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post #21 of 28 Old 06-29-2011, 09:37 AM
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I would suggest adding the live plants as soon as you are able to, because they will help the tank with the cycling process. The plants use the ammonia and the nitrites. For now if it was me I would be checking the parameters of the water on a daily basis, and do water changes as needed, until the tank has cycled. You will know that the tank has cycled when you get a reading of ammonia 0, nitrite 0, and nitrates start to register about 10-20 on nitrates. Also until the tank has cycled I would not add any new fish.
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post #22 of 28 Old 06-29-2011, 09:53 AM
You should start with live plants because they reduce the effect of ammonia and such by consuming them. For example on my nano I didn't need to wait for my tank to cycle but I did anyways because I didn't know.

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post #23 of 28 Old 06-29-2011, 01:27 PM
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Agree on adding plants now.

You should be OK on the cycle. Eight neons in a 56g tank to which you added Stability should be fine. But no more fish yet. Get some live plants first.

On the feeding, I would cut back to once per day, preferably in the morning about 1/2 to an hour after the light comes on over the tank. Fish are most active then, and best able to digest food. And once a day is sufficient; even missing a day, such as the water change day, is good. A hungry fish is a healthy fish, and fish will (or should) always appear "hungry." They will eat to excess if food is available, it's their natural instinct, so we have to be careful not to overfeed because they seem hungry.

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post #24 of 28 Old 07-03-2011, 09:30 PM Thread Starter
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I have plalnted my 56g yeasterday, it has been 2 weeks since I set up tank, and still all readings zero (ph 7.6, ammonia 0, nitrite 0, nitrate 0). 8 Neons very happy though (prob due to all readings still zero). Should I see change soon now that I have planted the aquarium?

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I have plalnted my 56g yeasterday, it has been 2 weeks since I set up tank, and still all readings zero (ph 7.6, ammonia 0, nitrite 0, nitrate 0). 8 Neons very happy though (prob due to all readings still zero). Should I see change soon now that I have planted the aquarium?


As Byron has mentioned, and as did I in one of your other threads,, Eight neon tetra's in 56 gallons will not represent or create a large bio- load on this tank.
With addition of live plant's also already suggested,, there should be next to no chance of ammonia or nitrites rising to dangerous level. Does not mean than one should add a bunch more fish, but rather wait two weeks to fourteen day's between addition's of two to four small fishes to create a school,and then wait some more and slowly add larger fish one or two at a time. There never becomes a time during or after (cycling) when it is wise to add a bunch of fish at once. There is no magic time when this would be wise.
A new tank can be cycled with few small fishes per volume of water and careful feeding of same without registering toxic to lethal levels of ammonia and or nitrite's.
Takes discipline,clean water,and patience and if done right,,no fishes are harmed.
Have set up more than a few classroom aquariums for small student's in such a way (few small fish at a time) for small student's are seldom content with viewing an empty aquarium waiting,,, for cycling process to allow for fishes which they then want in large number's.
Fishless cycling is alway's less stressful ,lethal, for fishes but many are those who inadvertantly begin with too many fish .

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post #26 of 28 Old 07-04-2011, 01:25 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks 1077, will keep posted re levels, had to add 2 more neons and 2 zebra danios today because daughters tank overcrowded, will keep a close eye on them though and in 2 weeks will add more zebra danios to create a school, appreciate everyones advice, really wish now that I did fishless cycle!! Oh well learn from mistakes and hopefully no casualties! thanks

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Thanks 1077, will keep posted re levels, had to add 2 more neons and 2 zebra danios today because daughters tank overcrowded, will keep a close eye on them though and in 2 weeks will add more zebra danios to create a school, appreciate everyones advice, really wish now that I did fishless cycle!! Oh well learn from mistakes and hopefully no casualties! thanks
There will be no issues, not with so few fish in a 55g and now with live plants. Just go slow.

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