New to this forum so hello everyone!
Im sure youll see plently of me around as im a "noob" to fish. Just set up my first aqaurium which is a 19Gallon(Imp) Glo-Light.
Im going for tropical fish so on monday added the water and the Safe Start to remove Chlorine and Chloramine and also added the Bacteria to get things rolling.
Did a test today just to see how things are going and these were the results.
pH - 7.6
Nitrite - 0
Nitrate - 20-40
Ammonia - 0.25
I guess as there is still ammonia in the tank no fish yet but other than that is it looking good?
It looks pretty good, other than the ammonia, what is the temp. set at?
Temps at 28C
Im a little confused about it all though. I havnt added any ammonia. I only added the Safe Start to purify the water and then added the bacteria.
When everything balances, you can add some feeder guppies to 'test' and make sure the tank is ready. It is optional to do that, but it can pay off if you want to invest in more expensive fish. (Feeder guppies are about 10 cents each.)
Do you know about cycling your tank? If not then there is a great sticky byt fish4all in the starting and maintaining section that you could read.
You could use feeder guppies as suggested but I prefer the fishless cycle, a few methods of the fishless cycle are detailed in the sticky. Fishless is kinder because by using fish, the fish are basically a sacrafice to the tank so that you can have the fish you eventually want. Fish present during a cycle are likely to die, or not to have long healthy lives.
Welcome to the forum. :)
I didn't mean use the fish to cycle. :D I ment put them in after the tank cycles to make sure it's ok. Sorry if I wasn't clear.
Im probably going for a fishless cycles because most of the LFS around here will be closed for abit of xmas so it ill have to wait anyway.
Id rather leave it an extra week or so and have healthy fish than sacrafice them.
Guppies over here(UK) are cheap but not that cheap.
Glad to hear you have chosen to do the fishless cycle. :)
If your water is treated with chloramine and you use the typical products to remove chlorine, you will end up showing some ammonia. The same products make the ammonia into the safer ammonium form but its still there in the test. My tap water, when treated, shows 1 ppm of ammonia using a liquid reagent type test. I just need to keep this in mind when I I am doing water changes or it would bother me. Right after a water change I have some measurable ammonia but after only a few hours my bacteria have taken care of it.
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