so, my tank's been running for about 5 weeks and things are really going great.
i've just done my first decent cleanup:
removed stocking that contained old tank's substrate
replaced the carbon pouch in my filter (didn't touch anything else)
siphoned about 2/3 of the gravel
wiped up a bunch of brown (diatom?) algae
moved some ornaments around to spice things up
ran some tests-
ammonia: .05 I was a little bummed because while this is significantly lower than all the other ammonia tests i've done, i thought the ammonia would've been gone by now. but oh well
what's important is that the water is crystal clear, the algae outbreak has completely subsided (reducing photoperiod probably helped too), and oh yeah, the fish seem to be fantastic. frisky and getting plumper by the day.
it's funny actually, i've put them in this sprawling new tank but they chill out in the leftmost corner all day waiting/begging for food. live a little guys! i try to lure them to other areas with food but i worry if i sprinkle it too far away they'll never find it (esp. the black moor, he doesn't see so good). i suppose they'll do some more exploring as they grow into the tank.
anyway, i'll post some pictures before too long and show you what my thriving Goldfish
take care everybody,