SO... after I got my penguin 200 filter on my 30 gallon tank I just sorta... left it as it was. For those who dont remember I had a hell of a time getting the tank to cycle because I kept doing too many/big water changes and adding fish. so for about 2 months now I have not added any fish and just done small 10% weekly water changes. I dont feed a silly amount and what I do feed, even if its alot gets hoarded by the 8 cory cats and snail.
So today just for kicks before work I checked the params for the first time in a long time and the ammonia was still up around 2ppm :( what gives? should the tank not have cycled by now? the water is even crystal clear.
I did change filters, but the old filter ran along side the new one for several weeks before it was removed.
stocking is 1 PB dwarf gourami, 12 glowlight tetras, 6 trilineatus corys, 2 peppered corys, and 1 blue mystery snail.
filtration is now just 1 penguin 200 biowheel filter.
lighting is i think a 25watt florescent bulb, whatever came with the all-glass hood, and is on only 10 hours a day.
heating is 1 150 watt heater (i think, its the one it came with) running around 78F.
feeding is a mix of tetramin color crisps, and regular crisps, frozen brine shrimp once a week or so, freezedried blood worms, and sinking tropical and algea wafers for the cats. feeding 2x a day, the morning feeding is a bit bigger to allow the corys to go nuts.
I didnt have a chance to get the other params because I was running late for work, but I can get them if needed.
thanks in advance folks!