all it had was the eco complete in it. I added a few fish food flakes each day as the eco said it contained live bacteria. I drained 50-60% of the water, planted it, and took reading today.
Ammonia not qite .25 ppm
nitrates 30 ppm
To have nitrates there has to be a cycle going or darn near completed. Yes/no?
I'm thinking of getting about 5 Danios tomorrow, Feb 14. What ya all think?
I am sure there will be many responses to this, but if it were me I would not add them yet since there is an ammonia reading. I would wait to see how high that will go if it goes any higher. If it is seeded, it may not go real high. My 56 gallon cycled immediately after I seeded it....or at least shortly thereafter...never showed an ammonia or nitrate reading. My 14 gallon tank tricked me during the cycle and it always showed a little nitrates from the beginning. However, I did find out later that our tap has slight nitrates....very slight. I do know though that Prime or Ammo Lock (which many here do not recommend) can detoxify that amount of ammonia. The think I would worry about is, if you add the fish and there is not enough good bacteria yet, that amount of ammonia can get higher to which the Prime can no longer detoxify enough
of it because it is beyond that amount that it says it can detoxify.
That is great that the Eco Complete has live bacteria in it. It should help with your cycling speed along with the plants. I will say that since your tank has more water than the 14 gallon that I am referring to of ours, and since you have way more plants, even if you did put a few small fish in there, there is a chance it would not get too high. Although, again, if it were me doing it over again, I would wait just to know that there will not be any headaches and worry for fish.
Others may have a different opinion but if mine was showing any sign of ammonia, I would wait to see what happens and just keep feeding it food. Even though it says that Prime can detox that amount of ammonia, I would still worry that the fish may detect something when you put them in there....bam, bad conditions to the fish right off the bat. If you decide to wait, you may find that it completes its cycle fast and the wait won't be that long.