12-24-2010, 09:17 PM
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Agreed, you should always cycle your tank. But it makes it harder to cycle when you have plants, but it's possible. When i got my 2nd tank and wanted to set it up in a hurry, i bought Tetra's Safe Start. Put it in, added 2 guppies and a couple White Cloud minnows and it was cycled completely within 1-2 days. If you're worried about losing more fish, you should also try it. But be warned, some people are not so lucky with the product. Anyways, your tank looks really nice, especially as a first tank! I saw your posting about your Tetra's with white spots. I'd say you should quaratine them, but you don't have an extra tank so i'm not sure how you should go about that. Any questions, let me know. I've only been keeping fish for about 6 months and i haven't lost a fish yet!(: i have 7 neons, 6 White clouds, 2 guppies, 3 black kuhli laoches (YOU SHOULD GET THESE FOR YOUR TANK! THEY ARE A GREAT ADDITION. I'd say get the regular kuhli loaches, for their better colors), and 2 grass shrimp. Go for some loaches when your tank is cycled, they are very sensitive to new/uncycled tanks. Get atleast 5, but with the size of your tank, i'd say get atleast 10(: The more of them that there are, the more you'll see them and the happier they'll be in your tank!