04-29-2013, 04:04 PM
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Originally Posted by Tropical Trav
I will get some Prime. Do I add it in with the water in the bucket before i put it into the tank or do I just change 15 gallons and then put enough Prime for 29 gallons? After the first use, I would assume in the bucket (new water) only. Is this correct? Also, after "nature takes its course", what do I do to keep the ammonia up to complete the cycle?( I want glass catfish, cherry barbs and Neon Tetras by the way). Stock new fish?
If you are bucketing it then you can add the Prime to the bucket based on the bucket volume. You can also add it to the tank and use the tank volume, either way works.
You don't need to add ammonia, that's what the fish do for you. I am not certain if you have enough plants to soak up ammonia from a lot of fish but if you are lightly stocking initially, 10 fish in a 29 gallon is good, then you should be fine. Don't add any more fish for a few weeks to let everything get settled more.
The cycle happens even though the plants may be circumventing the need for it, I did it that way, plants, 12 fish, no cycle in a couple of days. I did see some nitrite after adding too many fish at another point but it was a quick spike as the cycle still happens albeit on a much smaller scale.
I started with Cherry barbs and had no issues. I wasn't doing daily changes, just daily testing and weekly changes.
I can't address the aggressive neon issue.