Originally Posted by corry
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 .