okay, this is for my mom, not me...anyways...she has had her 10 gal tank set up for about a week and a half now, she added 3 fish the day after (all but one died...tiger barbs and a neon) then she got a molly and some platys...and i gave her a swordtail. her molly died. her platy and molly had babies (6 survived) so now there is a total of 6 large fish (2 danios, 2 platys, 1 sword, and a barb) and 6 babies. i know this is overstocked, especially for a cycling tank...but she won't get rid of them...
she recently(2 days ago) had her water tested at lfs and they told her her ammonia was off the charts so she decided to do frequent water changes to bring the levels down so the babies wouldnt die. she purchases her water from lfs and i believe it is RO water. she now has very cloudy green water (algae blooms) and i am wondering what advice to give her as far as:
1. how many, and how often should you do water changes while cycling?
2. how do you know when your tank has cycled?
3.what should she do about her algae?
tank water readings are as follows: