11-22-2010, 06:18 PM
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Originally Posted by Jwest
ok, so i should cycle it with plants and see where i'm at?
If you can, plant it well as soon as you're ready (no leaks, filter and heater working overnight, etc.).
A few fish can be added once it is well planted. But before doing that, decide what sort of community you want. No point in buying fish that will not fit in down the road. The fish should have very similar requirements in terms of water parameters in particular, and then obviously be compatible in their behaviours.
Initially, the pH is likely going to be high like your tap water. Only in time with fish and bacteria in the tank will this lower a bit, and with the plants and some wood. Depending upon your choice of fish, you may want to adjust the pH initially as I mentioned before.