12-24-2011, 12:20 AM
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OK, so after a fishless cycle (using planted bio and ammonia), the 36 gallon tank finished cycling about 10 days ago best I can tell. I spiked it up first, then waited for nitrites, then nitrates, and nitrite and ammonia eventually fell back to zero. I was beginning to wonder if it was ever going to happen it was so far off the charts, but it did. I did the big water change, then fed the empty tank food only for a few days while I gathered my courage to put live fish in it lol.
I bought 4 Bloodfin Tetras, and was scared to put them in there, so I kept them in a maintained hospital tank (always fed by fish food) for almost 3 days before I moved them over. It's been a few days now, and they seem to be doing great. No one is hanging out at the top, or not eating or anything weird, so I think I'm good for now that way. I managed to get a piece of well soaked driftwood in there already too, with no ill effects that I can detect. (water looks good, and ph seems good)
Someone had asked me up there if I was thinking of planting the tank, and I said I was nervous about that lol. But the more I look, I can't see how I can really get it how I want it to look unplanted. I would like to add shrimp in the near future etc, And I don't see how I can do what I want with the substrate I have. (your basic black rock)
So, now, I am looking at replacing that...In a seemingly young established tank. Am I going to make a giant mess? Pulling the fish out is not the end of the word, if I can catch them that is lol. But I would really hate to start a cycle or mini cycle by doing this. I haven't touched the filter, so at least I have that (fruval 304)
Should I do it one half at a time left then right or something like that?
I just don't want to add the stock I intend to add, knowing now, this is the way I will end up going in the near future. I wish I had the foresight to just use this stuff in the first place, but I did'nt...That or the knowledge. I guess we learn something new every day like it or not lol.
Thanks in advance, and sorry for the long post.