Hello, all. I have a few questions regarding Pea Gravel and Cycling. Pea Gravel:
Okay. I will be using Pea Gravel for my aquariums as a cheaper alternative to Aquarium Gravel. It is sold for around $4 a bag at my Wal-Mart. I will rinse it very well and let it dry before adding it to my aquarium. I just got money so right now all I have are empty aquariums, filters, lights, stands and food. Here are my questions regarding the gravel.
1.) How many pounds of gravel are in one cubic foot
of Pea Gravel?
I have Googled this question, but I cannot seem to find the answer. I am also on an iPod Touch because I currently do not have access to my mum's laptop so it got me a trifle frustrated.
2.) For non-planted aquaria, how many inches of gravel should I have?
I was planning on about an inch. Is this too much, or too little? Cycling:
These are my 'first' aquaria and I have recently learned about cycling. I have never cycled a tank before and plan on doing a fishless cycle. Here are my questions regarding cycling.
1.) What type of Ammonia source (other than fish food) can I use?
I've heard of pure ammonia, but I would like to know what it does, the dose per gallon, brands, cost, ect.
2.) How long does it take to cycle an aquarium on average?
I have heard anywhere from 3-6 weeks, is this correct?
3.) How often and how large of water changes should I be doing to cycle this aquarium?
I will be using a gravel vaccum to do water changes.
4.) During cycling, when using the gravel vaccum to do water changes, should I be vaccuming the gravel or just performing a water change?
I just do not want to disturb any benificial bacteria. (I get a little overly-worried about my tanks. Sorry.)
5.) How often should I be testing the water?
I have an API Liquid Master Test Kit.
I think that's all of the questions I had. I do have a few odds and end questions as well.
1.) Introducing the least agressive fish first will be the most benificial route to go, correct?
I thought that maybe this way to more aggressive ones wouldn't feel like others were invading their territory. Just a personal theory.
2.) If water changes are kept up, is over-stocking okay?
I'm accuiring these fish from a friend that cannot take proper care of them and cannot find another home for them. He wants to euthinize these fish but I got him to wait until I can get my tank up and cycled and he will be giving them to me. They are the fish listed in my Mixed Community fish tank. My tank is almost three times larger than his 12 gallon. It's not a major size difference, but it's much more room for the fish. We have been seeking out someone to take these fish for three months and after no luck, I have decided to take these fish in and provide them with a home where I can ensure they are well taken care of, even if I do not have the exact tank size this number of fish require. I am willing to keep up with my water changes and try to ensure a happy, healthy life for them.
That's all for now. I apologize for asking so many questions, I just want to do this right for the well-being of these fish.