Thanks again for replying everyone
, I usually change the fry tank about 30% daily and the 23 gallon I change about 10% a day, yeah it is time consuming but needs to be done. I did my water tests again today on both tanks the fry tank was the same as usual ammonia 0.25mg/l, nitrites <0.3 mg/l and the nitrates are 12.5 mg/l This was before I did the water changes.
The tests for the 23gallon tank was ammonia 0 nitrites <0.3mg/l and nitrates are 12.5mg/l. I have never got any readings for nitrites since I've started this (in either tank) and always I've got readings for nitrates.... this is really puzzling me... and now the ammonia test came back zero for the first time since I've started testing.
To make sure, I tested the ammonia 3 times today and all the tests came back zero. I'll keep testing daily but surely the tank can't be cycled without getting nitrite readings. It is in use nearly four weeks now and haven't picked up any yet. I think its from all the daily water changes and not letting the ammonia rise too high. The highest I ever tested the ammonia for was 1.5mg/l, this was nearly all of last week but weird how ammonia is zero today.
About the deformed fry, someone will have to come and euthanise it for me because I really can't do it!! I know he's not swimming but he is well able to move and is eating... He doesn't look in pain and I've named him, can't kill the poor thing now, I don't have the heart...
Well I don't know what I am going to do with all the fry I really think this next batch due will have to face the perils of the 23 gallon with the adult swordtail fish
I really have enough going on.. I have floating plants in the fry tank and will buy somemore for the next batch to hide in in the 23 gallon tank.
Tophat 665 - I feed the fry about 3 times a day, liqifry, once in the morning, once in the evening and once around 8pm (I work all day so these are the only times i can do it.) I read on the net that bloodworms are good for fry and they love them but I only give them about 3 worms a week..
There is no need to use the shrimp to cycle the tank, I got the ammonia and that is working nicely.. it's just hard to get a hold of here as it was used in making explosives during the 70's by paramilitary organisations
I tested the 10 gallon today and the results were 5.0mg/l ammonia, nitrites <0.3mg/l and nitrates were between 12.5 and 25 mg/l. I did not add anymore ammonia today as the level has not dropped since yesterday.
I'll just sit tight now I think and continue with the water tests and changes for now.. thanks for all the advice I think I have followed all you have told me to do except for euthanizing the deformed fry and buying the snails (still can't find) If anyone else thinks I am doing wrong, please let me know