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jess79 09-11-2010 02:06 PM

Newbie with 29 gallon tank needs advice!
Hello all! I'm just starting out and have lots of questions. I've had a 5 gallon tank for over a year now and realize I was doing everything wrong with it. I've been doing a lot of research and am hoping to have better luck with my new 29 gallon tank. I bought a test kit and got my 5 gallon under control then used media from it to start off my new tank. I've had the 29 gallon up and running for a week now and it seems to be doing pretty good. I have 6 zebra danios in it and they are all over the place and seem to be doing quite well. I've had the fish for 5 days now and my ammonia level is 0.25ppm, nitrite 0, nitrate 5ppm, and pH 7.6. Does that sound normal? The pH of my 5 gallon is only 7.2 which makes me think that the rock i put in the new tank is causing my pH to be higher. I removed the rock and tried the vinegar trick I read about on here, but it didn't bubble. What does that mean? Should I even be concerned about a pH of 7.6? I'm planning on adding 3 platies, 5 lemon tetras, 1 red eye tetra(in 5 gallon now), and 4 cory cats(1 in 5 gallon now). I also have about 7 or 8 extremely small snails that I have no idea where they came from??? I would like to add freshwater plants as well, but am not sure when I should do this. The guy at my fish store told me I needed to wait for plants. When is a good time? When is a good time to add the 2 fish that are in my 5 gallon? I'm trying to do everything right with this tank, but I feel like I'm at a standstill. Where do I go from here? Thanks in advance for any help!

redchigh 09-11-2010 02:37 PM

Your tank is not cycled yet.

The 5G will have a lower ph because it's been established longer. Bacteria and natural processes lower ph.

Have you ever tested your tap water? (both directly from the tap, and after being aerated for 30 minutes.)

sik80 09-11-2010 03:00 PM

contrary to what the guy in the store said, plants can be added straight away to a tank and will actually help to remove some of the ammonia produced by the fish. I suggest you read byron's excellent 4 part stickies in the Aquarium Plants section of the forum for more info on keeping plants :-D

jess79 09-12-2010 09:57 PM

Thanks for the suggestions. I'll test my tap pH tomorrow. The posts on plants were extremely helpful! Thank you for reccomending them!

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